The young men’s division was founded on July 11, 1951 by second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda.
President Ikeda writes about the Young Men’s Division:
In Hall Caine’s epic novel The Eternal City, the youthful revolutionary David Rossi cries out: “Be brave, be strong, be patient.” Our youthful revolutionaries of kosen-rufu are forging ahead with courage, abundant self-confidence, and steadfast perseverance. As the young men’s division marks its 55th anniversary this month (July 2006), I am thrilled with the vigorous progress made each day by these young champions of Soka.
—”The Light of the Century of Humanity” from the World Tribune written on July 11, 2006 the 55th anniversary of the young men’s division, in the Mentor-Disciple Hall at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters