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October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

i have been associated with the YP for the last 3 and half years..and they changed my life in a more fundamental way than i can articulate..the yp has grown from being a resource base to change makers to engineering change itself..the capacity building and life skills that form part of their charter is completely contextualised to the various environs and communities they work in adn with..

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in terms of personal growth ad feedback that i have gathered from former volunteers and staff

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 19, 2009

I met them this year in Bali, and i have been inspired by what they do, their passion and motivation to envision change in all possible ways by empowering youth! They have clear objectives and strategy to charter their path to achieving them, and i personally am looking at the posibility of replicating a similar model for youth related work in Sri Lanka, and the YPF has been a great model to follow. They deserve all possible avenues to expand their great work with youth!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The capabilities of individuals attached to this organization, the level of professionalism in the youth involved in, my specific experience has been in the field of SRH, and they have spear headed youth initiatives in the forums i have been in.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their passion and motivation!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic, passionate, professional individuals who are convinced in what they do, and commited to see results

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They would change the lives of thousands of youth, and change their communities with the change in that thousand youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 19, 2009

hey working with the yp was great they do there work with full dedication. the are so good in their work....... .

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are so great and full of knowledge........

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

To even try to encompass what The YP Foundation does in a nutshell would be a futile effort. Touching thousands of lives with meaningful interaction, training and insights the young people of the The YP Foundation help others to 'discover' while 'discovering' themselves. The various platforms it offers to the trainer and trainees gives each individual the opportunity to explore their own potential without defined, restricting boundaries. From cinematography to symposiums and from workshops to awareness of global issues, the group is always open to expand the wide-angles lens of their objective. Having interacted with the The YP Foundation on various projects I have always come away with some gem of self-realisation. I can only imagine how young minds are influenced by their interaction.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

vibrant....dedicated, pragmatic and analytical....

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a difference to so many lives....

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

The YP Foundation was an NGO I joined to do something that would change the outlook of the system. It was my way of voicing an opinion on issues that really mattered. Issues we don’t express at all or rather make an inarticulate noise about at the back of our throat when they actually make us choke. We unknowingly fail to express the very evils that plague our daily lives and instead get accustomed to taking them as a part of growing up. The VOICES project, as the name suggests, gives you a platform to talk about such very issues. Peer pressure, substance abuse, body esteem etc are nothing new to anyone of us. It’s not like we haven’t gone through any of them. It’s just that we don’t even speak about them when we really need to be acting on them. What we aim at is to address adolescents about such basic problems that affect them adversely. Teenagers, either out of fear or pressure of peers, are not willing to talk on such issues. That is where the basic motive of the project lies. As a volunteer for the first time my personal experience with VOICES is pretty short-lived. But I hope to keep working for TYPF in the coming years doing my bit to make a difference in the society.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all here with a mindset of working towards a common goal. They all want to rid the society of unwanted grievances that so stand as an obstacle to he overall growth of the nation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

I would have to say that it has been and is a pleasant experience working with The YP Foundation. I still remember my induction meeting headed by 'Never-on-time' Nitya and 'Perfect' Pallavi! It was a casual yet enriching experience wherein they managed to create a sense of camaraderie amongst a group of perfect strangers! I got to know about the various projects of The YP through an excellent multimedia presentation as well as through Nitya and Pallavi. The ease with which both of them spoke, clearly demonstrated their sincerity and their love for what they did. I got essential information about The YP, when it was founded, and by whom and other general information about the hierarchy of the organization. I also learnt about the various projects of the YP like Project 19 that looks at sexualtiy, sexual health and AIDS. I was particularly impressed by how Nitya , the Project lead, explained the development of the project from something that started out to spread awareness about AIDS unearthed so many misconceptions about sexuality and sexual health amidst the 'educated' youth that it had to become backward compatible and include sexual health and sexuality, only then could the problems of STDs and AIDS could be tackled. Another project I learnt about was Voices where Maitreyi explained to us that YP members went to schools and conducted workshops on issues like substance abuse, peer pressure etc. after receiving training for three months from professionals. She also shared her own experiences with us and was very receptive to our doubts and questions. But the program I was most interested in was Blending Spectrum - interacting with slum children and talking to them about personal hygiene, basic education etc. This was introduced to us by Pallavi. Overall, I was very satisfied with the way the induction was conducted and more importantly was filled with enthusiasm about the journey I was about to embark on. After the 'formal' induction I got to spend a little time with Nitya, Pallavi and the others winding up as I was one of the last few to leave. It was good fun! Soon after I applied for a volunteer post at YP and met the woman herself - Ishita Chaudhry. Her force of personality kind of hits you in the face when you first meet her. A couple of questions in, I was impressed by her grasp of her field and her forthright attitude. I WANTED to work with her! Fortunately I was selected as part of the fundraising team and the best thing about it was more time talking to Ishita! Despite her busy schedule she personally introduced me to everybody in the office and then took me aside to teach me all there was to know about fundraising in the non-profit sector - the various types of organizations - NGOs, trusts etc., the various sources of funding - grants, sponsorships etc. and the YP code of ethics while trying to get sponsorship. Soon I got to know about the annual report being published for the first time by YP and was told to start out by getting advertisements for it. My interaction with all members of the YP has been positive and full of warmth. Even though some of these people have been working together since the inception of the organization, I have never felt left out. They all LOVE the work they are doing and KNOW that it is going to make a difference to the society at large, however minuscule it might be. Each member knows what he or she is supposed to do and does it on time and more importantly while having fun all the way! The lunch breaks are a time to pass around home made delicacies and maybe watch a video of one of the members performing at a cultural function! Nitya, Pallavi and Maitreyi all are fun to be with and at the same time extremely serious about and dedicated to, their work. The fact that the YP today boasts of hundreds of college students from prestigious Delhi University colleges among its cadres is a tribute to the core team of the YP and most importantly its founder Ishita Chaudhry. I am not a man who is easily impressed, but the way Ishita has carved out a whole organization from the flippant youth that comprise Delhi speaks volumes of her dedication, perseverance and business savvy. She clearly understands the sustainance aspect of the organization as well as its mandate to engage the youth constructively and works feverishly to achieve both these in a non-conflicting manner. That she is ably supported by a dedicated staff that shares her vision goes without saying. Brainstorming sessions often include impassioned speeches followed by emphatic urges not to get 'senti'! In conclusion I would like to say that I believe that it is a very professionally run organization even though it is run by recent graduates and its volunteers come from Delhi university colleges. In Ishita they have a visionary leader with the force of personality to take this organization far and make it one of the most trusted yet fun youth organizations for social change. In endorsing this organization, you shall be investing in a nascent plant that is definitely going to grow into a large and shady tree and reach out to and change the lives of many young people in a positive way.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of infectious camaraderie that is present in all members and that engulfs newcomers readily before they know what hit them!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

