National Youth Organization of Pakistan (NYOP) works with Pakistani and South Asian migrant communities since 2013. NYOP is registered with State of New York, Department of State under Section 402 of the Not-for-profit Corporation Law in 2013 and also having Tax Exemption status with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under section 501(C)(3).

We help in creating an inclusive environment by establishing clear communication among people and providing help on different matters. Our main operations are to organize Youth Education Programs, language programs, interfaith dialogues and cultural integration programs. Our language programs help Pakistani immigrants get comfortable with speaking English; for example, NYOP created a program for women who found it difficult to speak the English language. They were tutored by organization’s members in preparation for their citizenship exam. Our interfaith dialogue is an interaction between different religions residing in the same community to produce a positive conversation. Our purpose is to get young people involved in their communities and help immigrant families stay connected to their heritage. Our programs help with community development as an entire community joins together to solve major social, economic, Injustice and cultural problems.

Youth is an architect of future. This is not a conventional statement but it is carried a solid fact because the future of a nation depends on young people. Youth has the potential to make difficulties easier and convert impossible in to possible and if we ignore or not consider seriously of this very capable, full of dynamism and confident section of the society, this will lead not only to increasing depression and frustration among youth but also hampered their mental and emotional growth which can be seen by lack of youth participation in different fields of life.

Pakistan has an estimated population of 210 Million while 60% population living on or below US $3 per day. We have approximately 63% young women and men that consider high ranking in the world. Many millions of these young men and women do not get adequate support, facilities and avenues to access opportunities for training, education and skills development so that they could ably contribute to the, betterment of society. In the present international scenario we need a modern/liberal and effective result-oriented action plan which would lead the youth in to positive direction and create a healthy attitudinal change for the moderate, enlightened and Peaceful society. We stand at 150th position in UNO Human Development Index 2018, which is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and economy; the index was developed in 1990 by Pakistani economist Dr. Mahbub ul Haq.

We are also trying to work on a national level for Pakistanis living in other parts of the United States. We carry out our aims by working with the community board, local organizations and NYC elected officials. NYOP also works closely with local colleges and universities. We emphasize direct and practical participation of people in the development process, compulsory and essential role of youth and women in all development processes, equal access to resources, opportunities and information to maintain social justice, collective thinking in addressing people’s problems and effective strategies and participation of all in long-term sustainable development. NYOP believes that “Each generation should live better than last”. We are trying to play our part in helping Pakistani youth to have a better future. If we join ideas, resources and strength we will plant good seeds for the future of Peaceful world.

Shahid Khan

Founder / President, National Youth Organization of Pakistan (NYOP)

Member at Large, Brooklyn Community Board 14

Vice President, 70th Prescient Interfaith Clergy Council