The YP Foundation

Rating: 4.52 stars   166 reviews

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Location: N 204, Basement, Greater Kailash Part 1 New Delhi -- 110048 India

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.
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

YP Foundation has been incredibly helpful by providing me with information and insights on the role of young people within India's environmental movement.

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

collaborating with young people who are working hard to make a difference.

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

helpful, honest, and engaged.

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

do great things!

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One time

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2009-7-01

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Dear Sir / Madam, I am delighted to pen a few words for YP Foundation. I really appreciate the kind of work this non-profit organisation is doing for the welfare of the society. I am an ardent admirer of this organisation since despite being so young they have already contributed so much which is itself a meteora in the present generation. I wish them good luck for the future and would like to request to assist them in every way you can possibly do. Kind regards, Gautam Talukdar. Advocate & Solicitor Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India

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

the field of public-affairs.

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Ways to make it better...

they will get more funds in order to execute the projects.

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About every six months

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2009-9-01

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I have been a mentor to Ishita, the Co-founder and Managing Trustee of The YP Foundation for about 3 years now. I have been tremendously inspired by the Vision, Maturity and Energy of Ishita and this is also reflected in every member of the foundation - be the staff or volunteers. The YP Foundation is the only youth-led organization that provides a space for urban young people to explore, express and do something about issues that affect their daily lives. I think this make YP Foundation very unique. The attitudinal change that I have seen in some of these young college students is remarkable and The YP Foundation has actually being able to channelize their potential in the direction of social change.

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

In the tremendous growth shown by the organization in the last 3 years. In the confidence shown by the young volunteers and in the projects that they have been able to build - be it revolving around sexuality, street children, arts and culture, etc.

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

like to see a YP chapter in every nook and corner of India.

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

the energy, passion and action orientation of everyone associated with the organization. I have enjoyed the debates, the questions and the hunger for learning that I have seen in these young people. Its truly a youth-led movement.

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

passionate, driven, confident and action oriented. They all had this intense desire to bring about remarkable changes in the world around us.

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

Reach out to a million young people from across the country.

Ways to make it better...

I would have been based in Delhi and saw the organization at close quarters.

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

How do they keep the spirit of the youth-led movement and at the same time create a professional, result-driven institution.

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

Over the next few years, the YP Foundation is going to ensure that young people are shaping the future of this country positively and brilliantly.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Early in 2009 I travelled to Delhi from London as a facilitator with the Center for Digital Storytelling (www.storycenter.org). We were to work with 10 staff members from The YP Foundation to make digital stories (3 min videos using sounds and still and moving images) about their personal experiences of being a TYPF staff member. This was an intensive 3 day workshop where the participant developed a scripted story about themselves and their role in the organisation, then produced still and some moving images and edited the story together. Each of the participants worked on different aspects of TYPF's work so I was priviledged to have the opportunity not only to work with a very committed, very hard working group of young people but I also saw glimpses of the breadth of the work the organisation does and the depth of thought and reflection that goes into each and every project. As we shaped the digital stories I learned about the different individual experiences and the commitment of each young person as well as how they had grown and been supported through TYPF to develop their skills, explore their ideas and discuss and be challenged by the ideas and lives of others. I have worked for over a decade with young people in different not for profit contexts and have rarely encountered such a well organised organisation with such articulate young people who work excellently together. During the three day workshop we were unlucky enough to have serious technical problems with hired equipment, but the TYPF staff adapted to what was available, shared computers and stayed up all night to reload software. And in spite of this technical set they still produced 10 high quality digital stories.

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

hard working, creative, articulate, flexible, committed and reflected deeply on their work and its social value.

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One time

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2009-1-01

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The YP Foundation magically finds the most enthusiastic and hard working people who come together and infuse a whole new level of enthusiasm in the work they do. I have worked with The YP Foundation at various times in my career and in different capacities, right from being part of a band in their fundraiser, to being an advisor for their online stragegies to a consultant for a project they undertook and each time, it has been my complete pleasure working with them.

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

the great time I have had everytime I interact with them! They are some of the funnest people you can work with!

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

completely enthusiastic about their job and willing to learn new things. They are every willing to experiment and implement their new learnings!

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

make an unbelievable impact in India today. Its amazing how they manage with the meager funding they have! They deserve every penny!

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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11 people found this review helpful

1. Have been associated with the Youth Parliament for the past 5 years as a trainer and a guide. 2. Have been impressed with the committment, dedication and hard work which YP indulges in for its programs. 3. YP is a youth based organization and reaches out to the youth in India across borders. 4. It needs more stable staff rather than volunteers who ofcourse are valuable in terms of their contribution to society, but in terms of sustainability needs to be more self sustaining.

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

trainings, facilitation groups, youth clubs, schools and I think they have the knack of reaching out to the youth very well. They are role models for the youth in every way.

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

that they are a committed and hardworking group with a focus on social issues.

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

extremely knowledgable and capable, very enthusiastic and committed.

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

change the world...! In its own capacity! It would reach out to the unreachable and be able to work more dynamically for street children, women and substance users in India.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

have sent around 5 to 6 hours in Yp foundation office love the work they do and the energy that surrounds the office.

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

their energy

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

superb

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2009-9-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I joined The YP Foundation as part of staff in Jan 2009 and since then I have realized that there are very few places where you can find young people with so much passion.The YP foundation enables young people to design and develop projects on issues they feel passionatey about.I have never had so much fun in trying to bring about a positive change in society!

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

getting to know different people from different backgrounda, all coming together and working in a space with mindblowing committment!

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About every week

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2009-7-01

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I went from an external person working with the organization to working here full-time! Went went from the garage-office to a real office space! I went from from just volunteering to making this what I do. It's incredible how, in whatever capacity you can, there's always a space for you somewhere.

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

The freedom to think and to create - when you are thing young it's hard to find the opportunity or space where your ideas are valued, developed and cultivated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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