CYC Forum

The CYC Forum is the collective of 40 civil society organizations on the board and general body of CYC. Many of these organizations who are part the CYC Forum are youth-led and youth engaging organisations, who have emerged through CYC-Pravah supported programs, thereby completing a full circle. These members are committed to take the concept of 5th space wherever they go and create 5th spaces in whatever they do. Regular meetings are organised to create and action a shared agenda for the CYC Forum.

 

 

 

AUDACIOUS DREAMS FOUNDATION

Audacious Dreams Foundation (ADF), India aims to inspire, inform, engage, enable and empower youth for global understanding and sustainable development by using various measures starring from mutual dialogue, education, sports, rural development, policy making, adolescent health, environment, women empowerment, social entrepreneurship, vocational training etcetera.

About the Anchor:

Dinesh Gajendran is a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Masters in Advertising & Public Relations  and is currently pursuing his masters in Political Science. He founded social organization named “Audacious Dreams Foundation” to work for rural youth and social development through sports, arts, education, women empowerment, adolescent health, environment etc. He also founded “Institute of Youth Affairs and Social Development” a research institute for youth development.  His interest in policy making made his career debut in politics in 2011 where he contested and won as elected councilor/ward member to his Village Panchayat.

 

BHARAT CALLING

Bharat Calling is an initiative of Shri Ramesh Prakash Samajik Sansthan based in Pathrota village of Hoshangabad district of M.P. It was started as a part of internship program in 2009 by TISS M.A in Social Entrepreneurship course students (2009-11). It was started after assessing the situation of tribal block (Kesla M.P) where students in higher education showed 82% drop out till 10th 2001 census. Hence , Bharat calling moved to information providing , support in form filling, coaching during summers and then to final linking these students to respective universities. From 1 school and 0 role models, the organization has spread to 27 schools with more than 100 role models in higher education, since it started working in 2009.

About the Anchor:

After having faced financial challenges as a student, Sandeep Mehto started an initiative called Bharat Calling which enables rural youth to pursue higher education courses of their choice. The initiative guides the students and links them to the right universities.

 

PRANTAKATHA

Prantakatha which in Bengali means Narrative of Change from Margin works on developing youth leadership in various spheres of life. Prantakatha has grown steadily in size and depth in terms of intervention and engagement with youth in Bengal. Currently Prantakatha is run by a well performing board and a sound ground team who through their efforts have been able to develop Prantakatha as a trusted youth space in West Bengal. The most exciting part of youth group at Prantakatha is that it includes a cross section of the young population ~ college students, youth from urban slums, from red light areas, queer population, religious minorities etc.

About the Anchor:

Bappaditya Mukherjee is the Founder and current Executive Director of Prantakatha in Bengal. Prantaktha works towards creating dialogue (Katha) between mainstream of life with youth from different marginalised conditions (Pranta/Margin). Youth of Prantakatha are from different extremely marginalized conditions like from Red Light Areas, from villages, from different social and cultural minority groups including queer groups along with mainstream urban middle and upper middle class youth. He is an alumni of State Department of Government of United States of America. He was invited as state guest to USA in 2012 under the State Department’s most prestigious professional international exchange programme named International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP). During her visit to India, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton consulted a group of civil society activists in India and as youth leader Bappaditya was part of that delegation. He is also a Changelooms fellow, the much celebrated youth leadership programme in India. Besides a post graduate in Economics from University of Calcutta and a post graduate diploma holder in Television Journalism, he is also a singer trained in Rabindra sangeet.

 

CAN YOUTH

Community Avenue Network (CAN) Youth formerly known as Youngs’ Club is a youth-led NGO based in Dimapur, Nagaland (North East India).

Founder & President of Youngs’ Club, Jenpu Rongmei said that working with this section of school/college drop-outs for several years, the Club has observed that most youth are vulnerable to frustration and rebellion in the society. Youngs’ Club aims at providing a common platform for drop-outs and focuses on their abilities and interest to equip then with skills in various trades that would help them earn a livelihood.

