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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

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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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 . !!!!!

10

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.

11

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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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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Working with The YP Foundation has provided me with a space where I am constantly forced out of my comfort zone and pushed to do new, challenging things at every step. It has helped me break out of my bubble and become more proactive.

14

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I recently joined YP after hearing a lot about all the great work it does. I'm thrilled that I am now a part of this organization. Almost from the moment I joined YP, it changed my perspective on a lot of things, and also helped me develop interpersonal skills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i've had a great experience working with the YP Foundation. i work in the Blending Spectrum in the YP and the progress we see with the kids we teach is great. one day when we were conducting our regular visit at the basti i was talking to a girl called ramesha about what she ate that day. and she told me what she ate but also told me all the nutritional value of her food because we had tought her that. this was 2 months after the lesson was conducted and it felt great to see that she remembered what we tought her.