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3rd Youth Networking and Team Building Camp, Oct 25-26, 2008

OYG-CAM is organizing its 3rd Youth Networking and Team Building Camp in Sihanouk Ville on October 25-26, 2008 (Saturday and Sunday) which will bring together youth from different background to meet and interact in order to achieve the following objectives:


  • Promote friendship, mutual understanding and build capacity of OYG-CAM members and other youths through knowledge and experience sharing activities.
  • Build team spirit and network between and among the youth.
  • Set a role model for others.
  • Engage and inspire youths in social and volunteer activities.

Who Can Participate?

  • All youth who meet the following criteria and are approved by the Executive Committee of OYG-CAM can participate:
  • Age between 16-35 years old.
  • Be committed to share their knowledge and experience to and learn from others during the camp.
  • Willing to share knowledge and experience to other friends after returning from the camp.
  • Actively participate in all OYG-CAM activities.
  • Be happy to share rooms/accommodation with others and join group/solidarity meals provided.
  • Be willing to contribute 40.000 Riel or 10 US dollars (to cover the overall expense of the event)

To join this event, please fill in the Application Form which can be downloaded from our website: or picked up from Mr. Ly Pichey at Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) from Monday to Friday from 08.00am to 11.30am and submit to or deliver directly to Mr. Ly Pichey at RUPP.

To download application form please click here:  for English Form and for Khmer Form.

The deadline for submission of application is October 15, 2008 at 5.00 pm. Selected applicants will be informed for an orientation on October 19, 2008.

For further information about the Networking and Team Building Camp program please contact our Executive Committee via Tel: 012 397 899/ 012 629 294/ 012 486 983/ 012 288 388 or email: Mr. Ly Pichey:; Miss.Tuot Sopheak:; Miss. Kong Davy:; and Miss. Chhay Chansopheaktra:                                                                                                                                 


September 16, 2008 at 8:12 am 6 comments

Champion of Youth Leadership Challenge to join OYG-Cam

It is our pleasure to welcome another outstanding young women who is the Champion of the Youth Leadership Challenge program Miss. Sreang Lalune to the OYG-Cam family. Miss. Lalune has gone through so many challenging activities and competitions before assuming a victory and receiving an Award from the US ambassador to Cambodia, a special study trip to the United States.

We are also happy to know that Lalune will be joining the Youth Picnic on June 15. Congratulation to Lalune for being the first Women Champion of the Youth Leadership Challenge program. We are pround of you and wish you all the best of luck.

Sreang Lalune and USAID Mission Director Aron Soto

Sreang Lalune receives an Award from the US Ambassador to Cambodia


Sreang Lalune and Toch Norin, Champions of the Youth Leadership Challenge

June 4, 2008 at 11:13 am 3 comments

The Outstanding Youth Picnic

April 06, 2008 was just a week from the Khmer New Year, I was pleased to join a picnic to Tamao mountain with a group of dynamic and energetic young people many of whom are fresh graduates and university students who were also contestants of the Youth Leadership Challenge (YLC) which is a TV show program organized by the Youth Council of Cambodia (YCC) and funded by USAID through IRI. I got to know these youth groups because I was part of the program, particularly to train and coach them on the public speaking skills.

The picnic was organized with an objective to have fun together and enhance our friendship as well as to give each other wishes for the Khmer New Year. Thanks to Chea Thong who helped organize the picnic and arrange the trip. We were supposed to depart Phnom Penh at 8 a.m from a point near the Independent Monument where we met up and got in the bus. However, we start the journey a bit late as we had to wait for one of our friends “Sokunthea” who reportedly had trouble finding the Independent Monument 🙂 (we were just teasing her). Then we had to pick up two more friends and planned to have breakfast on the way which we did.

As we stopped at a restaurant near one of the local market at Kandal Steung, we were told that there was no food left, I guess they had some left but just could not afford to supply too many hungry people like all of our group at that time. 🙂 so we decided to move on. It sounded like if we were starving on our way but that was not the case, you know why? Because we enjoyed so much then. Norin who is a Champion for the YLC is also a good guitarist and a pretty good singer, and Pichey who would not let his mouth shut for a minute is a good singer. The two guys performed on the bus all the way to the mountain while others also joined in singing different songs. The self introduction game which asked people to say about their personal style was also fun together with lots of jokes.