About the Anchor:

Jenpu Rongmei founder and Chief Functionary of Community Avenue Network (CAN) Youth formerly known as Youngs’ Club is a youth-led NGO based in Dimapur, Nagaland (North East India) works on three issue – ‘Project Care & Hope’, ‘Discover Positive’ and ‘Youth Voluntarism’. Jenpu is presently information secretary of Nagaland alliance for child and women Rights.

 

CSEI

CENTRE FOR SOCIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION (CSEI) is a policy research and advocacy organization focused on promoting social equity and inclusion in our body politic by hand holding Community Led Organizations (CLOs) with particular focus on young people and children from socially excluded communities. The focus areas include Education, Entrepreneurship/skill Development and governance related issues. With over two decades of work by its founding members promoting Dalit human rights, CSEI networks with community led organizations (CLOs) from Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim communities to promote socio-economic and cultural rights of socially excluded communities. Education, leadership building, skill building, entrepreneurship and governance matters form the prime pillars to promote equity and inclusion.

About the Anchor:

Being a Dalit youth, Satyendra Kumar comes from a remote village of Bihar, and having faced significant discrimination, life changing experiences from village to his graduation days in JNU, New Delhi and post-graduation in TISS, Mumbai. Early in his life, he had already got his career inclination and strong belief that he would certainly involve himself in something which other Dalit youth from remote villages would not need to face or at least they would be aware and skilled enough to deal with their identity building process and access life changing opportunities and avenues.

 

DIKSHA FOUNDATION

Diksha Foundation was started with the goal to provide quality education to children who come from socially and economically disenfranchised communities. Since 2010, their movement has been towards creating vibrant and democratic learning spaces for children who most need them. They believe that children are the most vulnerable members of their communities and their neglect has led to the many crises that they face today. They see education as a powerful tool to change regressive and apathetic attitudes towards gender, environmental degradation, caste biases, etc. and create awareness on social issues amongst the communities we are a part of. Their approach to a learning space closely subscribes to the Japanese Concept of Ba. Ba is a mutual space where knowledge is shared, created and utilized between actors. It can be either a physical, virtual or mental space, and it is both closed and open in the sense that it is characterized by certain boundaries but also by constant interaction with its environment.

About the Anchor:

Avi joined Diksha in 2010 as a centre co-ordinator .Since 2010 he has served at various roles. Presently he works as a co –coordinator and looks after the operation of the organisation.

He is interested in creating caring classrooms and dreams of a peaceful, joyous childhood for every child. He is passionate about playing, singing and teaching. Avi is a graduate from TISS, Mumbai in Social Entrepreneurship and holds a degree in B. Pharmacy from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.

 
 

ALFA EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY

Alliance for Liberty, Fraternity and Advancement (ALFA) started in December 2006 in Udaipur district, predominantly a tribal district in south Rajasthan, India. The organization was founded by Lokesh Kalal, a young social activist to provide opportunities to youth from backward districts for self-exploration and self-expression. To fulfil this vision, the organization works on the issues of youth leadership, girl’s education, women empowerment, communal harmony and governance. The organization offers a range of programmes to adolescents and youth. These include SanjhaManch – a unique opportunity for youth to socialize and learn about themselves and issues in an environment free of discrimination, Friendship Cup – an annual cricket tournament, actively bringing together teams & players from both Hindu and Muslim religions, serves as a true example of communal harmony. Before the commencement of the tournament, discussions are held with all the participating teams on the issues of universal peace and on developing an understanding of the ‘other’.

About the Anchor:

Lokesh has done his Master’s in Sociology and started the work of Alfa in 2005 with lifelong friend Jahid Makrani. In 2006 he worked actively with his village and decided to undergo the registration process to make Alfa Educational Society official. There were many struggles starting a local NGO. Family and friends were skeptical of the lack of income and only a few people appreciated the work he was trying to accomplish in his hometown. Lokesh previously worked with Seva Mandir where he gained most of his knowledge on the operations of a successful and sustainable NGO. He is currently involved in the Learning Leadership Journey fellowship through Commutiny the Youth Collective organization. Lokesh is also involved in his community Panchayat and has implemented many successful activities in the name of Alfa in the Karawara community.

