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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

166 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Youth Parliament has shown astounding growth since the time I worked with it; not only has it branched out in terms of the types of projects undertaken, but there has been a an exponential increase in the creative perspectives, innovative energies, and courageous approaches whilst remaining true to the essence with which it started up. It was a true honor for me to work with the YP foundation, and hopefully will get the opportunity to do so again in the future.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

It felt great to work with brilliant and creative people, so passionate about the work they did. It felt good to be a part of change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with this organisation this year only and I have enjoyed the time spent here- and also did the most constructive thing i could ever have i.e. helping others without any ulterior motive. And this gives a wonderful sense of bing!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my many years of experience in the development sector I have never come across an organization as good and unique as Youth Parliament. my long association with Youth Parliament I have seen them do excellent work, reaching out to the youth quite rapidly and making a difference, quite effectively. As an organization they have grown and evolved extremely well. Any professional organization would envy their learning curve. In fact, I have learnt from them probably more than they have learnt from me. The core organization values and principles have remained consistent. Their unwavering spirit and passion not only inspire the youth but equally all age groups who get attached with them. Well, what else can i say except they are awesome and they truely Rock!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

yp is great for the youth potnetial development! in every which way. so its great to be a part of this foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gained a tremendous amount of awareness about topics like HIV/Aids, human rights, sexuality and etc. I am a very reserved person, very shy to say what i feel but the YP foundation has helped me in so many ways to open up and be confident about myself.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The YP Foundation is doing really great work in providing creative platforms to the youth. The programs and activities of YP Foundation helps youth to develop their skill sets and overall personalities and become a responsible citizen.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

A lot of people think of YP as an "elitist" organization. What they don't understand is that upper middle class youngsters are also major stakeholders and that they to don't have a space where they can work on issues that concern them. Some people also feel YP doesn't do "grassroots" work..; seldom do they understand what "grassroots" work even means! Rural India might have a lot of issues and problems that need to be addresses no doubt, but what happens to the people in cities who can't really go to remote villages and help out? Are their problems and concerns less important? Aren't they stakeholders as well? YP is thus an organization with a difference. It doesn't claim to go to villages and work. It admits that their target audience is the cities. It is the kids who go to good schools. Its objective is social change yes, but more importantly, its "developing potential in young people". It helps develop skills of young people to set up their own projects and run them the way they want to, following a human rights based approach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a volunteer the yp to me means uninhibited interactive sessions.It is the meeting of like minded people from varied fields and it gives a sense of belonging to everyone who's involved with it.the atmosphere here is always charged with excitement and if you have the passion to learn and work the yp gives an equal oppurtunity to one and all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience with YP has been short,but very satisfying for the humanitarian in me.Im getting to do all the things i always wanted to do in ways i didn't imagine i could.I get to exercise my talents and skills AND give another human(who hasn't been as lucky as me in matters of the comforts in life) a reason to smile. I feel proud to be of some help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

iv been working in yp for sumtime now,i feel its a great organisation n wil help a lot in need.im with d butterfly project and its concept is totally diferent so i think itl go a long way.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

YP works on so many issues.. its extra-ordinary! Their outreach is exceptional- and this is probably due to the fact that its run and managed entirely by college kids/graduates! I'm proud to see this generation of people actually taking a stand on issues that matter, rather than just pointing fingers at authorities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had heard a lot of interesting stuff about this Delhi based organisation that everyone fondly called 'YP'. Many of my friends had joined as volunteers in various projects like those for street kids. I wanted to be a part of it but my interest lay in exploring digital media and I couldnt think of how an 'NGO' could provide a platform for that. I was wrong. YP has a space for anyone and everyone. The only eligibility criterion being 'passion'.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a workshop done by VOICES in my school. We were practically forced to sit through it by teachers. But once it started, we had so much fun! We were given a space to talk about very relevant but not often talked about issues- peer pressure, bullying, substance abuse. And it wasnt the preachy kind of stuff most sessions on these topics are like. We were free to say what we felt, without feeling inhibited! It really changed me perspective on these issues. I hope to attend more such sessions!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went with my friend to the Sarai in North Campus where the Blending Spectrum Project works. I just wanted to see what it was that occupied so much of my friend's time. And I now understand. =) Just the way the children called out to us when we reached, grinning away from ear to ear, was enough to make me want to come back again. Unfortunately, I have been unable to work with the project, but I would really love to do so in the near future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I attended the first day of their 7th Birthday Celebrations earlier this year. Swarathma performed as the closing event for Day 1, and I really had a blast. Everything was really well-organized, and the hard work shone through

