Introduction
Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) is a non-governmental, non- political and non-profit making social organization established by dedicated youths for the protection and promotion of child and youth rights in Nepal through advocacy, research and campaign. It was registered in the District Administration Office (DAO) Nawalparasi on October 3rd of 2004 and affiliated to the Social Welfare Council (SWC) in Kathmandu.

As a part of human rights protection and promotion, JCYCN has observed and monitored many human rights violation cases especially of children during the ten years insurgency in Nepal and it has also initiated various campaigns in the country for generating a conducive environment for children and youths. In a post-war period and during state rebuilding, JCYCN believes in the essential need of participation of all caste, creed, race, age, gender and ethnicity, as the voice of each individual is very important. Therefore, committed towards its vision, mission and goals, JCYCN always stands ahead to raise key issues and ensure youth and children’s participation in various level of the state building mechanism.

The structural profile of JCYCN consists of thirty-three general members comprising of 18 males and 15 females with vision of inclusiveness and equality. Currently, we have four full time employees who are working under various capacities, many who are rendering their services to the organization voluntarily and according to their skills, and 50 youth volunteers that come into action when necessary. Due to financial crunch, the organization has not been able to provide monetary benefits to the volunteer members though they have been continuously working and pursuing activities with the coordination and cooperation of different organizations and government agencies. Given the financial barriers, JCYCN aims to provide network support and professional opportunities for volunteers as a way to encourage and respect their contributions.

History
JCYCN was initially established with the formation of Jagriti Child Club Nepal (JCCN), which is the first and foremost children’s club in Nepal without any external support. There was no provision for registering children’s clubs in the country until 1998 as the Nepali legislative development lacked recognition of child’s rights to register anything due to their lack of legal citizenship at the time. That was about to change when a group of enthusiastic children registered a case in the Supreme Court and in the Ministry of Home demanding their right to open a child club in Nepal. After three years of debate and persistent advocacy, the Supreme Court of Nepal finally gave its verdict in favor of the children and JCCN.

The verdict given by the Supreme Court of Nepal is such a progressive landmark that it has been studied with greater importance by Law students in renowned colleges in Kathmandu. Since then, JCCN has received legal permission to organize programs for groups of children and form child clubs in Nepal. From its inception, JCCN received positive feedback from various communities and many have been influenced by its initiatives. As the first child club of Nepal, JCCN did a number of imperative works including campaigns and advocacy programs on child related topics such as quality education, sanitation and health concerns, sustainability and environment, child marriage, decision-making participation, and so on.

After gaining valuable expertise, the same children of JCCN who had by now crossed the age of 18, felt the need for a youth forum to implement their skills and knowledge for the betterment of society. This led to the formation of JCYCN, a child and youth NGO registered in Nawalparasi on October 3rd, 2004, but that has been working in the field of child and youth since 2001.

Vision
To build a model society in which every youth and child lives a dignified life without any form of discrimination, exploitation and injustice, and in which they are fully conscious about their rights.

Mission
Including all forms of creative ideas through different campaigns, advocacy and projects, JCYCN mission is to internalize child and youth sensitization for protection and promotion of their rights, focusing on their empowerment and involvement in social programs to bring lasting peace and prosperity in Nepal.

Goal
Contribute towards the development of a fair and just society by strengthening the capacity of the community members, promoting social justice, securing human rights and establishing lasting peace.

Values

  • Dedicationstaff devotion and faith towards their work and organization to achieve their targets.
  • Enrichment – Great opportunities are offered to the staff and general members to get involved in activities to broaden their experiences and enhance their personal and professional development.
  • Encouragement – to raise confidence to the point where one dares to do what is considered difficult.
  • Participation – to believe in collective participation of people from all walks of life for the well-being and upliftment of the community.

Objectives

  • To promote national and international youth and child rights movement to eliminate all types of injustice through advocacy, lobbing, social mobilization and by organizing training workshops and alliance building programs.
  • To focus specific on girls rights’ campaigns and programs to promote their empowerment and inclusion.
  • To emphasize on the promotion of human rights conservation and monitoring especially through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) program, and child and youth participation on peace building.
  • To promote and empower Child and Youth Clubs by enhancing their capacity to play a positive role in society.
  • To support and advocate for Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG).
  • To empower marginalized children and youth by raising their awareness on relevant topics as HIV/AIDS, child trafficking and sexual abuse; by supporting quality education; by assisting them with life skills training; and by launching income generating programs.
  • To promote and support safe and dignified migration among youth.
  • To create pressure on the government for the implementation of the commitments made for the rights of children and youths.

Policy and Governance
JCYCN is guided and ran by the following policies and guidelines:

  • Administrative and Financial Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Communication Policy
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Policy
  • Gender and Inclusion Policy
  • Human Resource Policy

Major Activities
Since its establishment, JCYCN has been working on the principles of value and right based approach. Following are the regular programs of JCYCN:

  • Child and Youth in Peace Building
  • Promotion of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250
  • Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, including support to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
  • Promotion and Protection of Girls’ Rights and concerns
  • Promotion of Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG)
  • Promotion of Quality Education and Child Friendly Schools
  • Promotion of Youth Safe and Dignified Migration
  • Humanitarian Support for the Affected of Disaster and Conflict
  • Networking (Local to National and International levels)

Working Areas 
JCYCN is currently working on the following districts of Nepal:

  • Kathmandu
  • Lalitpur
  • Nawalparasi
  • Rasuwa
  • Sindhupalchok