Feb 2013 15

We recently held our quarterly Organizational Development Committee (ODC) Phase Evaluation, and thought we would share some of the feedback, that got us thinking.  These are the voices of young people who train with us as peer educators and work in the field.We’re grateful, and a little awestruck…

“The fact that every year, TYPF is able to draw such a large fraction of youth to work for causes they feel strongly about and for many, to char out their belief in a particular cause, is proof of the fact that the youth movement is consistently building and is attaching to itself a lot of value. The youth is developing meaningful insights and that’s a large part of the battle won.”

Aditi Malhotra (2011-2012), Silhouette

“I had the apprehension that so many young people would necessarily mean lots of chaos and waste of time. But I saw a lot of time being spent on honing our skills, building upon our strengths and helping us shed our inhibitions and barriers. TYPF did successfully create a space where we learnt to agree, disagree and respect the thoughts of our peers including the children we worked with. This did not at any point mean that we conformed to an idea and passively got moulded into that. There was space to debate, say that ‘No, YP is wrong in that, why can’t we do that or what’s so special in what we do?

I don’t hesitate to go ahead and do that small thing in public. If I want to go ask a passenger who looks sick if he needs something, I will not think of what others may think, or if the person is so strange. I do not think of flimsy barriers of flimsier social ideas that bind us and make us feel helpless when we can do so much.

I don’t judge. No, have to know a person better, give them credit for their work, their ideas, and their courage. I shall never forget the girls at Kilkari. I often see girls who resemble them. I’d like to go back and meet them even after exiting. I can surely facilitate now. I can raise my voice when needed, I feel more powerful. The idea that I can change things, affect things has become a lot more real.”

Munmun Chowdhury (2011-2012), The Butterfly Project

“I was exposed to a different world altogether. I think, post that I feel things are a bit more doable. If I feel that something is not being done right, I am able to pick these things up and do them myself. I think this is possible because TYPF gave me that space, where what I said mattered.”

Rizu (2011-2012), Know Your Body, Know Your Rights

“TYPF has urged me to question normative notions and has been a process of self-development, something which still continues even after my leaving the organisation. I see this manifest in the way I approach new ideas and realize that the true potential of a society where freedom exists is when there is freedom to make informed choices.”

Aditi Annapurna (2011-2012), Know Your Body, Know Your Rights

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