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got to know about YP through a couple of friends who work in it. Its strange to see so many young people in the city put in so much time and effort into their work in this organization! Guess the credit goes to the freedom they're given to work on their projects the way they want to. I've seen my friends grow, and also enjoy what they're doing. Good luck guys and cheers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organisation is the best and the most acive one i have come across till date. Their contribution towards changing the society and finding solutions for the existing problems is commendable. The people associated with it are so dedicated and enthusiastic about making a differnce and i am very sure they will succeed in doing so, very soon. I wish goodluck for YP. Keep up the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several of their sessions and they surprise me every time! They've worked on issues varying from workshops on sexual rights, to encouraging a cultural exchange between afghan and Indian students in Delhi,prominent bands in the city teaching their music to slum kids, to most recently discussion on the RTI Act. Its incredible how you walk into their programmes expecting one thing and coming out with a completely new experience! Keep up the good work people :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience at the The YP Foundation was brilliant. I facilitated group sessions on various topical issues and was able to interact with a range of participants.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

The YP Foundation is probably the only organisation in Delhi that works with a wide range of issues and mediums, active in multiple areas in the city of Delhi simultaneously. From Child Rights to RTI to the independent music industry in India, the YP has gained a ubiquitous presence in and around Delhi through numerous events, workshops, interactive discussions etc. Having been a staff member of the YP, I can personally vouch for the fact that each and every branch of the organisation undergoes a rigorous reseach and training phase and the members, though mostly volunteers, are highly qualified and well-informed in their respective fields of work. The YP is a great space for young people to engage with issues they are passionate about, as one has the freedom to choose a specific medium/area of work, supported by a very well-defined working structure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

just an amazing experience with the ypians ... a fresh air of motivation, power and possessiveness for the betterment of the society

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the 7th birthday celebrations of the YP, at the India Habitat Centre. It was a two day festival, the first featuring Bangalore based band swarathma, the second an informative discussion on the RTI act and its pro's and cons. I was blown away by the level of discussion and the overall commitment of the YP staff. Their programs are always unique and leave lots of food for thought.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I believe that typf provides a great base for the youth to grow and become more contributing members of the society.I volunteered for the project 19 festival and it truly changed my perspective on issues regarding sexual health rights, it provided all of us with the opportunity to interact with the different communities and understand their take on life.the festival was an open forum where everyone could step up and articulate their viewpoints while accepting others.such festivals go a long way in creating a more open, accepting and integrated society.

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Former staff

Rating: 4

If ever there was an energy that could transform an idea, an individual hope or question into a reality, TYPF is it. I had been involved with TYPF in its fledgling years, as a facilitator for its work group sessions at the India Habitat Centre. Few years hence I returned to work with its then newly formed performing arts branch, Silhouette. It is difficult to explain in this brief a space the tremendous opportunity that TYPF provides and how it opens boundaries in ways that cannot be imagined. Having seen its growth over a fair period now, its transformation strikes one as being specially commendable - as it engages more young individuals and grows in size, it also continues to deliver on its vision to provide resources for individual objectives in order that these be achieved. Despite roadblocks to its success,sustainable funding being a prime hiccup, TYPF has never held back on its promise. None the less, it is time that its contribution be recognised and efforts made to ensure that young people in India everywhere have continued access to as innovative a platform as TYPF.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been associated with The YP Foundation for just about 3 months now. Besides fulfilling the purpose of being a platform for the youth, TYPF for me, has been a motivating force. I've always been interested with issues related to Law and Governance and I found the perfect place to be with the RTI Division of the organization. Getting a chance to work on issues that I feel passionately about isn't all that I've gained from TYPF. The working of the organization too, has taught me a lot. From being a thorough professional to thinking on the spot are just 2 of the many things I've had to learn! Having joined as a volunteer, I didn't expect myself to be so involved and engrossed with the issues that the organization deals with. Yet, I've only just realized that the work has only just begun. There's no limit to how much you can achieve working with this organization and I wish to achieve as much as I can.

