Young Mizo Association
Young Mizo Association (YMA) as it is popularly known today was formerly called Young Lushai Association (YLA) when it was formed in June 15, 1935 by the Christian missionaries and the pioneer Mizo Christians. Inspite of countless terrors and resistance against Christianity which found its roots in Mizoram in 1894, the entire region was swept by Christianity within a decade. Even the chiefs and their subordinates started to recognize and embrace it . Various churches and institutions came into existence resulting in the decline of the Zawlbuk (Bachelor’s dormitory) which was one of the most esteemed establishment among the Mizos. While the number of participants in schools and churches increased, the attendance in Zawlbuk met a drastic fall. The attempt of the Governor to bring about revival in the Zawlbuk institution had no significant outcome, thus the most valued institution came to a sad end.
The Christian Missionaries and the church leaders found it necessary to establish an institution that could take the place of Zawlbuk now that it was gone. Consequently, a meeting was summoned at the residence of a Christian missionary Miss Katie Hughes (Pi Zaii) on June 3, 1935. ‘Young Mizo Kristian Association’ was one of the names suggested but it was rejected due to its exclusive nature. One of the Christian missionaries Rev. David Edward (Zorema Pa) suggested that “Young Lushai Association” would be most fitting and it was agreed that it would officially start functioning from 15th June, 1935.
Indian Independence in 1947 brought about political revival even in Mizoram resulting in the change of “Young Lushai Association’ to “ Young Mizo Association” on 7th October,1947, as the latter has a more panoramic coverage.
Y.M.A is an all India Organisation with branches at Mizoram, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act (Act XXI of 1860) Registration No. SR4 of 1977.
Motto of Y.M.A:
Y.M.A has three mottos:
1. Good use/ Proper utilization of leisure time.
2. Reverence for a good Christian life.
3. Striving towards a holistic development of the Mizo society.
Chain of Authority in Y.M.A.
Awards and Rewards:
1. Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award”1986 by the Govt.of India.
2. Excellence Service Award”by the Govt.of Mizoram for the three consecutive years,1988-1990.
3. Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puruskar”1993 by the Govt.of India.