typf-2The YP Foundation (TYPF) is a youth run and led organization that supports and enables young people to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts & governance. The organization promotes, protects and advances young people’s human rights by building leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements. Founded in 2002, TYPF has worked directly with 5,000 young people to set up over 200 projects in India over the last 8 years, reaching out to 300,000 adolescents and young people between 3-28 years of age.

Strategic Focus

We empower young people to access information and services so that that they can build collective platforms that develop and strengthen their leadership potential and identity.  We empower young people by supporting their work through three key focus areas, namely:

* Awareness and Advocacy: Young people people address issues of gender, sexuality, health, rights, mental health and peer pressure, education, life skills, democracy, governance, citizenship and accountability (with focus on the implementation of the Right to Information Act in India)

* Community Based Partnerships: TYPF works primarily in the National Capital Region (NCR) with youth led and focussed groups with partnerships at national, regional and international levels. We have collaborated with young activists from 13 states across India, including Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kashmir, Nagaland, Gujarat and Bihar. TYPF has supported 250 slum and street children across two locations in the NCR and partners with Today’s Youth Asia in Kathmandu, Nepal.

* Communication & Skills Development: TYPF trains young people to develop their communication and technical skills to address Human Rights issues, working with film and literature. The organization also builds and support platforms that promote artist rights and independent music.

Through our 3 focus areas, TYPF engages young people to develop projects through 6 programmatic divisions that work with:

  • Empowering Street Children (Health & Hygiene Awareness, Life Skills & Education)
  • Mental Health and Life Skills for Adolescents
  • Gender, Sexuality, Health, Rights and HIV
  • Governance, Citizenship and The Right to Information Act
  • Promoting, Protecting and Sustaining Independent Music
  • Human Rights through Film & Literature

TYPF has been recognized at multiple national, regional and international forums. We are the recipient of The SMILE Fellowship by the NGO Pravah (2006), The Student Citizen Karamveer Puruskaar – the National Award for Social Justice and Action (2007), The Seen and Heard International Award – British Telecom and the UK Youth Parliament (2008), Pepsi MTV Youth Icon of India Nominee 2008 and The Change Looms Award for Social Entreprenuership (2008) from The Ashoka Foundation. Our founder is also the first Indian to receive the Young Achievers Award (2009) from the President of Nepal.

TYPF believes in the synergies of working together and our work has received support and recognition from young people, youth organizations, donors, governments, companies, organizations and community stakeholders alike. We are currently supported by the Global Fund for Children, Washington DC and the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Our programme partners have included UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNODC, The Ford Foundation, International Women’s Health Coalition, The Government of Nagaland, The MacArthur Foundation, The American Embassy – New Delhi, British Council, The Ashoka Foundation, IPPF, The Packard Foundation, The Kri Foundation, Pravah, CHRI, TARSHI, CREA, Students for the Promotion of International Law and the Indian Youth Climate Network amongst others.

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