As we approached near to Tamao Mountain, we bought sticky rice cake called “Katom”, a small cake that has sticky rice inside and covered by palm leaf. We found it hard to uncover the leaf of the Katom so we had different way of eating it. Some of us just put the Katom in our mouth and crack it up 🙂 it worked okay as the sticky rice leaked in our mouth after we broke the cover and finally went to our stomach :). Oh man! it was fun eating this cake.

We arrived at Tamao mountain at around 11 a.m when we walked straight to the hub, a place for sitting, relaxing and having meals. Sopheaktra (a second champion of the YLC) and a few other friends went ahead to order food while others were walking around to explore things. They bought some fried ants (big ones) and ate them as snack while waiting for the big lunch.

Norin and Pichey continued the music and songs to entertain our group and other people around the hub. I was feeling a bit dizzy then after sitting with my face back to the group in the bus for a couple hours but I thought the main reason was because I laughed so much 🙂 . Thanks to a friend who gave me the oil which helped me feel better.

We had lunch at 12 o’clock with different delicious foods -thanks to Sopeaktra and those who helped order very good foods – which was important for all of us – to survive 🙂 -. After lunch, some people decided to take a short rest, some went straight to watch elephant performance, some walked around the zoo to see different animal and species. I walked with a group around the zoo where we saw many interesting animals and birds. We set to get together at the hub at 1:30 p.m when planned to have a group discussion about the youth situation in Cambodia.

As everyone got together at 1:30 p.m we began the session by dividing the group into three to have a discussion about three different topics: 1- where can we find the youth or which institutions are they belong to?; 2- what are the major concerns of the youth or what do they care about? 3- How can we reach to youth or what are the ways to communicate with them? Each group spent about 40 minutes to discuss the above topic and another 10 minutes to do presentation to the big group. The discussion was very participative and they gathered some very interesting and valuable information about the youth in Cambodia. The result of the group discussion is available in the next article.

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Written by Preap Kol         

May 5, 2008 at 4:24 am 3 comments

Founding of OYG, a meaningful return from the picnic:


On our way back from the picnic, we were a bit less energetic after involving ourselves in so many activities including the traditional-popular game that we normally play prior to or during the Khmer New Year. As part of his responsibility, soon after the bus moved Chea Thong had to do financial reconciliation in which he did it in a transparent and interesting way such as: reporting about how the money was spent, what kinds of food we ate (which everyone already knew what they had during lunch), how many chickens, fishes were served and who ate the most and the least, and who has the biggest pile of bones in front of them, etc. It was fun although Thong reported the overspending because we ate so much :). Goodman, our good friend in the group stood up, took a mike and appealed for addition contribution from the participants whom of course were happy to give and as I remembered, it was one dollar each.

 I made a short remark, just to express how much I had enjoyed the picnic and to thank everyone: Chea Tong for coordinating with the youth and the overall arrangement for the trip, Sopheaktra and other friends who helped with the logistic and did the food order (this was particularly important as we all needed to survive 🙂 ); Goodman for helping to raise addition fund (he is very good in doing it); Norin and Pichey for the entertainments (music and songs); and of course many thanks to everyone for participating in the picnic and all activities, including the group discussion about the youth situation in Cambodia.

 As the bus was moving halfway back, Norin continued the guitar and we sang altogether a few songs, one of which, as I recalled was “miss you like crazy”. As we continued to enjoy the trip, our friends began to think of how we can do this activity regularly and have fun together like this. We thought for a little while and came up with an idea of doing a picnic once in every three months. Everybody quickly agreed that this was a great idea, so let’s do that. Should we have a name for our group? I asked. Yes, everyone replied. If so, we need to find a good name. Then, we asked each and everyone to write down a name that they liked. So many interesting names were given and I read out all of them to the group. It was quite hard to get an agreement from the majority of the group since everyone wanted to keep the name s/he likes.

