Our Mission is to promote, protect and advance young people’s human rights by building leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements.
Our Goal is to support and enable young people to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts & governance.
The organization works with young people through following primary strategies:
- Strengthening youth movements in India by working with youth activists, youth led and youth focused organizations to strengthen their technical and organizational development capacities.
- Technical training and skills development with young people, enabling them with the tools and skills to advocate for, understand and highlight human rights issues in their communities.
- Knowledge Sharing and Peer Education to increase access to information and services, empowering young people to make informed decisions so they are best placed to negotiate vulnerabilities that impact them, increasing self-determination and the overall health and well-being of young people.
- Building young people’s capacities to advocate, lobby and influence policies, decision makers and government agencies; additionally facilitate inter-generational dialogue with the Right to Information Act, feminist and women’s movements at local, national, regional and international levels that impact young people’s health and human rights, with specific focus on their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.
Work within the organization therefore is based on the idea that capacity building is critical for young people during their formative stages of attitudes, knowledge, behaviour and values.
The experience highlights the personal journey a young person goes through, in how they step out of their comfort zones and step into larger debates that contextualize social change, understanding class, power and privilege. The aim is to enable young people to internalize and engage in social justice, equity and social change processes, such that they can carry forward these linkages and relationships in their personal lives and not limit them to a one time experience of working at TYPF.
The change created has to be structural, both at larger policy and community levels but must resonate from personal opinions, belief systems and choices made by young people in their lives.
Each young person brings to the organization a skill that is matched to a niche area of expertise within the organization. This has always ensured a high turnover of new skills within TYPF annually. Managed and consolidated with a fair degree of effectiveness, our capacities to understand and work through complex decision-making processes, the strength of our critical analysis and introspection, programme design and monitoring and evaluation systems have improved.
It has been important to define and describe to each new generation within the organization, process based elements and a shared understanding of values that are critical to achieving the kind of self sustaining change we would like to see occur through our work.
At the end of each year, there is a template for ‘Handing Over’ that each team/ portfolio/ young person goes through, where the tools as well as the skills they have gained and learned are passed on to a new generation of young people.
Over the years, this has become a fairly systematic process of growing; it provides us with the continuous opportunity of reinvention, to keep what are good practises and to challenge our weaknesses. It also builds a rapport between changing generations of young people, who once they graduate from working with the organization support the teams of young people taking their work forward, as alumni. What should have been a point of weakness for the institution has eventually become one of our greater strengths. This is solidified further, by having a consistent set of partners and mentors who are willing to extend themselves each year, to work with a new group of young people.
We aim to strengthen young people’s engagement with policy-making at local, national, regional and international levels. Strengthening young people’s advocacy and information at the community level ensures stronger impact and a more meaningful voice when interacting with the government at state and national platforms, on the importance of recognizing young people’s rights and having them as equal stakeholders in planning and executing policies and programmes that consider their sexual reproductive health and rights.
In such instances, when the change required is actually understood and supported by the community at large it can therefore, be sustained. Keeping with this theory of change, TYPF runs the following six programmes to engage young people at both community and policy levels. You can read more about our programme model and the states we work in here.