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Former staff

Rating: 3

Days in TYPF has been one of the most wonderful days in my life, where learning had a completely different meaning altogether. It opened my eyes to a world which had always been around, yet unnoticed. Being a part of the Administrative Branch gave me an opportunity to get myself actively involved in all the projects, and learn from some of the terrific minds i have ever met. Its not that easy to motivate people to work for the organization voluntarily, so that speaks on its own about the great work being done by the great minds.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The YP Foundation (YP) is a driven and energetic organisation to work with. It's front-runners, Ishita, in particular, have great vision and commitment to their work and organisational objectives. The fact that they are focused on developin processes and systems tells me that they also understand the need in distributing that passion and commitment so that the organisation does not remain as person-dependent as it currently is. Their programmes, particularly those involving cultural development are brilliantly thought through, and manage to include a lot of the best young talent available in the city.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Although its not been too long since i ve joined the YP, my experience so far has been great. I got to meet a lot of interesting and nice people. More importantly, i've learnt a lot of things i never knew about HIV and sexuality.I'm looking forward to interacting with many more people and helping them gain knowledge about these issues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The YP FOundation is a fantastic organization. I have worked on three projects with the YP- on media and social responsibility; understadning kashmir and child labour and child domestic labour. The YP works with young people and channelizes their thoughts into meaningful projects. Starting off as a resource base, it has come a long way today working on numerous issues- all of interest and importance for the urban youth. This space for young people is not easily found and the YP has managed to provide many with an avenue to express themselves and take on leadership positions. Working with the YP has taught me more than what I can put in words- from teamwork, to leadership to initiating change..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the organisation has been amazing. I have been working with the organisation fthe past 2 years and find the time spent as unforgettable. I have learned much from the organisation.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

i have been associated with the YP for the last 3 and half years..and they changed my life in a more fundamental way than i can articulate..the yp has grown from being a resource base to change makers to engineering change itself..the capacity building and life skills that form part of their charter is completely contextualised to the various environs and communities they work in adn with..

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met them this year in Bali, and i have been inspired by what they do, their passion and motivation to envision change in all possible ways by empowering youth! They have clear objectives and strategy to charter their path to achieving them, and i personally am looking at the posibility of replicating a similar model for youth related work in Sri Lanka, and the YPF has been a great model to follow. They deserve all possible avenues to expand their great work with youth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

hey working with the yp was great they do there work with full dedication. the are so good in their work....... .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

