Young people working together for Youth Development
Juventude ba Dezenvolvimentu Násional (JDN) was formed by Timorese young people aged 17-24 to engage our peers in discussion and action to develop services to increase our economic independence. Early in 2014, twelve of us began meeting to develop a solid understanding of young people’s views about unemployment problems and possible solutions. Since then, with assistance from two advisors, we have formed a national NGO that was registered with FONGTIL and the Ministry of Justice in 2015/16 and we continue to develop the skills needed to achieve our personal and organizational goals.
Our priorities for 2020 are:
The vision of Juventude ba Dezenvolvimentu Nasionál is that all young people in Timor-Leste can live with dignity and equality.
Who We Are
Members of JDN are either continuing our post secondary school studies, or are working or looking for work. Ten members are currently working on a full-time or part-time basis to coordinate leadership development opportunities and project activities with assistance from two advisors from Australia. Everything we do aims to build the skills, knowledge and capacity of JDN members and other young people who participate in projects organised by JDN. Our Board meets quarterly to review organisational and project developments and provide advice. The Board consists of JDN members Elga Maria da Silva, Ines da Costa, as well as Mr Manuel Dos Santos, Ms Sonia Lay, Mr Nelson Mesquita, Ms Bernadette McEvoy and Ms Jenny Lauritsen. A coordinating group of 12 JDN members are responsible for implementing activities that respond to JDN's annual priorities.
Below: JDN members.
What We Do
In order to achieve our vision Juventude ba Dezenvolvimentu Nasionál:
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