The YP Foundation

Rating: 4.51 stars   167 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  

12 people found this review helpful

This review has given me the opportunity to make a complete fool of myself- and this time, I think I'll take the bait! It is my honour to vouch for TYPF because it has not doubted me; because it has taught me discipline; because it has helped me differentiate talk and action; because it has made me look beyond myself; because it has allowed me the space to do the work I want to do, and not JUST what it requires of me; because it has taught me that what you create is much bigger yourself; because it has given me a better interdisciplinary education than my University did; because it has let me take risks, and MADE me take some, as well; because it has made me laugh at myself; because it has taught me responsibility, and sustainability; because it has given me the gift of confidence, which I can take anywhere and everywhere; and lastly, because I know I am always welcome, within its fold.

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

the sense of community it gives me.

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

people who I will always respect.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

Six years ago, it was about 20 non-adults, a lot of conviction, a million questions and a cynical shade of idealism, which proved extremely contagious. We sat around trying to figure out how to transcend systems, issues and trajectories that define, envelope and often condition the lives of a certain section and segment of India's youth. We started small, and soon after 8 public workshops, our 9th had about 250 people trying to balance themselves in a conference hall that seated just about a 150 people. It was our first glimpse of the larger potential which went beyond the 20 or so volunteers. The i stretched to the you, the them became an us and soon we began perceiving, planning and penetrating into uncharted territory. Advocacy, governmental policy, rights, duties, cinema, sexuality, pleasure, suffering, and the other stuff of life; saw no bounds. Today, we're faraway from claiming to cover/represent/interpret/etc all of India's youth populous, but the steps to assimilate and tap into this section has definitely begun. Today with a vast volunteer base, developing work systems, processes and structures, a ready vision/mission statement, a more goal oriented worksheet and a very intricately emotional and humanistic centre, I feel that The YP Foundation is continuing to evolve and realise its dreams and scope. You know, The YP Foundation has never really been a satisfying experience for me because it never fails to whet my appetite for more, it never hesitates to constantly question and push the envelope enough to expose the one lying beneath and then you have to push that and so on. It isn't an organisation as much as a living breathing organism which is still learning to define, grow, live and probably the toughest art of all sustain. And I'm intensely proud of being a tiny part of this organism, and being able to look at a registered organisation and think it has pieces of me and I would unflinchingly recommend its viability, flexibility and visceral potential as it helped me discover and excavate through mine in the process.

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

the planning, process and outcome of each project undertaken or overseen. The results might not always be a right or wrong but is definitely something that moved me to the next level.

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

definitely look into how we could expand further and increase outreach, without weighing down the current bandwidth.

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

perspectives offered, people interaction and the constant ambiance of unscathed will to want to do more. And a feeling of ownership that almost every volunteer expresses.

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

Committed, loyal and open to new ideas.

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

Kick Ass. Royally!

Ways to make it better...

I'd started working with it the day Ishita began it. I joined I think exactly a year after.

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

1. Funding. 2. Sustainability. 3. maintaining the current work ethic while being able to grow into a full fledged organisation. (the paradox between wanting to be an institution but not being institutionalised somewhere)

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

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My association with The YP Foundation is a long and fruitful one. Through my involvement with the organization I have had the opportunity to work with a number of young people and have had the chance to be part of the team that nurture their talent, helping to actualize their ideas into realities and translate their passions into movements of social change. The organization has also played an integral role in my life, providing me with the platform to develop key life skills such as communication, conflict resolution, leadership skills and organizational ability. The most valuable aspect of the organization is the investment that it makes in young people by giving them the agency to contribute towards social change and believing in their talent, their passion and their ability to make a difference.

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

the amazing network of young people that I have connected with and the different kinds of work that I have had the chance to do.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I started TYPF with a group of young people in 2002, and am absolutely amazed at what this organization has done for me in the last 7 years. I've grown as a person in the most incredible ways, become confident, articulate and been able to see myself as an active change maker in society. TYPF has brought together young people who for the longest time, where underground, not in their talents but in the access they had to opportunities and tools. This is a tough organization to work in - but never in my life have I met 7 generations of such committed young people - and I know it's thanks to the kind of training, mentoring and space that TYPF collectively provides. I found my space :)

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

The number of young people who have joined in and made this a movement. We've trained 5,000 young people in 7 years and set up 200 projects across India.

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

The organization doesn't judge you, it gives you space to be yourself and discover what you are good at.

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

challenge governments to commit to implementing social justice and build stronger human rights for young people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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