Community Avenue Network (CAN) Youth (formerly known as Youngs’ Club), is a youth-led NGO based in Dimapur, Nagaland in North East India. CAN works with the belief that most youth are vulnerable to frustration and rebellion in the society. It was founded with incubation support from Changelooms.
CAN aims at providing a common platform for dropouts and focuses on their abilities and interests to equip them with skills in various trades that would help them earn a livelihood. Some of the initiatives of CAN include:
1. Project Care & Hope – an education project for children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS ,drug abuse and alcoholic parents.
2. Discover Positive – A project for youth including dropout students and underprivileged youth, providing vocational & skills training and making them independent rather than dependent. CAN has conducted trainings on bamboo craft for dropout students and underprivileged youth of Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre, with Aolembu Longkumer, an award winning trainer.
3. Youth Voluntarism – CAN Youth has 40 volunteers from different colleges and villages. hey are known as Young Agents and they engage in community service. CAN is also supporting some dropout girls to undergo training on cutting and tailoring, beading and soft doll-making at Prodigals Home Centre. The process includes formation of a self-help group and learning marketing techniques.