 

ANHAD PRAVAH

Anhad Pravah started in 2013, is an incubation of Pravah located in the education hub of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Indore, with a population of approximately 2.4 million and a high rate of migration into the city of mostly laborers and students, has the city’s youth comprising over 55 percent of the population. Started by Shilpa Jhanwar, a Pravah team member, this initiative is aimed at creating a safe and inclusive space for the young people of the city where they understand themselves amidst the pressures of family, peers, and their careers. The team recognizes an urgent need to create a space where young people simultaneously engage with their community, understanding its influence on them and vice versa, and are able to make informed choices.

About the Anchor:

Shilpa Jhawar has been involved in the field of youth development over the last 13 years through Leadership Interventions and Psychological Counselling. She has worked extensively with the corporate sector on designing and facilitating HR and OD interventions with a range of organizations including Airtel, Bausch and Lomb amongst others. Currently, she is Director of Youth Interventions at Pravah and is Founder and Partner at Anhad Pravah. She is so busy weaving dreams that she can lose herself anytime, anywhere and in anything

 

KAIVALYA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) is a social change organization working in the field of education in India. KEF’s intervention started in 2008 with the focus to transform the quality of education in public schools by providing leadership training to school principals. Since then, they are partnered with many government, private and educational institutions to impact more than 1235 schools in three states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

About the Anchor:

With about 10 years of work experience in the corporate and non-profit sector, Neha brings on board a sound exposure in the people development space. Having worked in Training and Development and the Executive Search business in the past, Neha is currently a Program Manager with Gandhi Fellowship- Placement and Alumni Team. Her work involves engaging young leaders to discover, what we call ‘Private Dreams’ and help chalk out a journey towards achieving those dreams.

 

REAP BENEFIT

Reap Benefit is  a social enterprise whose mission to reduce environmental & social inequity by developing ‘Next Gen’ leaders to solve problems of solid waste, water, sanitation & energy  through behavioral change and co-developing low cost innovations & solutions. Using principles from The Theory of Planned Behavior, they aim to develop of leadership skills in Youth and children.

About the Anchor:

Kuldeep Dantewadia states that he was ‘…an ordinary guy with no extraordinary achievements…’. Yet, it was this ‘ordinary guy’ who delivered one of the most poignant speeches during the event, alongside a line-up of seasoned orators.  Perhaps the modesty evident in the self-submitted bio for the event’s headliners was rooted in the fact that Kuldeep, the founder of Reap Benefit, is the kind of leader that values group achievements.  Motivating groups is after all at the core of what Reap Benefit does when helping young people to take collective action for the environment.

 

SAHER

SAHER work towards empowering communities, by enabling people to aspire, lead and contribute in bringing meaningful changes in the society, effecting a shift from social conflict to a just and equitable society. Founded in 1997 as an interfaith cricket club, SAHER shaped up into an organization addressing the impact of communal conflict, and focuses on rebuilding faith between people. Registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust in 2005, SAHER’s work started in Jogeshwari, Mumbai where settlement patterns, even otherwise demarcated across communal lines, were completely ghettoized after the ’92-93 communal violence.

About the Anchor:

Rama has been working in the development sector since the last twelve years especially in areas of responsible citizenship, peace building and youth development towards social action. As the co-founder of SAHER, a community based organization in Mumbai (India), she is working with youth and adolescents on peace building through active citizenship and has facilitated workshops with around 2000 youth and adults on issues of self-awareness, deconstructing identities and stereotypes and politics of development. She has worked as a consultant facilitator with United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) and has engaged in designing content and facilitating discussion circles with participants from a Global Summer School held in New York in August 2014. Besides, she has also worked as a consultant with Magic Bus for three years where she was a master trainer for a UNICEF programme on Sport for Development and have trained over 300 teachers/trainers on concepts of identity, citizenship and politics of development.

 

AGRINI

Agrini started working in November 2009 and got officially registered in Feb 2010. With a simple thought of creating sustainable impact through education and awareness using new techniques a group of young people. Gaurav Jaiswal, PrabhaVishwa Karma, Vinita Jaiswal, Santosh Choubey, Om Prakash Jaiswal, Sandeep Jaiswal and Shri Chand Shrvastri started Agrini. Currently it is being anchored by Navendu Misra. In last four years since founding Agrini is working with a focus approach on the issues of education, livelihood and youth development in Seoni District MP.