To even try to encompass what The YP Foundation does in a nutshell would be a futile effort. Touching thousands of lives with meaningful interaction, training and insights the young people of the The YP Foundation help others to 'discover' while 'discovering' themselves. The various platforms it offers to the trainer and trainees gives each individual the opportunity to explore their own potential without defined, restricting boundaries. From cinematography to symposiums and from workshops to awareness of global issues, the group is always open to expand the wide-angles lens of their objective. Having interacted with the The YP Foundation on various projects I have always come away with some gem of self-realisation. I can only imagine how young minds are influenced by their interaction.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The YP Foundation was an NGO I joined to do something that would change the outlook of the system. It was my way of voicing an opinion on issues that really mattered. Issues we don’t express at all or rather make an inarticulate noise about at the back of our throat when they actually make us choke. We unknowingly fail to express the very evils that plague our daily lives and instead get accustomed to taking them as a part of growing up. The VOICES project, as the name suggests, gives you a platform to talk about such very issues. Peer pressure, substance abuse, body esteem etc are nothing new to anyone of us. It’s not like we haven’t gone through any of them. It’s just that we don’t even speak about them when we really need to be acting on them. What we aim at is to address adolescents about such basic problems that affect them adversely. Teenagers, either out of fear or pressure of peers, are not willing to talk on such issues. That is where the basic motive of the project lies. As a volunteer for the first time my personal experience with VOICES is pretty short-lived. But I hope to keep working for TYPF in the coming years doing my bit to make a difference in the society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would have to say that it has been and is a pleasant experience working with The YP Foundation. I still remember my induction meeting headed by 'Never-on-time' Nitya and 'Perfect' Pallavi! It was a casual yet enriching experience wherein they managed to create a sense of camaraderie amongst a group of perfect strangers! I got to know about the various projects of The YP through an excellent multimedia presentation as well as through Nitya and Pallavi. The ease with which both of them spoke, clearly demonstrated their sincerity and their love for what they did. I got essential information about The YP, when it was founded, and by whom and other general information about the hierarchy of the organization. I also learnt about the various projects of the YP like Project 19 that looks at sexualtiy, sexual health and AIDS. I was particularly impressed by how Nitya , the Project lead, explained the development of the project from something that started out to spread awareness about AIDS unearthed so many misconceptions about sexuality and sexual health amidst the 'educated' youth that it had to become backward compatible and include sexual health and sexuality, only then could the problems of STDs and AIDS could be tackled. Another project I learnt about was Voices where Maitreyi explained to us that YP members went to schools and conducted workshops on issues like substance abuse, peer pressure etc. after receiving training for three months from professionals. She also shared her own experiences with us and was very receptive to our doubts and questions. But the program I was most interested in was Blending Spectrum - interacting with slum children and talking to them about personal hygiene, basic education etc. This was introduced to us by Pallavi. Overall, I was very satisfied with the way the induction was conducted and more importantly was filled with enthusiasm about the journey I was about to embark on. After the 'formal' induction I got to spend a little time with Nitya, Pallavi and the others winding up as I was one of the last few to leave. It was good fun! Soon after I applied for a volunteer post at YP and met the woman herself - Ishita Chaudhry. Her force of personality kind of hits you in the face when you first meet her. A couple of questions in, I was impressed by her grasp of her field and her forthright attitude. I WANTED to work with her! Fortunately I was selected as part of the fundraising team and the best thing about it was more time talking to Ishita! Despite her busy schedule she personally introduced me to everybody in the office and then took me aside to teach me all there was to know about fundraising in the non-profit sector - the various types of organizations - NGOs, trusts etc., the various sources of funding - grants, sponsorships etc. and the YP code of ethics while trying to get sponsorship. Soon I got to know about the annual report being published for the first time by YP and was told to start out by getting advertisements for it. My interaction with all members of the YP has been positive and full of warmth. Even though some of these people have been working together since the inception of the organization, I have never felt left out. They all LOVE the work they are doing and KNOW that it is going to make a difference to the society at large, however minuscule it might be. Each member knows what he or she is supposed to do and does it on time and more importantly while having fun all the way! The lunch breaks are a time to pass around home made delicacies and maybe watch a video of one of the members performing at a cultural function! Nitya, Pallavi and Maitreyi all are fun to be with and at the same time extremely serious about and dedicated to, their work. The fact that the YP today boasts of hundreds of college students from prestigious Delhi University colleges among its cadres is a tribute to the core team of the YP and most importantly its founder Ishita Chaudhry. I am not a man who is easily impressed, but the way Ishita has carved out a whole organization from the flippant youth that comprise Delhi speaks volumes of her dedication, perseverance and business savvy. She clearly understands the sustainance aspect of the organization as well as its mandate to engage the youth constructively and works feverishly to achieve both these in a non-conflicting manner. That she is ably supported by a dedicated staff that shares her vision goes without saying. Brainstorming sessions often include impassioned speeches followed by emphatic urges not to get 'senti'! In conclusion I would like to say that I believe that it is a very professionally run organization even though it is run by recent graduates and its volunteers come from Delhi university colleges. In Ishita they have a visionary leader with the force of personality to take this organization far and make it one of the most trusted yet fun youth organizations for social change. In endorsing this organization, you shall be investing in a nascent plant that is definitely going to grow into a large and shady tree and reach out to and change the lives of many young people in a positive way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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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Former staff

