Mission: The YP Foundation is a youth led and run non-profit in India that develops young people’s leadership skills to take action on issues that young people are passionate about.
The organization supports young people between the ages of 13 and 28 to conceptualize and implement community based projects that challenge stereotypes, forge sustainable partnerships and promote the uninhibited expression of young people.
In the last 6 years, TYPF has reached out to over 5000 young people and has worked with more than 800 young people as part of its working core team on the following issues:
Life Skills Based Education
Understanding Substance Abuse and Addiction
Empowering Street and Slum Children (Healthcare and Education)
Understanding Gender and Sexuality
Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
Health and HIV/AIDS: Awareness, Prevention, Rights, Care & Support
Encouraging the Performing and Visual Arts
Human Rights and Peace Building Processes
Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Awareness for Young People
The Young Citizen’s Right to Information, Governance & Legal System of India
Climate Change and The Environment
We find ourselves when we attempt to understand what is around us. The concept of TYPF is to provide young people the opportunity to take time out to do just this. For who knows, your voice could change things.
Results: # TYPF has trained over 5,000 young people to set up over 200 projects on issues that young people are passionate about, reaching out to youth led groups in India, South and South East Asia as well as Internationally.
# Our programmes have reached out to over 3,00,000 youth in Delhi and to numerous youth across the country. Pilot projects have run from Mumbai, Pune and Chhattisgarh.
# We were invited to feature our work by Ex president Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008.
# TYPF has worked with over 30 schools in Delhi and Haryana, conducting workshops on understanding Life Skills, Mental Health and Child Rights with over 6,000 adolescents.
# We have made a focussed effort at developing youth led voices in cities, encouraging young people to be pro active citizens and dialogue with the government.
# In 2009, our Founder Ishita Chaudhry was invited to address a US Congressional Briefing at Capitol Hill on the need for investing in young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights in South and South East India.
# The Government of Nagaland in India invited The YP Foundation’s staff to train their civil officers on how to integrate a youth friendly government response to youth interventions on HIV & AIDS.
# UNICEF and UNDP worked with The YP Foundation as part its internal staff training programme ‘Changing Gears’, where young staff conducted training sessions with UN officials on developing youth friendly communication.
# Last year, in 2008, we helped over 4,000 young people in India register to vote in the General Elections. This year, we are taking that forward by helping young people understand the Right to Information Act in India, giving them tools by which they can understand the system and help work with it, to develop accountability.
I volunteered with the organization in 2008 at the Right to Information Branch, which aims to develop young people’s engagement with legislative process, increased awareness on laws and policies in India and their application to our daily lives.
This year I took over as the Project Coordinator.
Working at TYPF made me feel like I had finally found the place where I belong. I've learnt so much here! Right from how to research, how to conduct needs assessment studies, how to train my peers, fund raising, representing myself as well as the organization, event management, drafting proposals, documentation, impact assessment and a million other things! Most importantly, I've learnt to believe in myself and my abilities.
TYPF gives all of us the space to be who we are. It's incredible how people here- all below the age of 25- put endless hours and unquantifiable amounts of hard work and energy on projects and issues they feel strongly about. The passion, the enthusiasm, the willingness to go that extra mile- that is what makes TYPF what it is!
i attended one yp event- the Music Basti show headed by Faith Gonsalves and her team earlier this year. it was my first exposure to the work that yp does here in the city and i must say it was quite impressive what they do :) and i did enjoy the music ensemble that evening- an acoustic set by advaita, the band ;)
disclaimer: i was not involved in the org, nor a volunteer at any point. there's no other option available ... :/