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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.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I think The YP foundation is a great organisation with enthusiastic and passionate people who will surely make India a better place one day.Keep up the good work !!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Almost everyone here thinks about creating a difference in this world, once in his life. And only a few people get a chance to turn that thought into a reality. YP has taken an endevour to exploit the unutilised enormous potential of the country's youth towards their own welfare, thus securing the country's future. It has given a platforms to the new generation by giving them a forum to adress their grievances and then come up with possible solutions to the same. As far as i can think, no other organisation has done that, which in itself is a great achievement

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The YP Foundation is a fantastic organization with a unique strategy combining elements of the arts with strategic community building. It is creative in its various approaches to development issues and has proven successful on all attempts. Additionally, the integrity, ethic and genuine work of the staff is commendable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met with some TYPF members and its founder Ishita some time back. I found them to be so full of life and enthusiasm that it made me feel that working with an NGO could be great fun too! I love how TYPF gets young people to choose a cause they are passionate about and help them work in that area. A majority of us want to help but do not know how to go about it, but TYPF being so vibrant and fun makes one feel more comfortable in working for a cause. TYPF is a bunch of singleminded young awesome people who shouldn't have to think about money to start a project that is changing so many lives.

7 ashok

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

when i was doing my first year in college myself and friends went to outing in weakend. we went to a village,it consists only 24 family, we all enjoyed yourself and while returning it was heavy rain, we all went to a house we stayed there for an hour, then i asked about their children what they are doing their parent told that they are going for a job after their schooling, i was scared then i asked what about the other student in this village they too all are going for the job after schooling, then i dont know what to do,next day i came to college i told this matter to your outreach prof, and asked what to do how can we help for their better studies and future, then my prof said to make a group of your friends and gave some information how to speak to the villagers and how they will react about your speak and what to do for their betterment,we spoke to them but some heared some did not want to listen for as, then we saw the head of the village and asked for the needs in the village, we collected sign from the villagers and first we send it to the dist collector, and he placed some facility for the village.now we see no child was going for the job, then we collected the childrens and took tution for them in the weak ends, then for this work we all your troop got good regard from the out reach department from your college, then your prof gave this work to the juniours to the selected students the work is on progress now i was so happy to share about this to you.....

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

the couple of times ive come to interact with the youth parliament it has always greatly exceeded my expectations. I always ended up going thinking I should finally address the voice I feel I have and wish I had more of..a more socially aware/active change making youth..the last event I attended was exploring the RTI act and it was much more than I expected..I learned so much, I was sucked into the discussion panel with so many people who had so many different and clear points of view..it was so well conducted , carried out and the quality of speakers was to such an extent that while before I walked in I would have thouught that all the panel of speakers belong to different ideologies and there was bound to be a criss cross arguement but walking out ( or in my case being dragged out by my mother lol) I knew that infact everything they had to say was all complimentary..and not as expected antoganistic. I have been in numerous youth groups and the youth parliament is without doubt most definitely in the top 3 for the following reasons: 1.the issues they address are extremely relevant and for the first time a youth organization is actually doing what it preaches..ie being a catalyst for change proactively not seasonally but most definitely year round. 2. the way the issues are addressed and changes are brought about are direct, logical and impressively presented. 3.it is the perfect mix of adult- experienced guidance alongside youth discovering their ways about the world. thanks you guys and keep me updated on dynamicportal@hotmail.com merci et bravo!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Youth Parliament Foundation is a youth oriemted organization and believes in harnessing the potential of the youth in the country to pave the way for change in the existing loopholes in the administrative system. The organization has completed seven successful years in engaging the youth om various forums. The youth participation programs of the organization have encouraged a flow of ideas. I have not yet got an opportunity to be associated with the organization in a big way but I am looking forward to be part of the Vikalp Program, organized in collaboration with the UNESCO. This is another event involving youth participation by which the pressing problems facing the country will be addressed and deliberated upon. Here's wishing TYPF many more years of success and active youth collaboration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate the initiative taken by the YP Foundation in bringing youths from all over the country, professionals and students alike, to discuss and deliberate on vital issues of importance not only to our nation but humanity at large by way of the seminar 'Vikalp' they are conducting in collaboration with a United Nations agency, not just for the sake of show but toi find real answers. Thee nature of the work they bhave taken up is multidimensional and dynamc and is indeed very impressive.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I approached the Founder of YP Foundation for mentoring support as I too am a part of a non-profit named Grassroutes that aims at initiating urban youth into social action. I received contacts and leads for possible collaborations as well as got to hear about YP’s experiences, challenges faced and ideas as well as the journey of the YP team that added value to me and my venture. There was openness in sharing ideas and suggestions from the organization as a whole and they also had an expertise in working with young people and running a youth led start up. Also, their model is efficient and innovatively run and gives other organizations ideas and space to learn from.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I share office space with them. I like the professionalism with which they approach work and the feed back they take about their work.