Rating: 5

I have worked with TYPF for almost 2 years and everyday I think of how much I have helped those little children I worked with, how they must be now, and I feel really good about myself and the fact that there exists an organization like TYPF that believes in helping people, and choosing what to stand up for! Working with TYPF gave me an opportunity to work at the grass-root level, something I had always wanted to do but never got the chance to. It made me see clearly how much needs to be done in this country, and gave me the strength and confidence that I, as just one person, can bring about change!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The YP astounds me. My most recent interaction was on a short film I helped them make for "Blending Spectrum", their street children project. I saw the dedication and commitment they were willing to put in to make the film as heart felt and real as possible. The glamour of film making wears down once you realize long hours and the tediousness of the job. The volunteers at Blending Spectrum however were up to a challenge and showed maturity in knowing what they wanted to put across through the film. They worked with me as a team and we focused our efforts and pulled off a well made film in a limited time frame.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

the most frequently asked question,one thats been on my lips at some point or the other as well - 'what is the point of the yp'?? the answer is simple - the point is the first step - the yp gives ppl the the opportunity to learn, to speak and share, to feel safe in numbers... Its key characteristic to me is its potential. I see now that the YP is trying to raise funds... It would be a pity to see an organization with such potential fall because of money -

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are a few of us who carry on even though things might not be the way they "should" be... few others who will rant and rave and ALWAYS point fingers at what's "not right"... and then there is the YP - who will stand up and make a difference. I have known about the YP's work for over 3 years now, although not followed enough to know ALL about it. But however limited may be my knowledge, it's certainly inspired me. Let's keep things real - these guys don't "owe" it to anybody. Nor do they essentially come from backgrounds or circumstances that result in that insatiating hunger to create change. Yet they do it - day on day, issue on issue, push to shove. They do it quietly, very strongly... and I respect them for it. I will not speak about specific instances, as I'm sure many would've done so by now. But I'm proud to know that the YP exists...and continues to promise for a better US. Thank you YP!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had always heard about The YP Foundation from my daughter's friend when it was called "Youth Parliament" . Back then i never knew what they really did. It was when my son started working them that I realized the socially useful productive work they are doing. In a country like India, where many problems still exist, it is young people who have to take an onus to change it, and I found TYPF to be one of the very few organizations completely run by young people (and run professionally at that), for young people by directly empowering them to change. Whether its encouraging young students to vote and teaching them the importance of democracy, talking about SRHR in country where such topics are never spoken about, welcoming International students and bridging the divide in terms of cultures, using different media like film and music to advocate change, teaching life skills to slum children or saving the environment and the girl child, the YP is able to provide a space for young people to work on issue that feel passionate about by providing them with all the resources. It is pleasurable to be associated with the YP.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working in The YP Foundation has been an amazing learning and eye opening experience. It equipped me with all the skills that not only enabled me to be competent but also be a good citizen of this world. Besides making friends and having fun, it brings you to a level of awareness as never before. I came into the YP able but have managed to become differently enabled!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The YP for me, has been not just an organization, or a group of people, rather a journey. If I look back at the last 3 years of my life, almost every moment of realization, skills i discovered, limits I pushed, has in some way or another been related to my work with The YP Foundation. Working as project head of a street children s project earlier, and now in a completely new space of work, The YP has given me a platform to discover myself. Its provided me with the opportunity to engage with the issues I'm passionate about, to work with young people like - minded as I am, and develop skills I never dreamt I had. Working with the YP has defined and re-modelled me, my way of thinking, my confindence and I how see everything. These last 3 years with the YP, has really helped take a big step in making me realize the difference I can really make in this world. Just me.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

The YP gave me my first taste of the real world. Working with the independent music scene in Delhi was great, but learning how to draft proposals, conduct meetings, giving presentations, meeting deadlines, and thinking on the spot was actually what I needed to learn. From being a volunteer to staff to a volunteer again has been two years of crazy amounts of creativity and well, lots of work. Thanks to TYPF I now have great work experience and a photography portfolio to boot!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its around 2.00 am in China and im sitting writing a grant proposal for one of the branches of the yp. Looking back all I can say is that 2 years ago i never ever thought this would be real. Any of it. Finding focus, being able to retain your idealism and learning to work with people is no small thing, and the YP's definitely done that for me. With all its craziness and sometimes chaos, there are not mane such spaces/ places which have managed to survive. being able to adapt to different young people's expectations and personalities is no small thing. To ownership and accountability, wishing that this the trajectory continues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience with the YP foundation has been so far, amazing! I work with Voices, a part of the YP Foundation that works with school kids on different issues pertaining to them. The amount of the dedication that is shown by the different heads of Voices leaves me speechless. Moreover, all the meetings that we have are fun as well. It's like a total win-win situation. I have loved working with the YP so far and would like to be with YP as long as I can be !

