The National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) is a Statutory Corporation of the Republic of Malawi established under the Act of Parliament; National Youth Council of Malawi Act No. 22 of 1996.
NYCOM was formed with the aim of encouraging, promoting and coordinating youth development and empowering young people to participate effectively in their personal, community and national development. NYCOM was established after government realized that there was immediate need for proper coordination of youth programmes, following the mushrooming of various youth-serving and youth-led organizations and an exponential rise in the interest of other non-state actors to participate in the youth sector.
The Council therefore exists as an implementing arm of the Ministry for youth, currently part of the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development (MLYSMD). The Youth Council is a key institution for ensuring efficient and effective implementation, coordination and evaluation of various youth programmes in Malawi.
NYCOM is mandated to register youth organisations, and coordinate, promote and regulate youth work in Malawi. The Council is further responsible for facilitation and implementation of activities that promote health and development of young people.