young, enthusiastic, bubbly, hyper(!), committed and fun loving!

Ways to make it better...

I got a girlfriend out of it! :D

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising and publicity, especially since it is a matter of policy to not approach organizations that conflict with the YP philosophy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Long live YP!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 18, 2009

I have seen the YP Foundation develop from a young organization in July 2006 to the more mature, effective, relevant and established organization it is today. I have been impressed by the ability of Ishita Chaudary and the larger YP team to inspire and build agreement in the organization for processes of change. For example, in 2006 the organization was hesitant to raising discussions around organizational values, because it was felt that it would prevent everyone from feeling accepted. When given the feedback that they needed to discuss and take stances on important issues pertaining to values to make sure that they remained relevant as an instrument for social change, they took it to heart and made it happen. As a result, the organization has become more clear in its efforts to include members from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and they have initiated projects that contribute to social change on the ground. My suggestion is that the process of taking stances and proactively addressing inequity and social injustice through establishing programs where the members go through training in understanding themselves, their own identity and relation with society needs to continue and develop further. I believe the YP Foundation is well underway in doing that, and wish them all the best in their work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how they have acted on feedback and discussed value issues as an organization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

conduct self-awareness workshops for the members themselves before they initiate outward-bound projects. I would also make sure that each member had a mixture of research and action, to allow for a broader and more real social change experience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion and engagement of a large group of people. I've enjoyed seeing the transition of several leadership teams and appreciate the experience that young people get as leaders of social change.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and dedicated, creative and fun to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide an opportunity for more young people to get an experience in leading social change.

Ways to make it better...

there had been an even stronger awareness of the need for having members of diverse socio-economic backgrounds in the core team.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

retaining the focus on depth and on-the-ground results of social change efforts while scaling up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 18, 2009

I have worked with TYPF for almost 2 years and everyday I think of how much I have helped those little children I worked with, how they must be now, and I feel really good about myself and the fact that there exists an organization like TYPF that believes in helping people, and choosing what to stand up for! Working with TYPF gave me an opportunity to work at the grass-root level, something I had always wanted to do but never got the chance to. It made me see clearly how much needs to be done in this country, and gave me the strength and confidence that I, as just one person, can bring about change!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that you don't feel pressurized to work, its all fun to do, even the trainings are fun-filled and not a teacher-student thing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all involved and felt for whatever cause they were working with!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go FAR!!!

Ways to make it better...

I would have worked longer with TYPF!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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October 18, 2009

The YP astounds me. My most recent interaction was on a short film I helped them make for "Blending Spectrum", their street children project. I saw the dedication and commitment they were willing to put in to make the film as heart felt and real as possible. The glamour of film making wears down once you realize long hours and the tediousness of the job. The volunteers at Blending Spectrum however were up to a challenge and showed maturity in knowing what they wanted to put across through the film. They worked with me as a team and we focused our efforts and pulled off a well made film in a limited time frame.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See to it that there were a few more people in positions of higher responsibility. Right now the weight of the organization lies in the hands of a few who are over worked.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that they're all young and enthusiastic to work and learn.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, efficient and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Go far. They have the vision and the clarity to know what direction to take. I believe that they are worth investing in.

Ways to make it better...

I have worked with the organization more out of respect for what they do and as a friend and not because I was being paid for my expertise. I think that it is important to be paid a nominal fee for my professional advice/service.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Branching out into other cities. Expanding. Funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

the most frequently asked question,one thats been on my lips at some point or the other as well - 'what is the point of the yp'?? the answer is simple - the point is the first step - the yp gives ppl the the opportunity to learn, to speak and share, to feel safe in numbers... Its key characteristic to me is its potential. I see now that the YP is trying to raise funds... It would be a pity to see an organization with such potential fall because of money -

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic - they knew what they were talking about, and were a brilliant mix of textbook counselors and people with real life experience

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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