The YP Foundation supports and partners with a range of youth activists and youth led organizations. In 2009-2011, we are proud to support the work of the following organizations:

Music Basti

“I find myself confronted constantly with the dilemma of not knowing what is enough, when to stop. I started Music Basti as a collective – to collaborate and create music to make a difference and to change people’s lives. Is it enough? Truthfully, sometimes even I really don’t think so. But it changes people’s lives – and that is what matters, and continues to matter. This piece will never be a cohesive one. Its timeline swings back and forth to reveal an outstanding relationship that is important to me personally and professionally. I still value my commitment to TYPF in the time and capacity I can offer, and work with assisting their projects and teams when possible. TYPF and its Founder have consistently supported my programs, events and mission from the inception of Music Basti. I admire organizations that are carried by individuals with a vision and a perspective for change, and those who are armed with perseverance, because this work is far more often not easy than it is effortless – TYPF is one such organization.”
– Faith Gonsalves, 22 years Founder, Music Basti

Music Basti is a music education and awareness program that works with ‘street children’, to motivate children to enjoy learning and develop skills as well as attitudes. A youth led program, it networks with, motivates and sensitizes the artist and music community on issues relevant the protection and promotion of the rights of children. The aim is to develop a music programme that promotes creativity in children and encourages their right to expression, to equip them to enjoy childhood and learning. The methodology focuses on participatory learning with the themes of togetherness, cooperation, harmony and common good. These are integral to cope with issues in their personal lives and make impacting change to social structures they are immersed in.

Music Basti’s mission in the concrete is to strengthen the voices of children, while raising awareness also on social global causes, such as control and management of natural resources, food sufficiency, gender equity, sustainable environment, health and education. Music Basti project is a part of Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA). Partners include The YP Foundation, Dil Se Campaign – Aman Biradari, Bridge Music Academy, Project Ahimsa, EFICOR, Gibson Foundation, Radio Mirchi 98.3fm, Furtados Music India, and collaborations include American Center, Hard Rock Cafe, The Music Room (New York), University of Birmingham (UK), Study India Programme, Indian Youth Climate Network, CRY, iCONGO, Plan India, and others. To know more visit:

Vikalp: A Youth Forum for Social Change

The Vikalp Team, Participants & Partners 2009

Vikalp was conceptualized by UNESCO and The YP Foundation with support from UNFPA in 2009 as a practical dialogue space where young working activists could come together to reflect on best practices, address challenges, share resources and develop inclusive strategies for promoting youth leadership and movements across India.

The forum brought together 32 young activists from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Delhi who work with youth communities on sexuality and gender, education, disability and HIV/AIDS. As an outcome, TYPF partnered with UNESCO and made available small grants to support youth led programmes. The grants have supported building organizational sustainability, collective youth leadership and the scaling and implementation of local projects in the communities our grantees work in.

Meet our Vikalp Grantees!

The Vikalp Policy Forum with Founder, The YP Foundation (Ishita Chaudhry), Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs (Shri MS Gill), Director, UNESCO India (Mr. A. Parasuraman) and Assistant Representative, UNFPA India (Mr. Venkatesh Srinivasan)

Umesh Kumar Sanodiya in Bhopal

‘Young people are the key in the fight against AIDS. By giving them the support they need we can empower them to protect themselves against the virus.  By giving them honest and straightforward information we can break the circle of silence across all society.  Many young people do not go to school so they need to be reached through community programmes.’
– Umesh Kumar Sanodiya, 28 years, Bhopal

Umesh Kumar Sanodiya is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work from Bhopal University and has been a volunteer at the Family Planning Association India, JIGYASA Youth Centre, Bhopal since 2008. The Regional Technical Center of FPA India runs ‘JIGYASA’ a Multi Purpose Youth Friendly Center that has focused on adolescent reproductive and sexual health issues since its inception in 2003. Umesh’s project focuses on working with young people in slum communities in Bhopal to empower them to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS, with a vision to reduce stigma and discrimination as well.

20 slum areas of Bhopal were selected on the basis of low literacy rates, poverty, high crime rates, high level aggression and violence, social isolation, unemployment, poor child-parental communication, high rates of unprotected sexual activity and lack of awareness and accessibility to health services. Over the course of 4 months volunteers received issue-based training and they conducted peer facilitation workshops on the above-mentioned issues. As a means towards sustainability, Umesh’s project will be integrated with JIGYASA’s Multi Purpose Youth Friendly Centre run by FPA India. All 20 volunteers and peer educators have taken membership in the JIGYASA governing council so as to provide continued support to the communities the project worked in.

Prabal Bhardwaj in Maharashtra

Prabal Bhardwaj is the founder of ‘Media 4 Change’ and Editor-in-Chief of the ‘SLAP’ Newsletter. His project works towards creating social change within the media, and drawing a link between the media, social/citizen sector, the average citizen and young people. Prabal is a graduate in Media and has worked with Hindustan Times as a journalist for over two years in India.

Shoba Narayan in Chennai

Shoba Narayanan is a teacher at Olcott Memorial High School in Chennai. She designed and undertook a Youth Photography Program spanning over three months, which encouraged young students from underprivileged backgrounds to explore their identity, community and rights with a vision to enable young people to bring about change in their communities. The program culminated in a mobile exhibition of student photography portfolios. Olcott Memorial High School provides education to underprivileged children.

Participants at Vikalp 2009, at work!


  1. we are imoressed by the concept of development through music for change. we would like to become partner with your programme in tamilnadu state unde NGO CALLED RURAL COMMUNITY TRUST

  2. The YP Foundation says:

    Hi, do email ankita at and she could take this forward with you!

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