Twitter chat on population management hosted by Dainik Jagran (Janhit Jagran)

Dainik Jagran which started in 1942, has a readership of 5.59 cr and is the second-largest newspaper in India by circulation and the largest read newspaper’s for 21 years in a row. With 37 editions in 11 states, it has been voted as ‘Most credible news source” by BBC-Reuters survey. Dainik Jagran’s initiative Janhit Jagran hosted a Twitter chat on human resource management a subset of their population management domain.

Janhit  Jagran approached Mahesh Ranade to share the views about human resource management for the twitter chat session. After that a date was scheduled for the event based on availability and the event details as well as the creative’s were posted on their twitter handle as well as Dainik Jagrans’ newspaper platforms like social media as well as print media  promoting the event. The event was also promoted on Yuva Parivartan social channels as well as the website.

The stage was set between 2 experts Mr. Mahesh Ranade, (CEO, Yuva Parivartan) and Kamal Seth (Founder, Human Circle).

The 140 characters responses offered Mr. Ranade the opportunity to give short, clear answers as to population as well as human resource can be managed better by providing life-skills in schools as well as underprivileged dropouts.

As soon as the chat session was started tweet with various questions started flooding in on Janhit Jagran twitter page, and a drastic question was asked by Swapnil, “Would the world benefit from a global epidemic?” Mahesh Ranade, replied saying that it would be a prohibitively costly affair and will disable the population.

There were queries in Hindi too, considering most of the readers of Dainik Jagran are Hindi speaking and the reply was provided in Hindi too.

Another user Jai Pandit had a really interesting query saying” Illiteracy, poverty and over population goes hand-in-hand. How can we tackle this?” To which Mahesh Ranade quickly replied, “Through awareness from school level and livelihood-oriented education”, which is very much Yuva Parrivartan is all about providing livelihood skills to school dropouts and under-privileged.

Then there were queries related to blame game and Mahesh Ranade rightly mentioned that we the people (society) are equally responsible as well as the government for the current issues we are facing.

Overall it was fruitful 75 minutes session, where right questions were asked and satisfactory answers provided which were re-tweeted by many of the Janhit Jagrans’ followers. It also showed that people are aware of the population issue the country is facing and actively looking for the solutions.  Moreover people agreed that skilling and sex education should be provided and schools and more should be done to reach out the rural masses.

Yuva Parivartan with its mobilization camps and community meetings is doing its bit to reach out the people in rural areas and providing vocational skills so that they can earn a living for them and their family.

The event was also covered in Dainik Jagran Delhi/NCR publication.

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Parivartan of Nazima from a survivor to a provider

Hell broke loose when Nazima’s husband left her and their three daughters for worse. Hence Nazima had to undertake desperate measures to survive. She worked extremely hard to make ends meet.

Mrs Nazima

She worked as a house maid by day and an agarbatti maker by night, making barely RS 2000 a month. But her life took a better turn one day when she came to know about Yuva Parivartan through door to door flyers. She took a decision to join the tailoring course at YP. According to her that was the best decision of her life. As soon as her course got done Yuva Parivartan placed her in Star Garments where she earns RS 6000/month. She is extremely content now as she can afford her daughters’ education and give them the life they deserve.

Yuva Parivartan and ABC Consultants come together to impact many lives

Yuva Parivartan and ABC Consultants have been partners for 1 year now. ABC Consultants sponsors the training of underprivileged youth in various parts of India. Their partnership with ABC consultants has strengthen over the year with regular participation from the ABC management and employees.

ABC Alipore

Taking this alliance to the next level, Yuva Parivartan was provided the opportunity to showcase the products, made by youth from tribal Rajasthan, at the ABC Annual Meeting held at the Fairmount Hotel in Jaipur.

Citing this opportunity, the Yuva Parivartan Rajasthan team worked tirelessly to organise the event and arrange the product stalls. The YP West Bengal team was also invited to exhibit the products made by the students at Alipore Correctional home, a women’s prison in West Bengal.

The exhibition proved to be a success as most of the exhibited products were bought by the ABC employees, raising more than Rs. 13,000.  IMG_1993

This has encouraged the Rajasthani and the Bengali women to produce more products. The Yuva Parivartan is also motivated and excited by this opportunity and will be organizing a similar exhibition at the next ABC Annual Meeting scheduled in June.

Perseverance pays off and how!

They say – “The true purpose of education is to make minds and not only careers” and Yuva Parivartan (YP) stands by this adage. We at YP believe in providing holistic knowledge to our students in order to make them better individuals in society. We are proud that we have transformed lives of many such individuals and one such example is Mrs. Sunita Singh.

