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The YP Foundation
October 13, 2009

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Volunteer/ Youth Faciilitator/ Trainer/ Co-ordinator.