UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP
Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme of Udayan Care is a unique academic excellence and personality development programme for deserving and talented girls from weak socio-economic background aiming to turn them into empowered and dignified women or Shalinis. It is unique because it goes beyond being a usual scholarship programme by not only supporting higher education but also providing regular mentoring and leadership development and inculcating a sense of social responsibility to them.
Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme was also able to introduce ‘Employability and Placement section’ for our shalinis to help them get placements in various fields. In this regards USF was also lucky enough to get the support of 2 full-time GSIF (Genpact Social Impact Fellowship) fellows from Genpact, who helped us in developing employability and mentorship module for our shalinis thus helping us in streamlining the process.
In 2018-19, USF has moved to 4 new cities – Pune & Thane (Maharashtra), Vadodara (Gujarat), Bengaluru (Karnataka)taking the count of chapters to 20. We are now in the process of inducting around 1100 new girls in 13 states and 20 cities.
Employability Workshop: Assertiveness by Garima
The training provided a platform for detailed understanding of ‘Assertiveness’ and its application to self, based on one’s situations which found resonance in each individual relevant to own.
The session was conducted in a very interesting, informal and interactive manner. This training gave ample scope to Shalinis to interact with each other and face a wide variety of issues and situations that they are likely to come across in daily life.
Assertiveness which was demonstrated with ‘role plays’. Through the ‘role play,’ it was explained that there is the fine line between assertiveness and aggression, and one must not get confused. They should build the capacity to understand the situation at hand with the utmost care, get clarity in their thoughts and communicate the same with confidence and right vocal quality.
Stress was laid to explain that assertiveness is based on balance and assertive behavior leads to a ‘win-win’ situation. Shalinis came up with various situations in their day to day life and discussed events/incidents where they could be assertive.
Feedback and Learning:
“From the employability workshop, I learned about Being assertive. Always trying to find out a mid-way to fulfill the needs of each person including ourselves. We should speak openly in groups”- Harshana Batch 14
I learned many things from this workshop. I understood how to speak confidentiality without hurting and fighting with anyone. I learned about the body language of an assertive person.” – Shama Batch 15
Emotional Coping, Assertiveness and Stress Management by Ashish
OBJECTIVE/AIM OF THE WORKSHOP
OUTCOME OF THE SESSION
Employability workshop: Non-Verbal Communication by Sapna
Workshop on Non-Verbal Communication organized was attended by 52 Shalinis. The goal of the workshop is to focus on making participants understand the importance of creating the right perception. Expects the students to identify the traits that should be reflected, learn about non-verbal signals, verbal phrases, and style of speech. Finally, to exercise, demonstrate and adopt these new skills in their own general and valid style of behavior.
The main aim of the workshop is to make Shalinis employment ready. All present were informed it is important to practice correct body language during the interview, it is critical how the interviewer interpret signals. Students were introduced to body language concepts to explore non-verbal communication. It was stressed, body language plays a heightened role in the projection of their personality and is very powerful to act as the major game changer. It is imperative that both verbal and non-verbal responses should reflect careful attention to body language during facing interview. Shalinis responded that it was clear to them how important it is to master the body language, once done it provides the potential to both increase influence and direct the flow of information.
OUTCOME AND IMPACT
Participants were able to grasp the principle of intelligent body language and were able to imbibe the understanding of how to use non-verbal communication to polish their interview skills. The workshop proved to be instrumental in developing self-confidence, self-awareness among Shalinis and helped them to become more congruent while communicating.
Awesome, great, I found it really insightful and interesting. “Thanks for the training. Really worth it. Immediately applicable also.” Monika, Batch 16
“It was an eye-opener to know body language is so important in our lives, the workshop was very engaging, it increased my knowledge will surely imbibe the learning in my daily conduct.” Priyanka, Batch 16
Employability workshop: Interview Skills and Mock Interviews by Garima
The focus of the workshop was to prepare Shalinisto to develop the confidence to appear for an interview and be informed about the procedure.
Shalinis were informed about types of interviews which are commonly conducted across the globe. This followed by the role play where one set of Shalinis were asked to interview other sets of shalinis. They worked in pairs, the interviewer, and the interviewee. Feedback from both was gathered respectively. Based on the feedback class discussed some key aspect of interview behavior and the importance of making a good first impression. It was conveyed to them by the facilitator the thing expected from them during the activity was positive language, correct body language, and clarity of speech. This roleplay made students reinforce their understanding of strong responses, positive body langu, ge and good behavior.
