The YP Foundation supports and partners with a range of youth activists and youth led organizations. Over the years, we have been proud to support and partner with the following initiatives:
“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: www.musicbasti.org
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!
‘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 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 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.
The recent history of Afghanistan has diverted the attention of people away from the rich culture of Afghanistan to the view of the country as a rogue state, and not a state that is in the process of re-building itself. Despite the recent positive developments in Afghanistan, people in general tend to ignore such changes and continue to promote and perceive a negative image of the country and its people. Many factors contribute to the promotion and perception of Afghanistan as terrorist state, and its youth as potential terrorists of tomorrow – lack of information regarding the state of development in Afghanistan, practices such as ‘selective depiction’ by the media, and a lack of formal interaction between the youth of India and Afghanistan, to name a few.
Bridge The Gap was an eleven member team conceptualized by The YP Foundation in May 2008, as a cultural dialogue and a confidence building measure between Indian and Afghan students in New Delhi, using cultural means such as films, literature and discussions to engage them with one another. The short term project, which ran from August 2008 to February 2009, was visualized as an important first step towards increasing interaction between young people from both countries. It aimed quite literally, to bridge the gap between the youth of both countries through dialogue, discussions and cultural events, while also reaching out to, and making aware, a much larger audience and community.
The Bridge The Gap Festival included a film festival-Resurrecting Afghanistan, an art and photography exhibition-The Afghan Narratives, a group discussion moderated by the Nelson Mandela Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Milia Islamia University and the launch of TYPF publication, ‘The Bridge: Understanding Afghanistan Today’. It was held at the Amphitheatre, India Habitat Center, New Delhi on the 7th and 8th of February 2009.Understanding Afghanistan Today’. It was held at the Amphitheatre, India Habitat Center, New Delhi on the 7th and 8th of February 2009.
Kaivalya envisions a world where people are able to live in a society that is less soaked in dichotomy, in black and white, in man and woman and to allow the genuine expression and permeation of grayness, of multiple identities and expressions. It was founded with the desire to see transgendered people be given equal respect and opportunity and be enabled to secure for themselves a better life and livelihood. Kaivalya works with young people on opening their minds on issues of gender, sexuality and sexual minorities. It provides young people with a platform to question, share and discuss and called for affirmative action on the part of the individual towards an inclusive community approach, both in their daily life and politics.
Each of TYPF’s five programmes work with a range of unique partners, whose solidarity, support and friendship has helped us grow from strength to strength over the years. Some of our partners are: