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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: 4

It Is a wonderful experience working with YP. Its a great place to increase your social network,but apart from this the major thing is that you 'learn' about many thing- How to deal with different people How to interact with small children (specifically in VOICES).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

its the best thing that has ever happened to me. having coming to delhi as a young person who spent all his time doing squat, my journey with yp has been remarkable in terms of the change it has brought about in me. at the most basic and most fundamental level, it has connected me with my country and the environment i live in by empowering me not just to be someone who is cognizant of the issues in our country but someone who can be an agent of change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The YP Foundation ha been a place where I have learned more than I have contributed. The experience has been really adventureous worked at every place I have never been. I would simply say that where I actually leanrt what work is was here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I WORKED WITH A BRANCH WHICH WORKED WITH STRRET CHILDREN, AND HAD AN AMZING EXPERIENCE THERE. ITS A EYE-OPNER AND TYPF HELPS BUILT YOU AS A PERSON. ITS A ORGANIZATION WHICH REALLY HELPS YOU WORK WITH CAUSES WHICHARE VERY IMPORTANT TO ONE AND GIVES YOU A GROUND TO GROW AS A PERSON.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been working with The YP Foundation for over 2 years now. I think the biggest achievement of this organisation is the skill development of volunteers. I'm only 20, and confident of launching and running any project - YP teaches you the method of working professionally. Through all the ups and downs, as there are with any organisation, my experience with the YP has made me more confident of my own skills and abilities, and pushed me to improve what I may not be so good at.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an honor to volunteer for TYPF !! Looking forward to to do more projects with The YP foundation. Thans a lot T Y P F

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

its nothing short of truly-incredible-and-amazing to see how so many young people (especially girls - the YP has many more girls working with them than boys) can come together and work together with different ideas, in different ways (and for different causes). The YP foundation is unique in its very essence as it gives everyone the space and the opportunity to say what they think. Every individual, even the most timid and the most recent volunteer who has joined the group, is treated with respect and is given the chance to speak and be heard. In a time and place where 'who knows who' and 'who knows what' determine peoples entire lives, TYPF creates a space which is more sensitive to one and all, irrespective of where they come from or what they do. Everyone is welcome. and everyone learns from their experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

My have always believed in my alma mater’s moto : Be Yourself ! … and that’s exactly I could see through this organization. It truly lets us what we are. The people working towards issues they really feel about are given the full liberty to conceptualize their projects and hence are always seen working with high the determination and enthusiasm. Though I have recently joined the organization but has been witness to tangible steps and effective results from quite a long time. Keep it up people!! My best wishes!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I have recently joined The YP Foundation, the kind of motivation and support provided by the seniors is incomparable.. I was a bit worried in the beginning as i didn't knew whether I'll be able to accomplish the assigned tasks or not but the unanimous support helped me get through. The environment is very friendly and the associates are highly dedicated from day 1. I am working as a volunteer for the organisation and I think I'm blessed to be a part of it. I have gained a lot of experience working with these people and i wonder if i could work with them for a lifetime...

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The YP foundation has given me a platform to actually work for the change that I want to see instead of simply discussing about it. At YP we find solutions to our problems and not simply highlight them. Being a part of the solution and helping others to find their's are the most important things that I have learnt from my experience at the YP.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

So far I've been with The YP Foundation for about a month. So, I'm looking forward to gaining some more experience as time goes by. The little time that I have spent has been fruitful. I learnt the importance of of working in a team and the need for good communication skills that come along with it. Also, punctuality is of utmost importance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think the YP foundation does great work. To empower the young is what the country needs. YP helps people find their path and discover themselves. Great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have no doubts or hesitation in saying that the YP Foundation is a committed, focussed non profit that is very serious about its work.What I really like about them how they have defined their area of work, their goals and the means to achieve it. Its is very easy to form a non profit; make flowery, soul-stirring vision and mission statements and brochures outlining a million things. The real challenge is to form a non profit that works on unexplored areas that have great potential for bringing about constructive social change; and that is what the YP foundation has got right from the word go. In a country like India, social change, in its most elementary and basic form, originates from a mind set. And to create that mind set among young people and empower them with the right intellectual ammunition to achieve social change is the most efficient way to make a positive difference in society. I think the YP foundation has great potential to head in this direction and we must all support their endeavour in whatever capacity we can - wholeheartedly and unconditionally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the few organizations I've seen that young people don't have a passive reaction to. The YP challenges the stereotype that says that urban youth don't care and it provides a very different kind of platform for you to get to know yourself better and also do something for society. What I really liked is how youth led every single process is. These guys work really hard,for them each project is personal. What I liked the most is that TYPF is open to critique. They keep their doors open for young people who feel differently about how work should happen with issues and they are always ready to dialogue. I've seen a lot of youth tear down what they do simply because its an urban group and I think that it's easier to criticize someone else's work instead of helping improve what you don't like or doing it better yourself. My project was not an easy one. We worked with the transgender community and went to colleges doing workshops with students, to get them to identify with the human rights that all transgender people have. I will always remember how scared people where to ask questions and how YP opened a space of conversation that would have happened rarely otherwise. Their training has a strong social change and human rights aspect to it and I think their journey is so commendable. What many people don't know is that they started with nothing. They've raised each and every resource themselves and still continue to do so. Kudos to this youth group that 7 years down the land, is still standing strong. Having worked in it myself, i can appreciate that that's not an easy thing to have done!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

THE WORST!This is an arrogant and elitist group which passifies itself by doing what they do.I would not call them a great ngo and never award them anything.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 4

the yp foundation is one organisation where i got to meet a different set of people..... its been good ...atleast there are people u can counter upon as well as express yourself... i am in rti... havent done anything so far,..... just one flaw i experienced n tht ws we have had arnd 5-6 meeting n the starters were a bit repetitive......

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my experience with yp is going fantastic.they develops young people’s leadership skills to take action on social issues. they really want to make our country a batter place to live ........ so carry on yaarroo....... "Vande mataram"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I strongly believe that if given an opportunity, YP would definitely take India to a new height with its people being much more aware of the problems being faced here as well as able to fight for them bravely...cheers to YP!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

i'm a journalist by profession and i have interacted with TYPF on a professional basis as well as a personal one.. while it was at college i attended one of their workshops on spreading awareness about the way the political system works and how one should be that thinking individual who not only elects but also questions the working of the same.. It was after that hat when i began writing for The indian Express i felt the need to spread awareness about the organisation and the youth to be able to have a platform to do all that they think of but never find an outlet for.. TYPF is doing what most of us want to but dont have the means for.. they have bridged that gap and provided all means..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

to put in one word - awesome! the RTI branch was all that I expected and a lot more.. from personal development to the development of the society in general, TYPF is more than successful and enriches anyone who gets the opportunity to get associated with it.