About the Anchor:

Navendu Mishra is a passionate person but with a calm demeanor. He has been working with youth on change making initiatives since many years now. One such initiative of his “Shikshalaya” has proved to be a successful model of education and has been recognized and  appreciated on several platforms. He has also been actively associated with various youth changemaker’s networks like Changelooms, Jagriti Yatra, Pravah Streaming group etc.

 

INSIDE-NORTH EAST

INTEGRATED SOCIAL & INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EMPOWERMENT (InSIDE-North East) a non-profit organization is the culmination of the angry and frustrated youth who grew up in conflict environments, getting sick and tired of violence, injustice and poverty.  It is an initiative started by Mr. Hejang Misao and likeminded friends who shared same passion for social cause. They come together voluntarily and work collectively in coherent manner for the betterment of the society in general and the youth in particular with the motto “catch the young for a better gen next”. It is registered under section 7(1) of the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989 and 12AA of Income Tax Act, 1961. Presently it is based in Manipur.

About the Anchor:

Mr. Jamkhojang Misao finished his master of social work (MSW) and started this initiative in 2013 with a conviction that a drop of contribution will bring an ocean of change. He was brought up in an environment full of violence and conflict. He himself is one of the victims. Pained by the pathetic situation undergone by society especially young people; who are like sheep without its shepherd and women who bore the brunt of the conflict more than any other, he along with some of his likeminded friends started the initiative and began to work for their welfare.

 

KAT-KATHA

Kat-Katha (The Story of Puppets) , a not for profit registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 metaphorically represents the sex workers who live a life similar to Puppets who are controlled by someone else. Kat-Katha works with the commercial sex workers and their children living on Garston Bastion (GB) Road , the largest red light area in India’s capital city, Delhi.  Kat Katha’s vision is to present a set of life choices to the women and children living in the brothels of GB road and instill a sense of confidence enabling that choice. Kat-Katha works on four aspects of empowerment.

About the Anchor:

Three and half years ago, Gitanjali Babbar, found herself launching Kat-Katha, a nonprofit that’s quietly been transforming G.B. Road brothels into classrooms, community centers, and safe spaces for the women and their children to learn, explore creative arts, and come alive with a sense of connection, expression, and possibility. Her journey started while she was working for a health organization on instructing the brothel women on topics related to contraceptives and family planning. However her conversations with them went much beyond and she forged strong bonds of friendship with them.

 
 

MANZIL

Manzil is a non-profit organization providing a community and resources for local youth from low-income backgrounds to learn, teach, be creative, and see the world in new ways. Located in Khan Market, it serves those living in the servant quarters and one-room tenements that cohabitate this affluent area of New Delhi.

About the Anchor:

After obtaining a post graduate degree in business management, Ravi worked in the corporate sector for eight months. The job did not provide him the satisfaction he sought, so he quit to explore what he really wanted to do with his life.

Ravi actually wanted to work in a village, but stayed on in the city because two poor children needed tuitions from him. While he taught them he realised what he was doing was equally important as what he would have done in rural India. Moreover, he liked teaching children.

Soon he was teaching the children of barbers, electricians, maids, drivers and the number grew to 20 students, thus laying the foundation for Manzil. In 1996, he, along with his mother and a family friend Dr Geeta Chopra, founded Manzil. Ravi's mother Indira had been working with mentally challenged children for 30 years.

 

MILAAN

Milaan is a youth-led non-profit organization working to educate children, enable youth and empower communities. Started in 2007, they are located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The word Milaan is a combination of “Milan” which means union and “Elaan” meaning declaration, which together signify the coming together of diverse but likeminded young people for a declaration of change.