Sunita Singh

Sunita is a homemaker survived by her husband and two kids. Her husband, a labourer was the sole earning member of her family before she joined YP. Sunita always had the urge to stand on her own feet but wasn’t confident as she hadn’t completed her education. She stumbled upon YP’s banner at a local market in Khopoli and got in touch with the local Yuva Parivartan Centre. With proper guidance under facilitator Mrs Padma Joshi, she learnt the basic tailoring course. Soon after completing this course, Sunita decided to test her skills. According to Mrs. Padma, Sunita had been extremely dedicated towards the course and had the right aptitude to start on her own. She started getting orders to stitch clothes at home soon enough. She now earns around 5000 per month. Not only is her husband very happy but also extremely proud of her. Sunita loves her job so much that now wishes to advance it by joining the Fashion Designing course at YP. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

A proud wife, mother and an entrepreneur!

“Now my husband doesn’t need to borrow money from others!” exclaimed Vandana, once a homemaker. Her husband often fell short of cash to provide for her as well as their two sons. In order to pay their school fees he would need to borrow money from friends and relatives. Vandana accepted this arrangement reluctantly as she knew her kids deserved an education.

In November 2013, her life took a better turn when Yuva Parivartan’s social workers visited her village – Hiwarkhed. She was extremely impressed by the courses offered at Yuva Parivartan and enrolled herself in the beautician’s course. Since, Vandana had to take care of her sons; she decided to work from home after completing her course in February 2014.

Vandana Wakode Akot LDC

Soon, her neighbors and other friends started admiring her skills and started receiving a lot of wedding make up orders. It is been more than a year since she started and she now earns about Rs. 5000/- month. She says – “I can’t complain now. Life is beautiful and perfect! My husband respects me as we both have become the bread winners of the house, my kids love me as I am not only giving them the basic necessities but also am able to fulfill their desires!”

Her 10 year old son loves to help her around the chores while she is tending to her in-house parlor. Her younger son wants to become an Engineer while the older one, a doctor. Vandana is an extremely determined woman and will make sure she won’t leave any stone unturned to fulfill her sons’ aspirations!

An account of Krishna Koshti’s tryst with Yuva Parivartan

A lack of accomplishment in a child’s life can be disheartening for any dad. Krishna was merely a 10th pass and earned a paltry wage working at a local garment factory. His father wished that he helped support the family but Krishna was not qualified enough.

Krishna Koshti

During one of the mobilization programmes by Yuvaparivartan, Krishna came to know about the courses offered at –Yuva Parivartan’s Ahmedabad center. He joined the Tally course in Feb 2014, completed it in June 2014 and immediately got a job at Parle Elizabeth Tools Pvt. Ltd.(Ahmedabad). His employers felt that, he was a quick learner and could capture the company’s work quicker than others. In a span of 3 months, his income increased from 2000 to 7000. He is so inspired by Yuva Parivartan that he has decided to go back and pursue his studies. Next year, he would be appearing for his 12th board exams, followed by commerce.

Krishna’s father, a humbled man is extremely proud of his son. He encourages others in the community to enroll for a Yuva Parivartan course.

When asked about how he feels about this, he says- “It’s life changing”

Plan India’s report on Yuva Parivartan’s association with their Umeed Project.

Approach:

Umeed, under the thematic area, has focused on increasing individual household security through building the vocational capacities of youth and women in the community.

Providing Marketable Skills Based Trainings: Securing their Present and Future

Umeed started providing marketable skill based vocational trainings for the community youth with the aim of ‘giving them a second chance’ at leading a constructive and productive life. High school dropout rates among children and inadequate vocational training among youth had led to decreased career and employment options. Thus, several batches of 2 to 4 month long courses such as Basic Computers, Tailoring, Fashion Designing, Beauty Care, Nursing Assistant, Motor Mechanic, Mobile Repairing, Tally, etc. were started for the community youth for a nominal fee of Rupees 100 per course. Supplementary inputs like free English classes were also provided for all trainees. Entrepreneurship development training, life skills education, and psycho-social & vocational counseling form an essential part of all training programs. Exposure visits to factories, offices, and industries were conducted to encourage the trainees to learn through observation and exploration.

Gearing them up for the future…

Sessions on Life Skills Education (LSE) titled ‘Soch ka Parivartan’ take place across training batches on Saturdays. Topics such as Attitude, Work Ethics, Self Presentation and Confidence, Conflict Management, Work Readiness, Career Planning, Motivation, etc. are covered in these sessions so as to prepare and groom the youth for a career environment. A full time Counselor has been appointed to train the trainers on conducting LSE sessions as well as providing individual and group counseling sessions for youth and their families. Counseling sessions prior to enrolment ensure that students take up only those courses for which they have an inclination. A recreation room has also been made available for students to unwind giving them options such as sports and reading.

