Empower

Bhutan YDF empowers young people by providing resources to define their own future, practice leadership, and to bring a positive, sustainable change to their communities.

Support

Bhutan YDF supports young people by offering programs and opportunities to help at-risk and disadvantaged youth become productive citizens.

Inspire

Bhutan YDF inspires young people to realize their full potential through programs, scholarships, and activities.

Our Mission

The Bhutan Youth Development Fund is committed to making every youth a leader. An estimated 59 percent of Bhutanese are younger than age 24. As Bhutan’s leading youth organization, we are working to ensure that all youth have equal access to education, meaningful employment and opportunities to develop their potential. Our programs build leadership skills, encourage teamwork and promote the value of service among youth. Through advocacy work and strategic partnerships, we work to encourage youth participation, raise awareness of youth issues and promote youth-oriented policy. We invest in Bhutan’s future, one youth at a time.

News & Announcements

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About Bhutan

Bhutan is a landlocked country roughly the size of Switzerland, with a population of approximately 750,000. 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 […]

His Majesty the 4th King’s Birth Anniversary

In commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Board and Staff of YDF offers our heartfelt prayers, dedication, and love to his Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo. His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck was born to King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and Ashi Kezang Choden […]

Winter Program Enrollment Now Open

Winter Program is here! Are you looking for fun activities this Winter break besides watching television or playing all day long? For the past 5 years, the While(in)g Vacation Program sponsored by the Bhutan Youth Development Fund has offered exciting activities that are engaging and fun. The While(in)g Vacation Winter Program is a yearly program […]

Wastepaper Recycling Unit Gets Started

To reduce the rapid rising youth unemployment among recovering addicts and to conserve biodiversity through waste management in urban areas, the Bhutan Youth Development Fund is venturing into its first social enterprise in Thimphu. The Wastepaper Recycling Unit, as it is called, will be established at Bjemina Industrial Estate on a plot leased by the […]

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, and other important issues impacting youth. The Bhutan YDF provides financial support for youth development activities like leadership skills, drug rehabilitation, special education, basic skills and vocational training, advocacy research and education.

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 ensure that all youth have equal access to education, meaningful employment and opportunities to develop their potential and to address the growing needs of our youth.

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