About the Anchor:

Dhirendra is also the Co-Founder and President of Milaan; a youth led non-profit working towards educating, enabling and empowering children and youth in rural communities. He was also the Managing Trustee of Vidya Grants India, a subsidiary of Vidya Grants Foundation, USA.  During his time at Vidya Grants India, Dhirendra launched and scaled their operations in India.  He has a Masters in Development Studies from Amity University and Bachelors in Mathematics (Hons) from University of Delhi. In 2012, Dhirendra co-founded Azadi, an impact venture working towards making menstruation a non-issue in lives of girls and wom

 

PEOPLE FOR PARITY FOUNDATION

People For Parity Foundation (PFP) was launched in April 2013 by a group of young people, Aditya Gupta, Arushi Mittal, Ritika on the issues of gender-based violence prevention; with a focus on working with institutions like police; and working with individuals to help challenge it in their live. They are currently in Delhi, Alwar, Nainital and looking to start work in Gurgaon, Udaipur, Kota, and Ranchi with a vision to prevent gender-based violence, via working with young people to help them understand and challenge the issue in their own lives and their community and working with institutions like the police.

About the Anchor:

Aditya is a young social entrepreneur working to challenge gender-based violence (GBV) through his initiative, People for Parity. Prior to starting this initiative, Aditya has had rich and diverse learning experiences working as a management consultant in the private education sector with The Parthenon Group and as a consultant of mobile technology for farmers in East Africa with TechnoServe. Bringing these together with his passion for the cause and his education as a Computer Engineer (IIT Delhi), People for Parity uses technology and facilitated transformative journeys to challenge GBV at an institutional and individual level respectively.

 

PRANTAKATHA

Prantakatha which in Bengali means Narrative of Change from Margin works on developing youth leadership in various spheres of life. Prantakatha has grown steadily in size and depth in terms of intervention and engagement with youth in Bengal. Currently Prantakatha is run by a well performing board and a sound ground team who through their efforts have been able to develop Prantakatha as a trusted youth space in West Bengal. The most exciting part of youth group at Prantakatha is that it includes a cross section of the young population ~ college students, youth from urban slums, from red light areas, queer population, religious minorities etc.

About the Anchor:

Bappaditya Mukherjee is the Founder and current Executive Director of Prantakatha in Bengal. Prantaktha works towards creating dialogue (Katha) between mainstream of life with youth from different marginalised conditions (Pranta/Margin). Youth of Prantakatha are from different extremely marginalized conditions like from Red Light Areas, from villages, from different social and cultural minority groups including queer groups along with mainstream urban middle and upper middle class youth. He is an alumni of State Department of Government of United States of America. He was invited as state guest to USA in 2012 under the State Department’s most prestigious professional international exchange programme named International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP). During her visit to India, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton consulted a group of civil society activists in India and as youth leader Bappaditya was part of that delegation. He is also a Changelooms fellow, the much celebrated youth leadership programme in India. Besides a post graduate in Economics from University of Calcutta and a post graduate diploma holder in Television Journalism, he is also a singer trained in Rabindra sangeet.

 

PRAVAH

Pravah is an organization based in New Delhi, India, working to impact issues of social justice through youth citizenship action. In 1992, a wave of violence and rise in communal thinking forced a group of young professionals in their early twenties, to stop observing passively and take action – something that we had forgotten to do for a long time.

What started as a small campaign led in colonies and colleges to mobilize public opinion against the violence through creative mediums like theatre, later began to flow as Pravah.

Pravah became a registered organization in 1993 and since then, their team has grown to include over 25 professionals with vast experience in diverse fields such as human resource development, theatre, psychology and social sciences. They now partner with more than 40 Indian civil society groups.

About the Anchor: 

Neha Buch is the CEO of Pravah, a leading Delhi-based NGO that works on active citizenship and social enterprise with and among Indian youth, annually working with 10000 young leaders across 15 locations in the country.  As the head of Pravah, Neha works to build alliances with other sectors such as the government, corporations, academic institutions, and community groups.  A real influencer, she lobbies the Government of India on policies affecting the youth, sensitizes the media for enhanced visibility of youth development, and consults on the policies of national and international donor agencies.

