YEU Cyprus stands for Youth for Exchange and Understanding Cyprus and it is a non- political, non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Nicosia, Cyprus. It was established in 1995 with the aim to advocate for young people raising their voice in society. To do so YEU Cyprus promotes the fostering of close cooperation and better understanding among young people of the world through the exchange of information, experiences and ideas. YEU Cyprus strives to encourage young people to become active members of our society on a local, national and European level. It is one of the biggest youth organizations in Cyprus numbering more than 500 members and considered to be one of the most active organizations of the island realizing several activities both on international and local level, mainly based on non formal education. YEU Cyprus is a full member of the Cyprus Youth Council and the Youth Council of the Municipality of Nicosia and is represented in both Boards. It is also a member of the YEU International platform which is under the European Youth Forum umbrella and the Anna Lindh Foundation.
The mission of YEU Cyprus is to provide young people with the opportunity to become social actors on a local and global level through a participatory and inclusive course of action. It focuses on establishing synergies to further raise awareness on important societal issues, advocate for youth rights through a bottom-up approach and offer educational opportunities through non formal education and experiential learning.
It’s vision is to empower and engage young people to create the change they want to see in our societies and the world. In the past five years YEU Cyprus has focused on projects that deal with active citizenship, remembrance, volunteerism, intercultural education, cultural heritage, human rights education, mental health education, sustainability and peace building through the use of non formal methods and then implementation of a variety of local and International projects.