Founded in 2006, Blending Spectrum is a community-based programme that engages and trains young people as volunteers and peer educators to work with children and adolescents between ages 5-17 from low resource neighborhoods. The programme builds rights-based, youth-led and enabling environments to develop children’s leadership and life skills to challenge gender inequality, reduce levels of violence and discrimination and develop practices that promote personal hygiene.
Blending Spectrum has been working in Sunder Nagar Nursery (SNN), an unauthorized colony situated inside the Nizamuddin Basti, Delhi. Through Blending Spectrum, we try to do two things:
- Build enabling environments for children to develop life skills to challenge gender inequality, reduce levels of violence & discrimination, develop practices that promote personal hygiene in their communities through innovative lesson plans using mediums like discussion, theatre, art dance & film.
- Working to promote access to vocational skill building and training opportunities for young people
The programme has successfully maintained a minimum of three- fourths (out of every four children, three are girls) participation of girls in all interventions since its inception.
- Samvidhan Live- The Jagrik Project: In October 2016, TYPF had the opportunity to partner with 'Com-Mutiny- The Youth Collective' to introduce and implement the Jagrik Project, which aims to build young people’s awareness of their fundamental rights and duties as citizens of India. The project engaged young people between the ages of 12 and 25 over 8 weeks to undertake a series of community and self-reflective tasks associated with different fundamental rights and duties. Read more here.
- The Safety Audit: led by youth leaders in 3 urban slum communities of Delhi, it identified the existing lacunae in the services and physical infrastructure using a smartphone app. The initiative has also helped facilitate dialogue between the community members and the government representatives.
- In 2015-16, the programme trained 12 peer educators who further conducted 40 training sessions on Life Skills. A total of 150 children and adolescents between 5-17 years (98 girls and 52 boys) were sensitized on the issues of gender-based discrimination, violence and health and hygiene. Many of them will now work as peer educators for a new cohort of children ages 5-7 in the next programme cycle.
- The total percentage of out-of-school children has reduced from 95% (2008) to 18.5% (2012).