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The YP Foundation
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.

Ways to make it better...

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

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & As program manager in Pravah, an Indian NGO working with youth for social change, I facilitated the organization through our program for young entrepreneurs (Change Looms).