The youth are always regarded as the prime wheeler of sustainable development; they could make the breakthroughs and bring ground breaking changes in the society with their role of active citizenship. In order to boost the idea of active citizenship, the active participation in the process of developments of the society and sharing significant responsibility with the processes, the South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) has been formulated. The SAYS envisions to build peace and prosperity in South Asia.
Since its inception back in 2008, it reached out to more than hundred top academic institutions to raise awareness on various youth related issues, implementing action projects on youth issues and now it is recognized as one of the leading youth platform for peace building activities in South Asia. Meanwhile, the friendship among the South Asian students and specially the US State Alumni of these countries has strengthened the need for common platform for idea sharing, exchanges of experiences and focusing on the contributions of the youth in the course of sustainable development. This background has reinforced South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) to take even further steps for youth empowerment of the region.
In early 2009, the Society was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms in Bangladesh as a nonprofit, non-partisan social enterprise. SAYS believes that youth should be given the chance to take an active part in decision making of local, national, regional and international levels for building peace and prosperity.