Pakistan Youth Outreach Foundation (PYOF) works for the empowerment of the young men and women of Pakistan through a host of interventions, including promotion of outdoor activities and training of the youth in winter sports. Our priorities also include educational development and women empowerment.
As a nonprofit, non-governmental organization, we are on the mission to motivate, unite and empower the youth of Pakistan to be the drivers for change. We do this by engaging and training young men and women in outdoor activities, social development, advocacy and activism at the local, regional and national levels.
For the last five years, PYOF has pioneered and worked for a diverse range of causes, with a focus on training the youth of Pakistan in outdoors like mountain climbing, skiing, ice skating, glacier skills and high altitude trekking. PRO is committed to its tradition of encouraging the youth to master not only outdoors skills, but also take up leadership roles, work for development of the society and advocate for empowerment of the youth and women.
To create a highly conducive environment where young men and women can thrive and achieve their dreams.
To promote youth and women empowerment by engaging young men and women in outdoor education, and by providing young people the opportunity to take leadership roles in social, environmental, sports and educational development activities.
Team Leader & President
Mirza Ali is the youngest Pakistani mountaineer from the Hunza/Shimshal Valley in the Karakorum frontier of Pakistan. He was part of the Everest expedition for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. He was the driving force behind the 7 Summits 7 Continents project that saw him and Samina Baig climb 7 mountains on 7 continents of the world. He is a skilled photographer and videographer.
Mountaineer & Trainer
Arshad Karim is a youth activist from the same valley as Mirza Ali, the Shimshal Valley, situated in the extreme northeast of Pakistan and in the heart of the massive Karakorum mountain range. For several years, Mr, Arshad has been advocating for youth and women empowerment.
First Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest
Samina Baig, hailing from the Shimshal Valley, is the first Pakistani woman who summited Mount Everest. Before that, she became the first Pakistani female in history to climb a 6400m, unclimbed peak in the Shimshal Valley. The peak has since been renamed as Samina Peak. She also climbed 7 mountains on 7 continents of the world under the Adventure Diplomacy project designed by her brother Mirza Ali.