Going down the list of names for the group, we finally found one name that most people initially supported and later on all agreed; it was “Krom Yuvachun Chean Muk” or “Outstanding Youth Group”. Then the group temporarily appointed Chea Tong to coordinate the OYG, Sopeaktra and Sokunthea to help with general administration and logistics; goodman to help do the fund raising for the next picnic scheduled for late June or early July 2008; Norin and Pichey to help organize entertaining programs and other members to invite their outstanding friends to join the group; Lymuoy to communicate to all the members and provide updates and necessary information. I had volunteered to be an Advisor of the OYG and was excited to support the initiative of this group. They are really outstanding and dynamic group of young people.

As we were approaching closer to Phnom Penh, we have agreed that during our next picnic we will discuss vision, mission, objective and administrative structure of the group, next steps and future activities of the OYG.

 Written by Preap Kol    

May 5, 2008 at 4:06 am Leave a comment

Result of Discussion about Youth in Cambodia

As mentioned in the other article “The Youth Picnic” we had group discussions about the youth in Cambodia. Here is a brief summary of the results:

I. Where are the youth/which institutions are the youth belong to?

A. Non-State Institutions: I. NGOs: (UN, YRDP, YCC, KYSD, KYA, SMD YS KSA CEPA, CEPA, KIND, KAYARITH, Other Organizations); 2. MEDIA: (TV, Newspapers, Radio, etc); 3. Business: (Trade Unions, NAGA, Cambosix, Golden Tower, Banks, Restaurant, Clubs, Intertainment Industries, Tourism); 3. Other Sectors: (construction workers, elecricians, mechanicians, sport teams, ethnic groups, gang groups, etc).

B. State Institution:  (different government ministries, different education institutions, etc.)

C. Political parties: (different political parties – mostly with CPP and SRP)

II. What do the youth care about for their society? Below are some of what they conern the most (ranked in order):

  • Education System in Cambodia (that does not ensure good quality and standard)
  • Unemployment
  • Lack of effective law enforcement, poor ethical morality (corruption, human rights violations)
  • Health and Sanitation
  • Security and Political Stability
  • Economy (inflation, salary of civil servants)
  • National Territory/border
  • Influence of foreign culture
  • Climate Changes   

III. How can we reach the youth? There a number of ways we can reach the youth depending where they are:

  • Through internet or e-mail (urban areas only)
  • Through telephone (urban areas and some rural areas)
  • Through personal or direct interaction/approaching
  • Through engaging with youth organizations, youth clubs and associations
  • Through media (TV, radio) – creating youth programs –
  • Through friends network
  • Through visiting garment factories and labor industries
  • Through participating scial activities (ceremonies, festivals, parties)
  • Through communicating with education institutions
  • Through organizing youth forums or seminars
  • Through creating information boards or boxes for the youth at schools, villages, public places and pagodas
  • Through distributing leaflets on issues that concern the youth or create reading centers/libraries

Written by Preap Kol


May 4, 2008 at 10:25 am 1 comment

E-mail from Sopheakra

Dear all again,

That’s such a great impression being heard to everyone, especially youth in Cambodia. We are very proud and glad that now many people turn to consider about youth situation in order to make positive change for our nation. This contribution is a very strong motivation, inspiration, and encouragement for all youth, and yougn people to consolidate and actively participate in social issues, and get involve in societal decisoin making.

I am very interested in the idea of designing our OYG activities in blog as it is a chance for us to show up our activities, commitments, and contribution we can help in sustainable development. One another, that’s a very fantastic occassion if OYG initiate learning club and Bong Kol support us some trainig or focus more on capacity building, so that at the same time, we all can learn from each other, contribute some activities to our society, as well as building our capacity with skillful instructors/advicers.

I do agree with all suggestions Bong Kol proposed. Thong and Muy, can you send all our members lists to everyone that enables us to send all updated information and comments among our group. We all play very important role in keeping in touch with our members  and keeping our communication through email is a very good choice as I guess all of us may be able to eventually or usually access to internet.

Once again, Bong Kol,  thanks for your strong support to make positive change of youth situation in Cambodia. Please keep update me and our group for your further information.















































May 4, 2008 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

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