 

PRAVAH JAIPUR INITIATIVE

Pravah Jaipur Initiative (PJI) is a Pravah-led incubation located in Jaipur, Rajasthan started in 2007. PJI is a youth-led and youth-centric organization, which offers a non-judgmental /non-threatening space to young people of the city to explore, express and engage on self and social issues. It offers a range of interventions, including Cafe Mohalla (a space for young people to learn about self and issues) , Khulla Manch (it’s a programme offering a journey from self to society with intensive processes such a workshops, meetings, internships), Fly Peace Campaign (it’s an annual campaign led by young people of Jaipur to bring together people from different walks of life to spread the message of peace – the campaign inspires young people to focus on the uniting lines of ‘us’ i.e. on the more inclusive identity) and Youth Jumbish (An annual youth festival organized every year to celebrate the spirit and potential of youth for social change). The social issues focused on include unravelling caste based identities, through programs such as Caste in Stone, as well as immersion into gender based identities.

About the Anchors:

Meenakshi and Amreen both are leading Pravah Jaipur right now.

An extrovert and a loner, this is how Meenakshi Bhanjdeo describes herself.  Even a master’s degree in psychology and 7 years of corporate experience as an HR person also couldn’t stop her from moving away from the assembly line approach of education and livelihood. In her pursuit of happiness she somehow landed in Pravah and has been leading Pravah Jaipur initiative since its inception which works towards creating a Fifth space for young people in Jaipur and a community of young active citizens who can engage in social action.

Amreen has done her masters in psychology. She has also done international diploma in child counselling and practiced it in Jaipur. Amreen as a  professional feels that it’s important to work with youth and adolescence as these are one of the most influential age. At this age, they get exposed to media, people and life realities, so it’s important to create space where they can share their thoughts, opinions and feelings. A space where they can ask questions – who am I? What do they want to do in their life?

 

RUBAROO

Based in Hyderabad, Rubaroo aims to build spaces where school and college going young adults are nudged to explore and link their academic learning with realities around them. Both of these need to go hand in hand to make education (and not just schooling) truly democratic, personal and meaningful for any child or adult, as well as for the parents and teachers.

Such spaces become critical in their growing-up phase, as adolescents are often handed-down values and beliefs from their family, their friends or other spaces they spend their time with.  They believe that change begins by offering a space, where an individual is allowed to challenge and question all that they have known about themselves or have been told about, by people around them. Because only by breaking their own ‘stories’, and challenging them, they unleash leadership within to become conscious decision makers.

About the Anchor: 

Neha Swain has worked extensively with adolescents from diverse backgrounds for the past 4 years. Before setting up Rubaroo she was the Programme Coordinator of the Adolescent Intervention team at Pravah Delhi. She is a certified peer educator of adolescent sexual and reproductive health by Y-PEER and UNFPA. She has done her Masters in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, and is an alumnus of Christ College, Bangalore.

 

SAUHARD

Sauhard is a registered, Ahmedabad based nonprofit organization working with young people on issues of Peace and Harmony. Sauhard believes that there is certainly a need to give young people grounding in values of social justice, pluralism and secularism through democratic dialogue even as they youthfully explore religion, culture and their multiple identities. Given a right platform and opportunities energies of young people can be channelized for constructive activities to promote the spirit of Peace.

About the Anchor:

Gaurang Raval has been working on the issues of Peace promotion and Conflict Transformation initiatives since last 8 years in Ahmedabad. He works exclusively with young people, especially college students by using creative medium such as Films and Theatre. Gaurang Raval is a co-founder of Sauhard, a city based organization works on communal harmony and youth development. He is also a documentary film maker who has produced short film on various social issues.

 

 

After obtaining a post graduate degree in business management, Ravi worked in the corporate sector for eight months. The job did not provide him the satisfaction he sought, so he quit to explore what he really wanted to do with his life.
Ravi actually wanted to work in a village, but stayed on in the city because two poor children needed tuitions from him. While he taught them he realised what he was doing was equally important as what he would have done in rural India. Moreover, he liked teaching children.

Soon he was teaching the children of barbers, electricians, maids, drivers and the number grew to 20 students, thus laying the foundation for Manzil. In 1996, he, along with his mother and a family friend Dr Geeta Chopra, founded Manzil. Ravi's mother Indira had been working with mentally challenged children for 30 years.