The YP Foundation is both a sustainable and replicable idea, faced with the advantages and successes of working with movements whilst being structured as an organization. The organization’s primary model, is based on building processes that build the collective power of an organized constituency of young people, on an agenda of ensuring their access to rights and resources, challenging dominant ideologies and transforming social power relations in their communities. These youth are excluded, marginalized, oppressed or invisible in different ways, primarily for the constituency that they belong to, with further dimensions of the very same oppression and marginalization between them as well.
A Clear Political and Social Vision
The organization has a clear political and social vision, that is shared by building members or constituents each year with 150 – 300 young people working across different roles, in a formalized system of organization. These young people transfer power and working roles each year, transitioning to a younger generation of young people with their movements. There is leadership at multiple levels, with collective and joint action, in pursuit of common goals. The organization is also built on a feminist values, i.e., a gendered agenda and analysis that encourages women’s leadership at all levels and is slowly learning to work with and be a part of the young feminist and women’s movements in India. Whilst women do form the critical mass of membership, the organization still has a long way to go in reaching cross cutting levels of younger women across movements.
TYPF Believes in Partners not Branches
We do not believe that TYPF should be replicable in of itself, i.e., the organization was not started with the agenda of setting up multiple offices across different geographies, but that it should scale to strengthen a collective of youth movements. It should be replicable in identifying partnerships with youth groups working across diverse demographics and work collectively to further the vision of realizing young people’s Human Rights. The strategy must identify strengthening multiple youth organizations, activists and groups at is core.
We believe that the core values that drive this kind of change in our work are:
- Dynamic Learning: Reflecting from action and vice versa, which must exist in a collective space.
- Building new knowledge and knowledge politics amongst young people.
- Focussing on formal and substantive change (and consequently strengthening the organization’s monitoring and evaluation capacities to be able to do this)
- Changing the practise of power, both internally and externally (TYPF works with a shared leadership and model of power within the organization.)
We Self Sustain the Crux of Our Work
The organization, whilst working on a financing model of raising funds from diverse sources, is not dependent entirely on a sheer financial model of donations. Through skilled volunteer input, community partnerships and in kind and material donations, the organization is able to sustain the crux of its social change work. Funding has allowed us to go to scale and make this a feasible livelihood option for the young people working in the organization. However, the essential crux of running programmes on a ‘zero budget’ programming model fuels the crux of programme strategies, maintained to ensure that communities are consistently invested in work that their young people are doing.