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Afghan Youth Association (AYA) is a UK-based youth charity was founded in 2015 by a group of Afghan students to provide a platform for students, graduates and young professional to socialise, network and work together without any caste, creed or political preferences.




Afghan Youth Association (AYA) is an opportunity for progress, it is the bridge within the Afghan communities and the rest of society. It is purposefully created as an open learning platform to embrace and encourage students, graduates and young professionals of all backgrounds to collaborate and work together for the betterment of our society through sharing their knowledge and expertise with one another. 
AYA was founded on the 1st of January 2015 as a gateway for opportunities, a progressive movement towards better integration of the Afghan communities as well as a boundary eliminator within the Afghan communities and their relationship with non-Afghan communities. 
Since our first year of operation, 2015, AYA has been engaged in many collaboration with friend organizations as well as initiating many significantly applaudable projects. This includes the AYA-annual writing competition in three different languages to expand the opportunities to more people, the AYA-Mentoring Scheme to help those who are determined to pursue higher education by offering them one-to-one mentoring sessions and provide help and advice as well as getting university graduates to share their university experience with them, and online Farsi lessons for kids and adults to help them get through the global pandemic. 
The creation and existence of the Afghan Youth Association is an essential component of a progressive society,  and a much needed youth led organization with a potential to transform our communities for good. I am very grateful to all individual members of the AYA who have dedicated a proportion of their professional lives to be part of the AYA success story, and consequently, the success stories of their communities, and encourage you all to join this very young organization to make your much appreciated good contribution to society and help those in need.




Parwiz Karimi is a Chemical Engineering & Energy Graduate from the University of Leeds, and currently studies his MSc Engineering Business Management at the WMG Warwick University. Karimi believes Afghan Youth Association (AYA) is an opportunity for progress, it is the bridge within the Afghan communities and the rest of society –  a much needed platform for professional engagement and collaboration leading to the betterment of our communities



Omid Jafari is the chairman of Burton Afghan Society (BAS) in Burton-On-Trent, UK, and has held this position since 2005.
He has helped and assisted various communities with their initiatives, with more than 15 years of experience in the community. He received the higher national certificate at the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).



Shokryah is working in Vodafone Group Plc as a Business Analyst. She has graduated from King's College London University in Computer Science.  She is part of Afghan Youth Association because she believes it is a platform for youngsters like herself to break boundaries and come together to make changes we want to see in our society. It is an opportunity to give back to the community and empower young professionals to respect and learn from each other regardless of race, gender and religion.


 Working with communities to drive social welfare and to advance the education of young people in socially and economically disadvantaged communities.


A community with equal opportunity for everyone


Transparency. Professionalism & inclusion. Community cohesion

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