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

It has taught me a lot and opened me to so much more as far as music is concerned. I learnt how to approach people, organise events, got so much exposure and overall had a very rewarding experience with YP.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The YP Foundation was one of the best experiences of my life. As a teenage to get involved in an organisation like The YP Foundation, made me understand myself and a lot of things that were happening around me a lot better. By facilitating session I realised the type of ideas that other youths had, and I started appreciating difference in opinion. By working on different session and undertaking research for these sessions i was able to get so much information. WIth the objective of making sure that the youth take informed diecisions, the YP foundation never preached and never claimed to be moral police. That had an immense appeal for me and several other people who were involved with them. In a nutshell, this was one of the most open and exciting place to be for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was drawn to the YP Foundation because of its commitment to dealing with pertinent issues that plague society. What made me stay on was the sheer dedication of the staff to fulfil what they believe in: a world purged of hypocrisy, inequality and discrimination. From rehabilitating underpriveleged children to upholding the rights of sexual minorities, the YP strives to mobilze the youth in effecting positive changes in society. It is a testament to the fact that today's youth is insensitive to the problems of the society they live in. Rather, they are aware and concerned. Through the YP's activities, the youth get to channelize their efforts and energies in a productive and sytematic manner towards making a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my experience of working with TYPF has been great so far . I have never been so effected by the cause i believe in , nor i have ever been challenged in such a manner . It has given me the opportunity to work with with children , which not only benefits them ( i hope so ) but also me .Its very very crazy !!!!!!!! . though the best part about it is that you feel you work for a cause but in a way you work in building yourself as well . !!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is the first time I'm working with an NGO and The YP Foundation has far exceeded my expectations. I truly believe that this organisation has the potential to bring about a big difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TYPF encourages young people to work towards causes they identify with and in the process develop themselves.I have been involved with the TYPF for 3 months now and have had a wonderful experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with TYPF has been extremely enriching and was more like an eye opener. The amount of exposure in terms of interacting with people from varied job profiles, interests, backgrounds, tastes etc was amazing! Even though the organization is involved with different projects simultaneously, the amount of support given to each project from within is commendable. I, for one, have never seen such harmony and peace at a workplace! The three months that I spent at TYPF will forever be cherished.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I joined the YP foundation this year in july. The experience gained till now was fruitful. What i like about the organization is the kind of people who are a part of it. They are extremely warm and welcoming which is what I think is the best part of the YP besides the kind of work they do specially for the urban youth of the country. I'm looking forward to working with it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YP is a young organisation that believes in empowering the youth to make a difference to the society. I have been working with 'Blending Spectrum' - the branch of YP which works with slum and street children for the past 6 months. What makes YP such a great organisation is its professional running and the freedom given to the volunteers to come up with their own issues, curriculum etc. All the staff and volunteers of TYPF are highly motivated. The experience of working with the kids at the basti has been great. Working with the kids i have learnt far more things than i may have been able to teach them.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I, like most adolescents in my peer group, had only a very vague idea of many social problems and knew only what the limited programs in school and the newspaper taught me. YP changed all that. Though I was in the branch concerned with the promotion of the performing arts I also interacted with other branches and learnt about the fields they were working with. My branch was holding workshops related to the field of music awareness in schools throughout NCR. This required tremendous research, organization and finally hours of facilitation practice and training. We extended these workshops to schools in less privileged areas, giving me a chance to get a unique perspective on the limited nature of the extracurricular activities available to them. Beyond that I was fascinated by the work done by the other parts of the organization and was impressed by the managements ability to hold the many different projects together and unite them in a common cause. Over and above all that joining the YP was alot of fun. Pulling of meetings and workshops successfully gave me a huge sense of achievement and accomplishment. Working with many different kinds of people helped me understand different perspectives and backgrounds better and I believe, made me more tolerant and accepting. I am proud to call myself a YP alumni.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey with this organization has been absolutely insane! From the day I came in to the YP and felt extremely intimidated by a bunch of extremely articulate,fun and hard working people till today where I know run my own project in the yp and hopefully have become one of the "articulate,fun and hard working people". :P The great thing about the YP is that you can be anyone from a shy kid to a really loud one or a lazy kid to someone who is hard working;but you will,no matter who you are be given the space to find yourself and in turn develop the issue you are working with. Personally I have seen my self and a lot of my peers grow by leaps and bounds by virtue of being a part of this organization as well as seen issues erupt out of no where and see young people actually "making a difference". :

