The Ministry of Youth & Sports empowers & recognizes the talented Sri Lankan youth by “Youth Can” in partnering with Dialog Axiata PLC

Creating an island-wide platform to unearth, guide, and empower the talented youth of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Youth and Sports in partnership with Dialog Axiata PLC launched the country's first-ever national-level youth coalition, 'Youth Can’ on International Youth Day.

Through this initiative, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) will find hidden talent and groom Sri Lankan youth. Further supported by the Department of Manpower and Employment, Small Enterprise Development Division (SED) and Department of Sports Development, this programme aims to recognise talented individuals and equip them with opportunities to achieve their dreams in their respective fields of interest.

This three-year programme will be focused on canvassing youth-led start-ups and individuals across the country, within the age bracket of 14 to 35 years in 6 categories – sports, entrepreneurship, crafts, innovation, culinary and short film. Applicants with a long-term growth mindset and a diverse, unique or innovative talent, idea or skill-set will be chosen. Throughout the year, Dialog will continue to empower them with workshops to better develop their personal brand and equip them with the relevant tools and training to market themselves better, thereby facilitating a sustainable platform and empowering environment for future global youth leaders.