Our Story

Our Premise

In Canada, Afghan youth tend to live in low socioeconomic households and are not always able to pursue higher education. In some areas, Afghan youth are vulnerable to gang involvement and substance use issues. In addition, although Afghan-Canadian youth are politically aware of issues in Afghanistan or Canada, there is a lack of mobilization and organization to channel their energy into civic action.

Afghan Youth Engagement and Development Initiative (AYEDI) was launched in May 2018 by Khalidha Nasiri. AYEDI is a federally registered non-partisan, non-profit organization that aims to build the mental, social, and community health of Afghan youth in Canada through civic engagement, community leadership, and mentorship opportunities. Our focus is on providing opportunities for and building the capacity of Afghan-Canadian youth to express their voices and be heard.

Our Vision

AYEDI aims to instil civic engagement and social development in first- and second- generation, newcomer, and refugee Afghan youth between the ages of 13 and 29 in Canada.

Our Mission

Build community capacity, networking, and knowledge sharing: We provide a platform for Afghan-Canadian youth to connect with one another and with community leaders and change makers.

Provide enriched programming activities and opportunities: We strive to provide Afghan-Canadian youth with skills and opportunities to develop their community building, civic engagement, and community leadership skills.

Support inclusive engagement and advocacy: We aspire to create cohesion and support for policies and programs at all levels of government that meet the needs of the Afghan community in Canada.

Our Pillars

Our pillars are what guide our direction and strategy every step of the way.