YES (Youth Engagement and Support) is spearheading TIB’s anti-corruption social movement by sensitizing the young people, nurturing their conscience and providing them with a way of raising voices against corruption.
The young generation, mostly college and university students, brought together in a platform called Youth Engagement & Support (YES). Like in case of the CCCs, the YES members are also selected through a rigorous selection process to ensure that they represent the desired level of honesty and integrity; and that commitment to the cause of anti-corruption is the key driving force to join the movement. The members of YES work fully on voluntary basis. 45 CCCs have been set up in seven divisions (38 districts and 7 Upazilas). Members of the YES are committed to the values, mission and TIB’s code of ethics.
The main objectives of engaging the CCC-YES are two-fold: firstly to create anti-corruption awareness and demand at the local level; and secondly to strive for specific results in selected areas of public service institutions, particularly, health, education and local government, through citizens’ participation and engagement of various stakeholders. The key mechanisms through which the CCC-YES under the Paribartan-Driving Change project strive to reduce corruption and generate accountability and transparency in selected service delivery institutions at the local level area set of social accountability tools and proceses including citizens report cards, Advice and Information Desks (AI-Desks); mothers’ gathering, Face the Public (FtP) ; and people’s theatre.
Dhaka Youth Engagement and Support (YES) groups are being organized by TIB with the objective of sensitizing them about the menace of corruption and developing virtues of good citizens - honesty, integrity, ethics, patriotism and social responsibility. They are usually in the age group of 15-30, while each YES group consists of 10-40 members. By undertaking various tailor-made programmes, these youngsters learn core values of volunteerism and prepare themselves as future leaders of anti-corruption social movement. They also develop the commitment, courage and leadership qualities needed to expand and strengthen the anti-corruption constituency. Presently 14 YES groups attached to different Universities are working with the support of TIB.