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 boys' 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 welcomed our 5th class of residential boys, from remote mountain villages. We launched a new girls' hostel, Blossom Projects, serving 10 girl students who have dropped out of school. We offered community programs, arts events and wellness workshops for local families. In 2018 we will double the number of residential students we serve and expand our local programs to include trauma-informed art therapy.
Target demographics: We collaborate with Dalit youth to find their confidence. express their creativity and excel in academics.
Direct beneficiaries per year: At-risk young women by launching Blossom Projects, our new residential program that provides individualized academic instruction and emotional support to re-enroll in school.
Geographic areas served: Dalit communities in south India
Programs: We provide training in academic success, personal growth, self-expression and wellness within families.