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October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

In my many years of experience in the development sector I have never come across an organization as good and unique as Youth Parliament. my long association with Youth Parliament I have seen them do excellent work, reaching out to the youth quite rapidly and making a difference, quite effectively. As an organization they have grown and evolved extremely well. Any professional organization would envy their learning curve. In fact, I have learnt from them probably more than they have learnt from me. The core organization values and principles have remained consistent. Their unwavering spirit and passion not only inspire the youth but equally all age groups who get attached with them. Well, what else can i say except they are awesome and they truely Rock!

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

Substance use, HIV/AIDS, street children interventions and Organizational Development

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

Their unwavering spirit and passion

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

varied

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

do MORE wonders

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

The YP Foundation (YP) is a driven and energetic organisation to work with. It's front-runners, Ishita, in particular, have great vision and commitment to their work and organisational objectives. The fact that they are focused on developin processes and systems tells me that they also understand the need in distributing that passion and commitment so that the organisation does not remain as person-dependent as it currently is. Their programmes, particularly those involving cultural development are brilliantly thought through, and manage to include a lot of the best young talent available in the city.

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

the fore-sightedness of its founder

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 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

October 18, 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

October 18, 2009

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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 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

I have been associated with many of their programs, including a recent series on India's Right to Information law. They have managed to motivate and mobilize a large number of young people, especially students, to get involved with socially important issues. Especially creditable is the fact that they have enthused many young people belonging to the upper middle class who are usually indifferent to social causes.

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

environmental campaigns and campaigns for greater transparency in governance.

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

that they have managed to get a lot of young people enthusiastic about social causes.

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

very highly motivated, very intelligent and very hard working.

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

Galvanize the youth of India.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 13, 2009

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October 13, 2009

I have seen members and staff of YP Foundation active during the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific as coordinators of group discussions, responsible for developing and presenting a youth statement, and networking during ICAAP for youth issues. They were all very pro-active, positive, knowledgeable and wonderful people to work with. Since then, we have maintained contact through e-mail and are currently exploring further opportunities for collaboration to strengthen youth participation and peer education initiatives in India. YP Foundation is really a youth-led youth organisation that is highly professional in its quality of work.

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

supporting capacity building of young people and youth advocacy at the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), August 2009.

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

truly amazing. Very positive, knowledgeable, pleasant people to learn from and work with.

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

do a lot of good for young people in India!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

The YP Foundation are a visionary bunch of young people who are unbelievably disciplined and driven. In a time where young people are only busy looking out for themselves, The Youth Parliament sets a fine example of what the Indian Youth should be working on from the grass root level to help develop the country.

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

working with them. They are creative, disciplined and listen to what you need.

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

How dedicated and passionate they are about their work

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

Were focussed, set high standards, knew what they wanted and worked tirelessly towards getting the same

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

Do a lot better than other organisations were today, expand their outreach across the country and get more people involved and change the face of India

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

The YP Foundation represents India and Indian youths very well in the international arena. We at Today's Youth Asia are very impressed with the greater achievements The YP Foundation that they manages to achieve in less time. We were happy to organize an award ceremony with the President of Nepal for The YP Foundation, and that in itself explains the high performance of the Indian youths and The YP Foundation.

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

Work-oriented.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

The YP Foundation is a team of very young, bright and committed people promoting people's right to information amongst other things. I have worked with them in the planning of a public event on the right to information. They have systematic and professional approach to the subject they work on. They first equip themselves with the knowledge required to be able to work on the issue in an intelligent manner. Their ability to mobilise the youth in order to spread awareness about the right to information is commendable. They have also begun strategic use of the right to information in order to tackle issues of accountability in the University examination processes and in the functioning of the police. This organisation has a lot of potential and is poised to become one of the leading youth organisations working on governance issues amongst the several other areas that they have chosen.

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

the sharpness displayed by the staff and volunteers while being trained on issues related to the right to information ad their ability to transfer that knowledge to other youth. This is a crucial skill that many of their members possess.

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

Very bright and eager to learn the law on the right to information. Their ability to think professionally without losing the human sensitivity that is necesary for the work areas theyh ave chosen is highly impressive.

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

scale up its activities to reach out to youth in other urban and semi-rural areas which is the need of the hour.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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