Finally, the students were then spoken to about stress interview questions and Behaviour related interview questions. To answer these behavior related questions Shalinis were asked to adapt STAR response (Situation, Task , Action & Result).
During the workshop, students were able to articulate their skill, values, interest & abilities to drive for excellence & passion for knowledge & learning. They felt that by participating and witnessing roleplays the in highly interactive workshop, they were better equipped to face interview. It was evident that by practicing their skills in highly supportive environment gave major boost to their confidence. They realized being prepared for the interview and being honest during the interview are key to success to crack toughest interview.
“Workshop was exciting, engaging, promoted reasoning and thinking. It gave major boost to my confidence to face interview.” Neetu , 14th Batch
“A fantastic workshop. From start to end it engaged all of us. I felt fortunate enough to take part in activities and had a good opportunity to polish my interview skills.” Neha , 14th Batch
Employability workshop: Initiative and Enterprising by Dimpika
The objective of the workshop was to develop the attitude and raise thinking level of individual from functional to purposeful. Strengthen the organization by help to take decision keeping big picture in mind and to develop prerogative for action.
Workshop started by introducing Shalinis to the rare personal quality initiative & enterprising. They were informed that initiative is to go extra mile and doing things more than you have been asked to do. It was made clear that initiative is right attitude that will enable them to stand out among their peers and be successful in their personal and professional life. It will reflect them in positive light to others and will act like catalyzer to build self-esteem. Shalini’s were made aware that taking initiative at work place will help them to identify opportunities to improve their work, identify changes happening, identify time management problems & identify sources of stress and managing them for work-life balance.
Finally, Shalinis were briefed that enterprising spirit at work can be maintained by keeping passion prevalent, possessing people’s skill, by being creative thinker, competitive by nature and hardworking. Taking initiative will strengthen their personal brand. It was stressed that instead of being reactive they should be proactive, think ahead and act.
By end of the session it was clear to participants they should continue to develop and grow in their role by taking initiative and this will make them desirable candidate for jobs and opportunities. It was clearly perceived by them that to taking initiative will allow them to get ahead of competition and keep them updated in the field. They all agreed that they will take initiative to keep commitments, manage change and respond proactively to challenges and problems.
“It was a fabulous workshop. I feel very educated & inspired to be proactive and take initiative in my personal life and at college.” Kamlesh 13th Batch
“The workshop proved to be very informative. It expanded my understanding and taught me to develop self-management skills.” Ruchi 13th Batch
Selection of New Batch: Interviews
Chapter: North Delhi
Year of Induction: 2013
UC Intervention: Kanika joined the program in the year 2013, after a rigorous screening process of NAT. From a shy reserved girl to an outspoken, confident and empowered Shalini, her journey is of remarkable and extraordinary transformation. From the workshops and exposure to Genpact she learnt how to present herself and speak confidently. Her desire to learn and excel was also admired by many associates of Genpact during her interaction with them. Through the support from her mentor, she also received career guidance which helped her in pursuing B.com Hons from Delhi University.
Current Status: Presently working as an ‘Associate Counsellor’ at Edusky Global Education in Delhi. Being extremely rooted to the program with the desire to give back, Kanika now donates a section of her salary to Udayan Care.
“Udayan Care holds an irreplaceable place in my life. Since the day I joined the program, I wanted to live up to the very meaning of being a Shalini. The support I received from the program cannot be described in words”.
Udayan Ghar Programme
Udayan Care had set up its first Udayan Ghar (Home) for children in 1996 and created its own model of LIFE: Living in Family Environment. This model enables erstwhile children in need of Care & Protection in to grow in a loving family environment. In these homes, the children are loved and cared for by a group of Mentor Parents-socially committed individuals (volunteers) who groom the children with a team of Coordinators at homes, along with resident Care Givers, Supervisors, & Volunteers.
These homes are located in busy, middle-class neighborhoods, so children can reintegrate themselves into society through direct community involvement which helps to mainstream the children ahead. Our children and young adults are receiving quality education in some of the best educational institutions such as: The Sagar School at Tijara, Alwar, Mata Bhagwati school, Genesis Global School, Tagore International School, East of Kailash, Banyan Tree School, Global Indian International School etc and colleges/ universities like College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi, Hi-Tech Institute of Engineering, Ghaziabad, Punjab University, Lingaya’s University etc.
Since inception, Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 930 children with love, care and protection in 14 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 189 children across all homes. 34 of our young adults are also being supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of July - August 2018, the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children engaged in productive activities during their summer vacation. Workshops being a monthly affair addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators and also served for building their capacity.
