RTYC MN Mission

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Members of TYC 's mission is to perform the following tasks :

  • To dedicate oneself to the task of serving one’s country and people under the guidance of  His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Spiritual and Temporal Ruler of Tibet.
  • To promote and protect national unity and integrity by giving up all distinctions based on religion,
    regionalism or status.
  • To work for the preservation and promotion of religion and Tibet’s unique culture and traditions.
  • To struggle for the total independence of Tibet even at the cost of one’s life.



The Minnesota chapter of Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC-MN) was founded on November 14, 1998. RTYC engages in promoting the just cause of Tibet reaching out beyond the Tibetan community with seminars, campaigns and talks. RTYC-MN sets out to accomplish the mission explicitly stated in the objectives of its parent organization 'The Central Executive Tibetan Youth Congress' based in Dharamsala, India.



The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) is a worldwide Organization of Tibetans united in our common struggle for the restoration of complete independence for the whole of Tibet, which includes the tradition three provinces of U-Tsang, Do-toe, and Do-med. An independent Organization, with a written constitution and its own plans and programs, TYC has emerged as the largest and most active non-governmental Organization of Tibetans in exile. It has more than 20,000 members worldwide.

TYC does not subscribe to any particular political ideology nor to any particular religion or religious' sect. Being a national movement, activities of TYC is not restricted just to its members, but. also receive the active support of all Tibetans -young and old, men and women, monks and lay, Furthermore, TYC commands a targe following inside Tibet. TYC was founded on October 7, 1970 in Dharamsala with His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivering the inaugural address. The founding of TYC in 1970 came at a time when the first group of young Tibetans who had received a balanced modern and traditional educationwere graduating from schools and colleges. This strengthened the Tibetan people's struggle for independence and ensured its continuity.

The founding members of TYC were: Tenzin Geyche Tethong, Lodi G. Gyari, Sonam Topgyal and Tenzin N. Tethong. Tenzin Geyche Tethong was the first President.

From its very inception TYC emerged as an active force with clear aims and objectives. It also served as a catalyst to bring out certain reforms and changes within the Tibetan community so as to enhance the development of truly democratic society. TYC therefore, sees itself as an instrument to fulfill the wishes of the Tibetan people.



Regional Branches

TYC has 78 regional branches in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Norway, Canada, France, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, USA and the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (Switzerland) is affiliated to TYC. Every regional branch has 5-10 Regional Working Committee members elected by the grass-root members, who supervise and lead the activities of the respective branches. The regional branches, besides initiating their own plan of activities, undertake the recruitment of the members and also implement the resolutions of the Annual Working Committee Meeting. All the presidents and general secretaries of the regional branches and the members of the Central Executive Committee attend the meeting. The Central Executive Committee supervises the activities of the regional branches.

Central Executive Committee

The Central Executive Committee (CENTREX) is the highest office of TYC. The General Body Meeting (GBM) elects the members of the Centrex for the term of three years. The GBM held every three years, is the highest policy making body of the Tibetan Youth Congress. It alone is empowered to amend the Constitution of the Tibetan Youth Congress.

CENTREX supervises the entire functioning of TYC, provides guidance to the Regional Working Committee; represents TYC in all national and international forums.


How Do You Join?

Joining the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of MN is essentially an act of one's endorsement that the Tibetan people have the right to be free. Membership in RTYC is open to any Tibetan who subscribes to the Aims and Objectives of the Organization. Since TYC is primarily a freedom movement, there is no age limit and no distinction between men and women. However, the vast majority of members and the leadership continue to be youth. Join now!