How we started
YLSL was formed in 2003 by some dynamic and patriotic Sierra Leonean young people, consisting of school head prefects, university student union presidents, heads of youth groups and civil society organisations, and a few other young dedicated Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora particularly in the UK, Holland, and USA. The organisation was officially launched on 29th July 2005 by Mr Solomon Berewa, who was Vice President at the time at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown.
YLSL was formed mainly to promote the growing recognition of the importance of young people’s participation in decision-making, as successful efforts to engage young people have led to better policy formulation, implementation and evaluation in post war Sierra Leone. And to this end promote commitment and understanding of human rights and democracy, attain a corrupt free, democratic, economically viable, culturally minded, socially oriented, development focused, enlighten people, good governance, politically stabled, peaceful, and to establish firm leadership foundation in Sierra Leone.
YLSL has successfully accomplished several projects directed towards youth development, in addition to the successful extension of the organisation to branches in the United Kingdom, Holland, and recently in the United States of America.