The President presented the award for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse-2013 to the Central Young Mizo Association, Aizawl in the category of Best Non-profit Institution.
Prior to YMA, Young Lushai Association (YLA) came into existence on 15 June, 1935. Later it was rechristened as Young Mizo Association on 7 October 1935 for wider coverage.
At present YMA has 5 sub-headquarters, 47 group YMA and 772 branches, spreading all over Mizoram, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. All its branches within and outside Mizoram is administered by Central YMA which has its headquarters at Aizawl, Mizoram state capital.
The mottos of YMA are Good use of leisure time, Reverence for a good Christian life, and Striving towards a holistic development of the Mizo society.
Based on the principle of ‘tlawmngaihna’ (spirit of selfless service), YMA became popular in all over Mizoram and remained powerful in carrying out social services and humanitarian works till today.
The spirit of ‘tlawmngaihna’ is the backbone of YMA. The word ‘tlawmngaihna’ is only found in Mizo soceity, not elsewhere. The Mizos are famous for their selfless sacrifice for others which is quite significant.
YMA has also received “Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award” from the Govt. of India in 1986, “Excellence Service Award” from the Govt. of Mizoram for the three consecutive years, 1988-1990, and “Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puruskar” from the Govt. of India in 1993.