The Bhutan YDF empowers young people by providing resources and platforms to define their own future and bring about positive, sustainable change in their communities.


The Bhutan YDF supports young people by offering innovative programs and opportunities to address the unique needs of underserved and disadvantaged youth.


The Bhutan YDF inspires young people to realize their full potential as productive citizens and compassionate leaders through scholarships, service-learning, and advocacy.

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Golden Youth Award Camp 2016

Venue: YDF Nazhoen Pelri Youth Development Centre, Thimphu Date: 3rd July – 10th July 2016 Program Details: Please click here to download the program details for GYA 2016 Selection Criteria: Please click here to download the selection criteria for GYA 2016. Founding philosophy: This award is founded to honor the love that our monarchs have for our youth. […]

About Bhutan

Bhutan is a landlocked country roughly the size of Switzerland, with a population of approximately 7,50,000. Bhutan is known as Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is a country deeply rooted in Mahayana Buddhism, a tradition that stresses not material rewards, but individual development, sanctity of life, compassion for others, respect for […]

Announcing YDF’s International Advisory Council

On 16 June, 2016, during the Bhutan Youth Development Fund’s 17th Foundation Day, YDF launched its inaugural International Advisory Council. The International Advisory Council comprises of 15 dedicated members from the USA, Thailand, India, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Hong Kong, and other countries around the world. They will serve as leading advocates of Bhutan’s youth and […]

Recycled egg trays empowering ‪‎Bhutan‬’s youth

At age 11, Dorji Youngten was among the top ten students in his class and dreamt of becoming an army captain; but that was a different life. A life before drugs and alcohol. “I started using drugs and alcohol when I was 12 years old. By tenth grade, I wanted to drop out of school, […]

About YDF

With a special focus on disadvantaged youth, the Bhutan Youth Development Fund enables Bhutanese youth to realize their full potential as productive citizens. The Bhutan Youth Development Fund is a senior member of civil society, known as an advocate for disability rights, substance abuse prevention and treatment, education, employment, and other important issues impacting youth. The Bhutan YDF provides financial support for youth development activities like leadership and volunteerism, drug rehabilitation, special education, basic skills and vocational training, and advocacy for youth-oriented policy.

From the President

Her Majesty the Queen Mother
Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck

The Bhutan Youth Development Fund is committed to making every youth a leader. As Bhutan's leading youth organization, we are working to address the growing needs of our youth and ensure that all youth have equal access to education, meaningful employment and opportunities to realize their potential.

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