Workshops were held with all the programme stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children). In order to strengthen the stakeholders the following workshops were held during the quarter:
Children don't naturally know how to make good choices. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as how to make good decisions about more abstract, long-term choices. Since, in a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life, Life Skill workshops at home were also held like every other quarter which focused on various subjects like self-awareness & self-identity, coping with emotions, relationship building, healthy & unhealthy relationships, knowing self, decision making, stress management, healthy habits; family & community, communication, and problem solving.
The boys at Mayur Vihar Ghars are growing and grooming well in the ghar environment. Kritika, a psychologist has been regularly conducting like skills workshops with the boys. The topics covered during the quarter include Relationship Building and Recognizing Healthy &Unhealthy Relationships.
Life Skills Workshops on Relationship Network, Ideal Person & Me and Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships were conducted in Greater Noida Girls Ghar.
The girls at our newly established ghar in Faridabad are getting their share of love and required care & protection. The psychologist and the ghar coordinator leave no stone unturned in grooming and nurturing the girls and provide for the opportunities to grow and develop. During the quarter-life skills workshop on Relationship Identification and Relationship Building were carried out with girls.
Likewise, life skills workshops on a range of topics covered under the broad theme of Relationship were conducted in other Udayan Ghars.
Opportunities, events, and outings are some of the things that never end for our Udayan Ghar children. The major recreational and co-curricular events that took place during the quarter include –
Udayan Care Annual Summer Camp, 2018,
(Summer Surfers: Let’s Make Summers Fun Again!) Summer Camp is the time when children across our all Udayan Ghars come together for fun & learning and showcase their talent. It is the time filled with lots of surprises, gifts & awards and delicious treats. It is also the time where mentor parents, social workers, and caregivers get a wonderful opportunity to revive & beautify their relationship with the children. Summer camp brings along the opportunity for everyone to come together to a common platform for becoming a part of collective and collaborative learning with fun.
This time, 14 Udayan Ghars, 180 children, 25 young adults & 40 staff members came together to be a part of 5 days Udayan Care Annual Summer at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida with the theme, Summer Surfers: Let’s make summers fun again, set right to beat the sizzling heat. No doubt, the scorching heat wasn’t strong enough to stand against everyone’s highly raised spirits and excitement. The camp was scheduled from 5th to 9th June’18 with the last day culminating into grand finale throwing some spectacular performances and a wonderful exhibition.
Visit to National Museum The participants in the Artroom programme went to the National Museum on 17th June’18. The children took a curated walk-through in the museum around the ongoing exhibition 'India and the World - A history in nine stories'. The exhibition was about stories of different objects and artifacts that traveled around the world offering insight into two million years of history. Using Plaster of Paris (POP), they made Indus valley seal replicas.
Adidas v/s Udayan Care (Football Match)
This year has been marked as the 12th year of commitment of Adidas towards Udayan Care in protecting and nurturing the lives of vulnerable children. Having a core belief that “through sports, we have the power to change lives”, Adidas has organized a football match for Udayan Ghar children at their Gurugram office on June 20, 2018. Children from Gurugram, Sant Nagar (both homes), Noida Boys and Greater Noida Homes participated in the event. A total of 90 children & aftercare young adults and 7 staff members were there.
While beating the heat, the children displayed their full energies, all set to play a game of football with the Adidas Team. With, Dave, MD(Adidas-India) addressing the children and giving them a warm welcome, the spirits of all those present rose to high levels. Children in the football team were given Adidas studs & Jerseys.
Moving ahead with the program, children were briefed about the rules and regulations of the football match and were directed to take safety position in case of urgency. With a boost in the confidence of Children’s, the event began with all taking their positions in the field. Both the Adidas Group and Udayan Care teams took their respective position along with their team members. Udayan Care won the match by 3-2.
International Day of Yoga Celebration Children across different Udayan Ghars celebrated International Day of Yoga on 21st June’18. They were made aware of the importance of yoga and meditation in today’s busy life where every one of us is on a run. The country commemorates this day every year to spread awareness about how yoga is an important physical, mental and spiritual practice that each and every one should practice.
2 Days Workshop on Basics in Photography by ArtReach India Foundation Two days workshop on Basics in Photography was organized on 23rd & 24th June at Sanskriti Museum by ArtReach India Foundation. The workshop aimed at teaching the participants to demonstrate artistry through pictures, to apply the principles of lighting and color theory to a variety of photographic scenarios by measuring, evaluating, and adjusting light and color to create quality images and much more.
