Azam Young Souls to be more effective ‘force for good’
By Jude Toyat
Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak youth volunteers, better known as Azam Young Souls (AYS), looks to scale new heights after its two-day capacity building programme last weekend Azam Young Souls Kickstart 2016.
Organised in collaboration with Azam Sarawak, the AYSKickstart 2016 programme held from March 5-6 at Damai Beach Resort aimed at setting the next direction for Azam Youth programmes with motivational talks on leadership and personal development.
“It is also to enhance the capacity of Azam Young Souls to be a more effective force for good as well as to produce recommendations on enhancing engagement and networking with youths throughout Sarawak,” said Azam Sarawak honorary secretary and Azam Youth Development Committee chairman Ariff Irwani Azahari during the official closing on March 6.
Some 50 members of Azam Young Souls took part in the one and a half day programme full of engaging activities.
“I would like to thank higher learning institutions namely Unimas, UiTM Sarawak, Limkokwing Borneo, as well as hobby community ‘Gendai Bu’, Youth Champions and SarawakYES! volunteers for their cooperation in every programme that we have organised,” he added.
Since the establishment of AYS in 2012, Azam Sarawak always strives to bring greater progress to the youth by organising youth development and engagement programmes including ‘Young Souls and the City’ and Gegaran Belia (now Jejak Aspirasi Belia).
“The Young Souls and the City was to engage the urban youths in nurturing their city into a very liveable and vibrant place with a soul rich in cultural happenings, a caring and socially harmonious community and environmentally responsible society.
“It is also to provide an avenue for Sarawak youths to work on self-development through learning, exposure, sharing, networking and contributing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jejak Aspirasi Belia is meant to provide an avenue for the rural youths to explore self-development opportunities and nurture a caring community among the youth while emphasizing on the importance of unity, good quality of life and also to grow awareness on preserving culture and environment.
“Presently the programme in Kuching has a core of about 80 to 100 youths with about five to 10 leaders from various background and expertise including musicians, singers, dancers, athletes, artiste and young entrepreneurs,” said Ariff, adding that the tremendous response and participation of the youths in Sarawak had resulted in generating fresh ideas and concepts mooted between Azam and the youths for more new, exciting and unique activities for 2016.
Meanwhile on youth volunteerism through Azam Sarawak, Ariff said that over the past few years, Azam’s youth volunteers had organised and contributed to many activities not only in Kuching but also in other parts of Sarawak.
“AYS has not only contributed to Azam’s own programmes and activities, but they have also been actively contributing to many activities organised by various organisations and government agencies,” he explained.
Among the activities include a flash mob event organised by Azam in collaboration with the Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) last year in conjunction with International Museum Day aimed at enhancing awareness and interest in various museums.
AYS also initiated a series of beach clean-up activities known as ‘Anak Pantai’ at Damai Central on May 22 last year as a way to help keep the tourist attraction clean, safe and appealing to visitors.
“We believe that their seemingly little efforts would eventually go a long way in helping to make Sarawak a progressive state and which is in line with Azam’s core mission,” he added.
The high tea was also attended by Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib, Azam Sarawak chief executive officer Datu Aloysius J Dris, Azam Youth Development Committee deputy chairman Patrick Law and Azam Sarawak board member Alice Wee.