Mission: JBI provides Indian youth with educational, emotional and spiritual tools to create personal and social change, for a culture freed of caste prejudice and discrimination.
Results: Since 2009 we have led Communicative English workshops for youth in Kerala, which incorporate yoga, dance, meditation, master student skills, public speaking, drama, music and art. In 2014 we launched Lokuttara Leadership Academy. In 2015 built a new hostel for the Lokuttara students, with the assistance of volunteers from across Kerala. We have supported 50 children orphaned by the tsunami in Tamil Nadu, now living at Sakya Hostels in New Manali Town, near Chennai, and we led a crowd funding campaign to assist Sakya in building a new girls' hostel. In 2016 we provided learning materials for a women's mental health project in remote Dalit villages in Tamil Nadu, in collaboration with The Banyan organization. In 2017 we will be launching a girls' hostel in Kerala.
Target demographics: We collaborate with Dalit youth to find their confidence. express their creativity and excel in academics.
Direct beneficiaries per year: At-risk Dalit youth now living and studying at Lokuttara Leadership Academy in Kerala, and families across Kerala with our community English camps, children's Art classes, daytime English classes for local mothers and evening English classes for local fathers, as well as counseling and community events for youth and their families.
Geographic areas served: Dalit communities in south India
Programs: We provide training in academic success, personal growth, self-expression and wellness within families.