Considering the importance of providing young people with easy access to services designed for them, the Youth Center Division, DYS, MoE has been upgrading Youth Centers with bigger space as Youth-friendly Integrated Service Centers (YFISCs) to facilitate the provision of different services under one roof. Today, the Division conducted a high-level coordination meeting with relevant agencies and stakeholders at Samdrup Jongkhar to upgrade the Samdrup Jongkhar Youth Center as YFISC. Chaired by Dasho Thrompon of Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde, the meeting looked into how various youth services could be brought to the YFISC so that young people would be able to access them without any fear of stigmatization or physical inconvenience. It was agreed that the new YFISC shall house youth services related to employment, health and education under one roof. This means that focal service providers from MoLHR, MoH and MoE (Youth Center and school counsellors) would come together at the YFISC to provide youth services that are relevant to the mandates of their respective agencies. The overall understanding that emerged from the meeting was that all the concerned agencies and stakeholders must come together and invest wisely on youth development initiatives if young people should successfully transition from adolescence to adulthood and become productive and responsible citizens as envisioned by the visionary leaders of Bhutan.
Besides, the relevant officials and service providers were also oriented on the newly developed guideline for YFISCs to show how the service providers based at the YFISC could work together as a team and function in a systematic manner. The presentation highlighted the importance of strong collaboration and networking amongst the service providers and their parent organizations to ensure the systematic delivery of services for young people through the YFISC.
The meeting was attended by Dasho Thrompon, Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde (Chairperson), Director General of DYS, MoE, TEO of Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde and officials from relevant agencies such as MoLHR, MoH, schools, Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI), sector heads from Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde Administration and youth representatives. This activity was supported by UNICEF as per the approved Annual Work Plan.