A Livelihood Exchange Program was introduced focusing on assisting skilled youth get a job and encouraging unskilled youth to enroll for market oriented vocational courses. Youth referred to the livelihood exchange cell post completion of training go through mock interviews and subsequently linked to companies offering relevant vacancies. The team guides youth through the entire process – from editing resumes to helping them prepare for interviews. The livelihood exchange cell also conducts general and need based industrial surveys which in turn feed into structuring of all vocational programs.

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Giving them roots and wings…

21 year old Radhika has spent all of her childhood in a boarding school before she returned to the community while in standard XI on the insistence of her brother and sister-in-law. She would travel to the boarding school everyday but was not keeping well and soon dropped out. Once recuperated, she wanted to study further but her family did not support her. Orphaned at age 8, the spirited young girl wanted to do something with her life. ‘Then Umeed happened.’ She learnt of the nursing course through flyers distributed in the community and enrolled for the course against all odds. After completing the course, Radhika was placed as an intern by Umeed in one of the city hospitals where she later got absorbed into a full time residential job. Today, Radhika earns Rupees 6000 a month and has been able to enroll her younger sister in a boarding school. Her family continues to remain unsupportive. However, she has dreams of a better future – for her and her sister. She is saving up to take a room on rent where she can stay with her sister. ‘I could get quality training here for such a low fee. Umeed has supported me through the toughest phase of my life. For me, it was like a light at the end of a dark tunnel for it is because of Umeed that today I can stand up on my own feet.’

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While youth, mostly male, were accessing vocational trainings at the Umeed centres, low levels of women’s mobility and involvement in paid employment resulted in a lack of participation in vocational training by women and young girls in the community. Short term community based trainings such as Masala[1] Making, Aroma Therapy, Juice Making, Phenyl Making, Henna Application, etc. had initially been introduced to create community leadership and mobilize women to step out of their houses and enroll for skills based trainings. However, low turnout of women at the Umeed vocational programs resulted in introduction of full fledged community based training centres so that women and girls could gain access to vocational courses such as Fashion Designing, Tailoring, and Beauty Care.

Entrepreneur of Hope…

30 years old and mother of 5 children, this young entrepreneur has been living in the project area for the past 15 years. She heard from the Umeed staff about a 10 day Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) workshop which was going to be organized in the community for women. She had the thirst to learn something new and immediately enrolled herself. Four days into the workshop, the young entrepreneur was struck with a business idea. ‘I am from South India and am very good at preparing idlis and dosas. I thought, now that I am learning how to manage a business, why not start a business in something I am good .So I started the business immediately. I even prepared a sample meal for my trainers and other women participants. My idlis were a hit!’ The young entrepreneur now runs a breakfast business in her community which is picking up well. ‘I am glad that I decided to attend the EDP. My life has taken a new turn’, beams the entrepreneur of hope.

Giving back…

20 year old Amir had failed his standard X board exams and would loiter about the community when he learnt about Umeed’s vocational courses through flyers distributed in the community and joined the three month long mobile repairing course. Through interaction with Umeed, Amir learnt about the open school system and has recently appeared for his standard XII board exams. After finishing his course, he decided to take on the basic computer course at Umeed as he felt it would better his job prospects. While undertaking the two courses, little did Amir know that one day he would be teaching his community youth similar courses. Today, Amir is a mobile repairing trainer at one of KSWA’s training centres. ‘Umeed has changed my life. It made me realize that I too can do something with my life; it gave me a second chance and the opportunity to dream.’ ‘The first time I took a class, I was very nervous. Today I can easily conduct a course for around 12 – 15 boys and currently I am training my second batch.’ Amir has gained a lot of experience to be able to start his own mobile repairing business. However, he chooses to work as a trainer at KSWA as he wants to motivate other boys from the community by helping them see how a youth from the community can learn and progress in life.

The change…

  • A total of 703 youth and women have received skills based vocational training through Umeed’s training centres
  • 184 of the total youth and women trainees have either procured a job or have started small scale business ventures.
  • A number of women have taken up self employment opportunities working out of their homes
  • Attitudinal change in parents has led to more and more youth; especially girls, enroll for vocational courses
  • Umeed’s interventions have helped women and youth build confidence, in turn impacting their self esteems and self concepts.