6 Days Workshop on Film Making by Tuning Fork FilmsBeing winners at the 3rd edition of Robyn Beeche Award for Best Short Film, themed on “A day in my life”, organized during the Udayan Care’s Annual Summer Camp’17, 4 of our children from Sant Nagar, Mehrauli & Gurgaon Ghar were invited by Tuning Fork Films for 6 days filmmaking workshop in Bir, Himachal Pradesh as an award. It was a great opportunity for them to get exposure and learning in professional filmmaking and explore their career paths in the same.
Art Workshop by ArtReach India FoundationOn 14th July’18, a workshop on the theme of music & dance was conducted by ArtReach India Foundation for the participants of Artroom Programme. The workshop led by the artist, Nikhil taught the participants about connecting art with music & dance. The children also got to learn composing EDM (Electronic Digital Music).
A Day in Jurasik Park InnBoys from Udayan Ghar for Boys in Mayur Vihar (Home 2 & 8) and Gurgaon went for a day-long trip to chill at Jurasik Park Inn, Water & Amusement Park on 22nd July’18 and likewise, Girls from Udayan Ghar for Girls, Mehrauli (Home3 & 12) &, Sant Nagar Home 1 on 5th August’18. The trip was organized in response to the special prize received by a couple of children from each of these homes from International Children’s Network (ICN) who decided on to take the rest of their friends with them.
The children enjoyed themselves to the fullest in the pool, water slides and other rides and, the special lunch organized at the venue itself.
I Sing for My Country Campaign with Knox Artiste Girls from Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida were featured in a Song by Knox Artiste that was released on 15th August’18 on youtube.Knox Artiste, a rising star on social media having always been passionate about serving the less fortunate and contributing to many causes visited the Jagshanti Udayan Ghar on 10th August’18 with his team as a part of their “I Sing for My Country Campaign” to interact with the girls and celebrate the 72nd Independence Day thereby, recording the video for Knox’s song “Dil Se.”
Art Workshop by ArtReach India FoundationOn 11th August’18 a workshop led by artist, graphic designer and musician, Pratyush was organized by ArtReach India Foundation. The artist did a visual-musical demonstration with his pop-up book on classical music 'Swarpeti'. He then taught participants multiple ways of creating pop-ups through techniques of folding paper. Each participant created their own pop-up shapes and birds.
A brief presentation was made by the artist, Mr. Pratyush on graphic designing, he showed examples of info-graphics, animations, his own posters and other design work.
Independence Day CelebrationIt was a cool, breezy morning of 15th August 2018, where the children woke up with a patriotic spirit and an excitement for the day’s activities. At the Udayan Ghars, the preparations for the celebrations were in full swing with children rising early and dressing up in their best outfits.
The day was an amalgamation of fun-filled activities which included quiz and kite-making activity that was conducted at all the Homes. The quiz based on general awareness about facts of India’s independence was found to be interesting and a mind flexing exercise. The kite making activity, gave the children, the full freedom to apply their creativity and scientific skills to make decorative kites. The kites were then flown high in the sky, giving the children, a sense of pride for their country. Children also engaged in role plays wherein, by emulating our freedom fighters, the core values were revived.
Success Story (anyone)
“You May See Me Struggle But, You Will Never See Me Quit”
Komal and her four sisters were left to themselves after their mother died soon after giving birth to her youngest sister and their father sank into severe depression due to the trauma. The dark clouds of trouble grew bigger when the father was diagnosed with tuberculosis due to which the sisters had to shift from one relative’s home to another for shelter and support.
Komal was 8 when she along with her sisters was transferred to Udayan Care from some other organisation. Separation from parent, neglect, multiple changes in several dimensions of early care, the absence of a reliable adult to take care and, rejection from extended family; Pal sisters had seen it all.
Komal lacked confidence in her abilities and had a weak educational base which made her vulnerable to the risk of falling through the gaps in the educational system. But, the mentors and ghar staff, with their strong determination to transform children’s lives, devoted themselves to nurturing the tender brains of these little girls, offered unconditional love and helped them overcome the stress and trauma they had experienced.
Komal grew-up to be a dedicated, hardworking and kind-hearted young woman who was adored by all. Not only did she excel in academics, she also established herself as one of the best swimmer and squash players in the reputed Sagar School, Alwar. She went on to complete her BBA from the renowned Galgotias University with a whopping score of 82.65% in 2017 and later on joined Vanity Cube’s HR department. Her dreams do not finish here; she aspires to pursue MBA and become an entrepreneur. We are sure she’ll achieve everything she wants in life.
