Our partner the YP Foundation (TYPF) in New Delhi is a youth led non-profit organization working to build the movement for social change in India. Founded in 2002, TYPF helps build the leadership skills of young people by providing mentorship, financial and infrastructural support.
We were first introduced to TYPF through Ishita Chaudhry, who founded the organization when she was 17. She’s quite the dynamo, and we’ve been thrilled to have her participate in our Advocacy in Practice training, first as a participant and then as a trainer. Ishita has advocated for youth health and rights at many international fora, including delivering remarks for a United States Congressional Briefing on global youth on March 3, 2009 (download the whole speech, or read it in four parts here on Akimbo).
Since its inception, TYPF has worked with more than 5000 young people to develop projects that address a myriad of issues including health and the environment. Here are a few program highlights from Ishita:
‘Project 19: Know Your Body, Know Your Rights’ is our peer education programme that addresses young people’s access to information and services regarding their sexuality, gender, health and rights. The project reaches out to 600 young people each year, working additionally with national partners from over 10 states across India to address the need for sexuality education in India.
The Butterfly Project is our film and literature programme that addresses human rights issues with young people through film with a National Festival as well as trains communities on effectively utilizing digital storytelling. The Bridge, our youth led and produced independent magazine, addressed ‘Understanding Afghanistan Today’, bringing Afghan and Indian voices together.
The Right to Information Branch, our governance programme, has successfully trained over 200 young people on how to use the Indian [Right to Information (RTI)] Act and assisted over 4000 people register for the 2009 Elections in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi. The programme works in Hindi and English, and also conducts policy dialogues between young people, organizations working within the RTI movement and the government with inputs from [other stakeholders].
Read their blog for more about what they’ve accomplished in the last eight years.