Somaliland National Youth Umbrella known as SONYO Umbrella is a national, non-partisan and no-for-profit Civil Society Organization registered in Somaliland as a non-governmental Umbrella organization. SONYO Umbrella was founded in 2003 June 05th as an independent nationwide youth initiative with the overall goal to redefine the role and the contribution of the young Somali landers in the social, economic and political development of Somaliland.Founded in 2003, Somaliland National Youth Organization (SONYO Umbrella) came into existence with the constant support of many individuals, young people, youth organizations, groups, friends, development partners and well-wishers. This brief history note is a reflection of the journey of SONYO Umbrella and the impact it has had over the period. The founding congress of SONYO marked the first time that a large group of young people met to deliberate on the future of the country and their role in it. This General Assembly meeting was aimed at mainstreaming youth leadership in all spheres of national life.