We are thrilled to announce exciting positions at TYPF! If you are motivated and committed to working with and for young people, and want be part of a diverse and super team, click on the links below.
As you consider applying, here are 10 things you should know about working with us!
1. Some places are not run-of-the-mill jobs. They are places to learn, challenge yourself, be blown away by people’s abilities to innovate and grow. TYPF is a way of life, in a happy, intense, meet-people-who-will-change-your-life kind of way. Ask anyone who has been here. Here’s what defines us:
2. One Team: We always think ‘we’ instead of ‘me’. Where else do you have colleagues that’ll drop everything in a second to help you with the thing you’re struggling with? We believe in collaborative growth where your own only competition is you and there are enough opportunities to travel, learn, grow and discover to go around for everyone. Where you inherit other people’s ideas and then get supported to enable your own.
3. Complete Ownership: TYPF, regardless of age gives young people the reigns to lead one’s own programme. This organization really does invest in its staff. Where else will you find non profit organizations where 19 year olds lead programmes and are trusted to do so?
4. Transparency: There’s nothing to hide at The YP Foundation. If you want to know something, just ask.
5. Radical Growth and Learning: Such places are not always easy places to work in, in that they ask a lot of you. Your ideas, your knowledge, your willingness to un-learn, your time and your abilities to work with other people. Its a commitment that runs both ways, yours and ours.
6. The Journey, Not the Destination: TYPF is not a place where you park your bags and camp, but a place you stretch yourself to try and crystalize the wildest of social change ideas into on-the-ground realities. At some point in your journey, we recognize that for some people it’s time to leave and hand over and we will encourage you to go on to the next fabulous part of your career. For others, TYPF takes care of the people it keeps on. Our staff have been with us from anywhere between the past 3-12 years.
7. A Place for Institutional Misfits: A place where people are fun to work with, feminist, passionate, where your voice has value and you are respected. Where you are judged on your hard work, sense of humour and commitment to get things done. We believe in thinking outside the box and are always willing to try out new ideas.
8. The Un-Patriarchal Family: TYPF is notoriously known for meeting amazing people who become like-family. We believe in plurality, diversity and respect diverse forms of identity and leadership. We don’t discriminate on the basis of your disability, HIV status, gender, caste, religion or sexual orientation. You are encouraged to challenge the status quo.
9. Being Resourceful: TYPF is a place where just when you think you’re getting complacent, something organic and unexpected is likely to take you down a whole new rabbit hole. Other then an unlimited supply of tea, coffee and internet, we believe in finding sustainable, cost effective ways of getting work done.
10. Self Care and the Individual: It isn’t just about the work, or being an expert at it. People at TYPF are the most precious resource we have and no one here goes ignored or unnoticed. TYPF has a generous leave policy and we encourage people to take time to take care of themselves.
The Cities for Children Report is an in depth analysis of the conditions of safety in the Sunder Nagar Nursery (SNN) an urban slum community in New Delhi. The report has been co-created by the youth leaders of the community who are part of the Blending Spectrum programme in collaboration with Safetipin a mobile app that collects safety data for the purpose of advocacy globally. It is an insight into the safety lacunae that exist in SNN and urban slums around the world. It is an effort to bring the missing lens of children and youth to urban safety in the context of the larger debates on urbanisation and the rights to children to the cities of the world.
The report contains large scale data analysis of safety audits, recommendations of change, and the communities interaction with government stakeholders like the Delhi Police, The Municipal Corporation and Delhi Government’s elected representative through Open Safety Audit Mapping exercise. It connects these to daily concerns of young people and children, especially girls about safety in the limited access they are able to gain to public spaces.
Recently, The YP Foundation conducted 12 consultations for the National AIDS Control Organization in India, in partnership with Plan India, consulting young people for recommendations to best address HIV prevention education. We did this with 280 young girls and boys from 5 states and in one community center, I got asked a question by 21 year old young man in a group discussion that really struck me. “Is sex an illness? Do we get sick from it? What’s the difference between HIV and sex?” Recently, a 19 year old boy who is a peer educator with us asked another question, he said –
‘How do you identify the difference between consent and violence if you don’t know what sexuality is? If I don’t know how to recognize what is acceptable and normal within me, if I can’t accept and celebrate the differences in myself, how do I know how to reach out for help, when I do need it and whom to go to?’
The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) reviews its strategic objectives and operational plan once every five years, with a high emphasis on young people and adolescents as a key vulnerable population. Currently at the close of its National Aids Control Programme III (NACP III), that is scheduled to reach its targets and objectives around mid-2012, NACO has renewed a multi stakeholder platform for civil society, working groups and technical experts to provide key recommendations for NACP IV. The programme will build on the successes of NACP III, focusing on increased coverage and prevention services for high-risk groups and vulnerable populations. As part of this process, ensuring participatory and inclusive decision making, TYPF worked to engage young people and adolescents to provide key recommendations for NACP IV.
I continue to think of The YP Foundation as an organization in the present tense, and not really a figment of the past. I think it holds relevance to me personally, and certainly to my work today. I can say the same for many others whom I have known, worked with and interacted with over the course of my association with the organization.
I remember my first meeting at Tarini Barat’s house over 4 years ago, with team facilitator Harsh Malhotra, both of whom now alumni of the organization, and also dear friends today. To me this is the true relevance of TYPF – it creates lasting relationships and relevant situations for young people to converge and converse, and to create conventional, and sometimes exceptionally unconventional change.
I never believe in pivotal turning points in time, an “aha” moment – they is illusory. One of the key values I learnt during my time working with TYPF as a team member and staff member was perseverance. I worked in the Facilitative Branch (project on the Indian Education System), and as the Administrative Coordinator (2007-2008) with a host of projects. Subsequently to leaving the staff team, in 2008 I worked on another project of which I am very proud – a cultural exchange project with Afghan students in Delhi through film, art, literature and dialogue. TYPF gave me 100% freedom and creativity to source, compile and edit and design a 180-page magazine featuring work on the issue of “Understanding Afghanistan Today”. I can’t think of any other organization that would do that!