Our short history and background
to explain who we are!
“To inspire positive change”; The thought in the mind of ten young women that led to the creation of Youth Club back in 2011 is the same force driving us today which has virtually turned YC into a well-oiled machine, churning out motivated youth that are leaders of tomorrow.
These girls were 10 friends who hailed from completely different backgrounds but what they had in common was their source of inspiration: The Word of Allah, the Quran. Wanting to spread the message of Islam to the youth, the friends decided that they would start a youth organisation by the youth, for the youth.
Youth Club started small. Our first projects were small social welfare projects like ‘The Joy of Giving’. Our first real signature YC-style mega event called ‘Skilled Up’ was organised in 2011. This included different skill trainings such as time management, emotional intelligence, tajweed etc., along with snacks and games on the side.
By October 2011, the Youth Club team had grown much larger. The YC Lahore chapter was launched to expand our efforts to other cities in Pakistan.
2012 saw the first of its kind ‘Winds of Change Tour’ which travelled throughout Pakistan with local and international speakers, calling people towards Islam in a contemporary style which touched the hearts of the masses by Allah’s will. The demand from various institutes throughout Pakistan for more of such events led to the need of formalising the team. This brought Raja Zia ul Haq onto the scene who was appointed as the CEO of this organization and was entrusted with the responsibility of leading this group of young, highly motivated and driven individuals.
Following the same pattern of unparalleled growth, YC hit the 1000+ attendance mark in their workshop ‘Colour me Happy’ in 2014. This was not the last time. Most of the mega events that followed attracted huge crowds who were left with a fire kindled inside of them to do something positive.
In 2015, YC registered itself as a Trust under the Trusts Act of Pakistan to further streamline their efforts. The very next year saw Winds of Change Tour come back with a bang going from Kashmir to Quetta, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and countless cities in between!
Mega workshops and study-gatherings continued all throughout 2017 with the highlights of the year being the launch of mega events with multiple speakers and the announcement of the YC Football Academy. The YC Football Academy provided a unique opportunity for young boys to get physically and spiritually motivated.
2018 brought structural changes to YC as the team did not want the YC dream to become lost in a mismanaged organization. To cater to the demands of a growing youth base, it was important to be professional and efficient. Key structural changes meant that Youth Club activities started to happen in a more organised, corporate manner all the while keeping the spirit of the YC Brotherhood and Sisterhood alive.
We also introduced innovative events like YC Taraweeh + Tafsir to further inspire people in Ramadan; Wilderness Retreats for boys; Lockup Masjid; and Ramadan and Winter donation drives.
2019 has followed the same pattern with special focus on social welfare projects and weekly gatherings with the purpose of creating a special bond between people and Islam.
Where there is a will, there is a way. Somewhere between seeking venues, hosting small scaled events and keeping up finances with bake sales, to moments of pumping up the team before a mega-event or organising multiple weekly gatherings all across Pakistan, the vision of 10 young women determined enough to make a positive change, transformed into one of the biggest youth organizations in Pakistan. Today, Youth Club has official chapters and offices in Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore, and smaller camps in Faisalabad, Sialkot, Peshawar and Kunri.
From more than 20 weekly gatherings and 100s of mega events
to social welfare activities
to recreational activities
to physical activities
to mental health lectures
to talks on social issues
to connecting the youth to scholars
to social media activism
to live online sessions
to dawah missions on the streets
to counselling sessions
to one-to-one mentorship
to engaging international scholars and speakers
to media exposure
to Ultimately ‘Inspiring Positive Change’ in the society and in the process ‘Creating Role Models Worldwide’!
All this and much more is done by the various YC teams and departments, including both full-time paid members and volunteers, amassing to a group of 100+ diversely talented and highly motivated youth. Having touched almost every city and major institute across the country, the spirits and aims at Youth Club continue to grow.
May Allah ta’ala accept it from all those working for his sake on the forefront and in the background. Ameen!