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the YP foundation has far exceeded my expectations .I am involved with the performing arts project and Its been an absolute pleasure to work with the organization . Its full of friendly people ,a structured organization and it functions with an inherent commitment to change in society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it has been great working with an organisation like YP.The staff and other volunteers have been great to work.They have provided us with great help and support and have made us feel very comfortable.Am so obliged to be a part of TYPF even as a volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its been lovely working with the TYPF even thiugh its only been like 2 weeks..BBut my experience has been amazing.Thanks to the whole Yp team who has been extremly friendly nd cordial with the ew volunteers.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

As a classical dance student, I always had an avid interest in the performing arts. However, my interest remained purely at the audience level, until I joined the YP foundation. I currently head the performing arts division of the YP foundation, and it has been an absolutely enriching and invigorating experience to know that I as an individual can help bring about a change in the cultural infrastructure of New Delhi. Previously, we have organised forums of discussion in partnership with the India Habitat Centre on the Arts, and career oppurtunites for the same.We have worked with a variety of art forms, from martial arts and puppetry to dance and theatre. In addition, we have organised original music concerts, showcasing the work of over 25 upcoming musicians. Last year, we organised school workshops across the Delhi-Ncr region, where we explored various definitions of original music, and explored students perspectives and stereotypes on the same. This year we are aiming to organise forums that work through an information dissemniation model that focus on sustainability in music as an art form and a viable career option.We look to target upcoming musicians and equip them with information on how to produce,protect, and promote their work. In order to ensure that the above forums serve as an unique learning experience, we are collaborating with a range of people from the music industry- in both performance and non performance capacities, in order to have them share their experiences and network with younger artists. The aim is to have an open forum for dialogue and discussion on the future of self sustainability in music. Working with over 200 young people who are equally as passionate about their work, is intimidating, challenging and always a great learning experience. The YP offers a platform to young people to bring about change in any social cause they feel strongly about. It offers a multitude of oppurtunites for young people to engage with social issues, and execute projects in accordance with the change they want to bring about in the same. My experience with YP has been absolutely mind blowing. I have learnt more than I would have hoped, in and outside of the issue I directly work with.From equipping me with leadership skills and giving me the freedom to execute my own projects to learning how to write a project proposal- the YP foundation has helped shape my all round development, and I'm proud to be associated with it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the YP Foundation has been fantastic so far. Honestly, I have worked with a couple of non-profits before, but working in YP has actually be a revelation for me in terms of my potential and ability to DO things, and not just sit back and discuss. From simple things such as voluteering at public events to more tiring activities such as fund raisers and organising large events, I have not only spent free time in a constructive way, but I have had a lot of fun doing it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

was really different.. i remember i randomly went for the induction with a friend and while sitting there we were told abt all the projects and different work all of them were doing and the passion which was emanating from the old volunteers and staff present there just did it for me.. i knew i wanted to join this organisation.. i joint the branch working with the performing arts and specially with spreading awareness about the music scene in delhi( something which interested me because music and me go together) ..I loved the fact that there was so much to do, so many ideas floating around and the fact that u had the freedom to voice ure opinion and it would be heard and implemented as part of the major plan.. after working for a year with the organisation ive learnt a lot not only w.r.t aspects of the music scene in delhi and how to promote it( which i try and do religiously specially among my frnds :D) but also got to know a lot about other projects and the work each one of them do, which is just fab to put it briefly! if i'm given some more time and ability to manage things better i wouldnt leave the yp for sure!though u never know i might just join it again cuz i do miss it quite a bit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

You get to know what people go through behind closed doors. Their skeletons. You learn to see the people you deal with in workshops as just that. People. You start to see what it feels like to be on their side, whether they regret whatever decision they took or not. You learn that you have no authority to judge anyone for their decisions because it is their decision after all. It gives you perspective. It changes the way you look at everything and everyone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended a few discussions and events by the YP, and also a couple of their concerts. I have usually found their work to be extremely professional and well orchestrated.