About Our Organization

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What We Do


Adolescent and youth Sexual Reproductive health


Meaningful Youth Engagement


Girls and Women Empowerment


Youth Employment and Skills Building


Founded in 2003, Talent Youth Association (TaYA) is an indigenous, non-governmental organization that is built upon the premise that youth are the present leader and they are the promise for the sustainable development of Ethiopia.

In order to be productive, influential leaders of the future, young women and men need the knowledge and opportunities to be healthy and self-reliant.

TaYA provides the youth with these opportunities which enables themselves and work towards for the Ethiopia we aspire on gender equality, economic empowerment and preserving the environment.

Our logo captures the spirit, energy, and diversity of our dynamic organization while balancing a sense of our heritage with our progressiveness. It demonstrates also an interpretive depiction of our character, our people, and our landscape.

The icon resembles the rising sun, a symbol of the commencement of a new cycle of life, is the brightness of inward truth, the center of perfection, a symbol of supreme power, light, vision supported by youth.

Core Values & Principles

We aim to ensure adolescents transit to youth-hood on the way to adulthood smoothly and healthy requires those basic principles.

Vision & Mission




Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions related to our organization.

Our communications team will be glad to assist you.

Do you only work in Addis Ababa?
We currently have a presence in different parts of Ethiopia, like Addis Ababa, Oromiya, Amhara, Southern Nation Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP), and Benishangul Gumuz.

More information can be found here

What is ECHO?

ECHO is an abbreviation we use for “Ethiopian Youth Council for Higher Opportunities”. ECHO is a group of passionate young people who serve Talent Youth Association as youth advisors and advance the works of TaYA.

Are you working with artistically talented young people only?

We work with and for all young people irrespective of race, religion, sex, talent, political views etc…

How can I take part in your projects?

You can apply to join the ECHO team during the recruitment period which will be posted on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages. In the meantime, please follow and share our work on our social media handles.

What are your main project areas?
TaYA works on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of young people, Eliminating Harmful Traditional Practices like Child Marriage and FGM/C, Youth Empowerment, and Job creation.

You can read more here

“I used to struggle to figure out how I can help other people, mainly the youth before I joined TaYA. TaYA has given me the opportunity to work and advocate on causes that I hold dear to my heart.”

Rekik Ketema – Youth Advocate