About Udayan Care
Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 24 years, for the quality care of disadvantaged children and women.
Vision: To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged
Theory of Change:“There are millions of orphaned and abandoned children in India; in addition, girls from weaker sections of society do not get an equal opportunity to continue their education; professional skills and attitude are lacking among disadvantaged communities to become economically self reliant”.
Udayan Care provides homes to orphaned children while also giving girls financial and development support to continue higher education, and communities to train themselves in vocations, by engaging socially committed individuals, who provide a transformative, nurturing and mentoring environment, to help them realize their full potential.
A nurturing home for every orphaned child, an opportunity for higher education for every girl and for every adult, the dignity of self-reliance and the desire to give back to society.
About ITVT centers
There is a growing demand for Information Technology and vocational training among the poor urban and rural communities including communities around our Udayan homes. We have also found the use of computer and IT vitally important in our counseling programme for the children of Udayan Homes. Thus, the project intends to focus on mixed communities; communities who are located around our Udayan Homes and those in the densely populated clusters of slums, resettlement colonies and other low income settlements by setting up IT & VT centers for imparting Information Technology and vocational skills training.
To broaden horizons and bring IT close to the lives of underserved rural and urban communities in Delhi and NCR, and thus empower them for greater job prospects
Target Group & Reach
Poor urban/ slum communities, especially women, adolescent, children of Delhi and NCR
Unique aspects of the Program
Udayan Care IT centers are located across Delhi and NCR.
In Udayan Care Information Technology Programme we believe to give exposure to our students which helps them to get awareness about other organizations & corporate trends that's why we send our students for exposure visits and sometimes we call people from other organizations to ensure that, training of trainees should be done in some effective modules. Recently we invited Jamal who is working with one of renowned organization called ETASHA society as a soft skills trainer. Jamal took a session which was based on "How to have fluency in English Communication" 40 students attend a 2 hours’ session, during the session they experienced debate, role play, one to one conversation etc.As per the feedback which we received from Jamal, our students were found enthusiastic and energetic while they participated in debate and role play they are curious to polish their English communication.
Capacity Building Training
On 30th May our 3 staff members attend a capacity building workshop which is a sensitization programme, this programme was conducted by EFICOR (The Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief) the organization have been working for people who are differently abled and steadily we are progressing towards our aim of empowerment people with disability, enduring the same spirit EFICOR would like to flame the torch of empowerment further to the people with disability. Since inception of our West Delhi center (2017) we are in touch with EFICOR to help them to train their students who are specially abled, so many beneficiaries of EFICOR are benefitted from our West Delhi IT center too, as they have attended training in Information Technology & English Communication, we believe in collaborative efforts which comes in the favor of community development. EFICOR team invited to our trainers for their capacity building which helps them "how to deal with especially able persons" and how we can make them self-sustainable
In the month of May 2018 keep the mission of Udayan Care IT Programme's in our mind "To broaden horizons and bring IT close to the lives of underserved, rural and urban communities in Delhi and NCR, and thus empower them for greater job prospects" we have started two new IT centers in Delhi NCR. On 17th May we have inaugurated 12th IT center in Vijay Nagar (Ghaziabad) this center has been established with kind support of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) on the occasion of inauguration ceremony Vinay (Executive Director of IOCL) cut the ribbon to start this center for the development of underserved community youth. Alongside on 25th May 2018 we have started 13th New IT Center in GovindPuri (South Delhi) with kind support of Hero Moto Corp. On the occasion of center inauguration ceremony Vijay (CSR Head - Hero Moto Corp) cut the ribbon to start this center for underserved community youth development
Success Story – Neha
Neha is a passionate girl who has zeal to do something in her life but she comes from a very conservative family. Neha is from a small village in Himachal Pradesh and she grew up in BudhVihar Rohini which is a resettlement colony in North Delhi. Her father is working as a driver and is the only person who earn for his family. The economic condition of her family is not good, she always thinks about being a helping hand for her family but her family's narrow mindedness does not give her permission to involve herself in a job inspite of the fact that she is a graduated in B.com from Delhi University's distance learning programme. One of our faculty members met Neha during a community survey and she was found really curious to learn Tally course, initially her father did not permit her to learn this course but at the end he got convinced.
After completion of training in Tally ERP 9 Neha got the opportunity to join as Accountant in one of CA firms where she gets good entry level salary. As per Neha's feedback UC-SVP CICL become a boon for her where she groomed herself in IT with the help of our dedicated faculties & mentors simultaneous she polished her English communication with help of English Bolo programme too.