Looking Back
Mar 2010 30

I joined The YP Foundation two years ago, in my second year of college. A couple of my friends attended the induction and I was pretty much coerced into attending the next one. I was even given strict instructions to “Pick VOICES, The School Project as your first option. Don’t pick anything else and don’t mess up”.


I’m glad I listened. I’ve always loved psychology and whilst I was studying philosophy in college, VOICES kept me connected to various things psychological. We dealt with what we call the ‘whys’ of the issues we work with – ‘Why do people bully? Why do people take drugs? Why do people feel so insecure about the way they look?’

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Inductions Begin!
Jul 2010 10


THE YP FOUNDATION (TYPF) BEGINS ITS INDUCTIONS THIS MONTH for young people who would like to volunteer and work with us in 2010.


When: You can join us on either one of the 3 days:
July 31, 2010; August 7, 2010 & August 14, 2010

4.30p – 6.30p

American Center, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi.

The YP Foundation is a youth run and led organization that supports and enables young people to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts & governance.

The organization promotes, protects and advances young people’s human rights by building leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements. Founded in 2002, we have worked over the last 8 years directly with 5,000 young people to set up over 200 projects in India, reaching out to 300,000 young people.

For more information:

Please call 011.46792244 or email at yp.volunteer.mangagement@gmail.com or log onto our website www.theypfoundation.org

If you feel strongly about addressing issues of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts & governance, WHY WAIT?

Join The YP Foundation. Voice your opinions. Work and make a difference.

* If you’re interested, please RSVP and email us to confirm your attendance.

* Please carry any valid photo identification to the venue (sorry, security regulations!)

Jul 2010 20

I’ve just come back from an evening of having met up with 10 YP Alumni, who worked with us anywhere between 3-5 years ago. We caught up over the little details, the happy memories, the recurring arguments, absorbed how we had grown, changed, made a difference in our own ways, each of us having found (or in the process of trying to find) our place in the world. For me, this moment is more than about affirmation. It is recognition of the work that these young people have built in The YP Foundation since its founding in 2002 and the transitions they have overseen. It is almost with a huge sense of pride that I watch many of them work in development spaces today – some are lawyers, others are studying and a few are transitioning from non-profit work to working with the government at a state level.

Earlier this evening, one of the groups struck up a conversation about how the YP has given us the space to make realizations that we often take for granted today about the lack of power, rights and privilege faced by young people and what we can each do, in order to change that. Many of them notice the changes it has made in their approach to their work, their sensibilities, their decisions, and experienced shock when they graduated and actually saw how excluded young people are from development and policy spaces in India. They realized how much needs to be done to ensure that all young people’s human rights can be recognized. We rested on the agreement that there are far too many gaps between young people who work at the field level, with communities and at larger international policy tables, or those who live in the glasshouse comfort of their homes.

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And we just turned 8!
Jul 2010 27

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

We turn 8 years old today!

Over the past 8 years, we have been privileged to have the investment and guidance of some of the most incredible mentors, volunteers, alumni, staff members and partner organizations.

On behalf of the organizational staff, members and Board of Directors, I take this opportunity to express our sincerest appreciation for your encouragement and contribution to the various programs of March 2009- 2010. We are deeply grateful for your support and generosity.

TYPF was founded as The Youth Parliament on July 26, 2002 as a response by young people in schools to the Godhra Riots addressing the growing indifference and apathy amongst youth in urban Delhi. The question we asked ourselves when we began TYPF was – What can we each do to challenge and change this?

Our core focus is on creating programmes and influencing policy in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts and governance.

Our mission is to promote, protect and advance young people’s human rights by building leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements.

Read a detailed account of the YP Foundation’s progress this year

The YP Foundation Fundraiser – Washington DC
Feb 2011 02

Join us for a cocktail reception to meet Ishita Chaudhry and learn more about The YP Foundation’s work and sustaining youth led movements

February 10, 2011
6:30 – 8:00pm
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 825
Washington, DC 20006

Suggested Minimum Donation: $25.00

With a core focus on supporting and enabling young people to create programs and influence policy in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts, and governance, The YP Foundation’s mission is to promote, protect and advance young people’s human rights in India by building leadership and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements. Founded in 2002 by Ishita Chaudhry at the age of 17, The YP Foundation has worked directly with 5,000 young people over the last 8 years, training them as peer educators for more than 200 projects in India.

The YP Foundation believes in empowering young people’s access to information, services and rights such that they can build collective platforms to challenge and develop their leadership potential and impact positive social change. They empower young people by supporting their work through three key focus areas of awareness and advocacy, community partnerships and programs and communications and skills development.

Please join us to learn more from Ishita Chaudhry about how her organization has reached 300,000 children, adolescents and young people between the ages of 3-28 years and what more can be done to support the largest ever generation of young people.


Please click here to RSVP for the event and include your first and last name for security purposes.

To donate to the YP Foundation, please click here. ***Be sure to indicate that your gift is in honor of “TYPF-Project 19” in the name field.

Suggested minimum donation is $25.00 to attend the event. Gifts of any size are welcomed and tax-deductible. If you can’t attend, please still consider making an online donation to this important work. Please make checks payable to IWHC and write “TYPF-19” in the memo section of check.

For more information, please contact the event hosts, Melinda Fox and Jennifer Redner at 202-669-7764.