Since their establishment in August 2010, the Youth Trust Foundation, an independent Not-For-Profit based in Malaysia also known as myHarapan, is dedicated towards empowering young Malaysians by supporting youth projects and initiatives that contribute to current nation-building efforts. They achieve this through providing various platforms and opportunities that help them scale, sustain, expand and multiply their impact.
However, the age of these youths sometimes skews the judgment of certain quarters of the public and even themselves! The fate of their country lies in their very able hands, therefore it is essential that they inspire this section of society to look beyond their perceived limitations and be well-rounded individuals.
A multi-faceted division comprising of Outreach, and Capacity & Capability Development. Outreach acts as the face of the organisation as they reach out and inspire young people around the country; Capacity & Capability Development manages the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s workshops and skills building activities.
To support youth-led initiatives and businesses that deliver positive impact, there are 2 types of funding products offered: the Youth Action Grants and the Social Venture Fund. The former are conditional grants (micro-funding) valued from RM 500 to RM 15,000 for social initiative projects that demonstrate scalability, feasibility and ease of replication and sustainability. The Social Venture Fund, on the other hand, offers investment opportunities for social businesses and social enterprises of between RM 50,000 and RM 250,000 for early stage companies.
RESEARCH & POLICY
Drawing upon their access to hundreds of youth leaders aged 16-30 who in turn have access to millions of youths across Malaysia, they are able to build a solid database of detailed and accurate studies, surveys and profiles. Through the results of their research, they constantly put themselves in a better position to construct effective methods of attracting public support, creating fool-proof project mechanisms, providing the most compatible platforms and measuring accurately social impact. They are also members of the Social Return on Investment Network and are affiliated to the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society.