On 14th Jan all the Youth Venture facilitators met up at the directors house for a pot luck lunch and catching up. All the ventures has been busy with their individual ventures, so it was fun to meet everyone and hear the exciting news in their lives. Ashok, has managed to increase the number of young people he works with to 140 kids in his community. He has trained 10 other young people to use football as a means to get school drop outs back to school. Ritika is back from her Vipassana course, and couldn't stop talking about her experience. Kritika and Ashok, were invited to Indonesia, to speak at a Asian Youth Summit on 10th December, 2010. An increasing number of ventures has started collaborating with each other to maximize the impact of their ventures. We are now figuring out how do we evaluate and document these milestones. Attached are some of the photos from the get together.
As the current cycle comes to an end, we are planning a 2 day residential camp outside Mumbai for all the youth ventures in Mumbai on the last weekend on Feb. Below is the email invite for the event.
More on that soon.
We are planning a 2 day residential adventure camp outside of Mumbai on the 26th and 27th (sat and sun) of Feb.
As you are aware Ashoka, has been going through a internal transition process, where the focus now will be on building an “everyone a changemaker” world. One of the decisions, which has been made is to merge all the offices in India to one single on in Bangalore , so that there is more synergy in operations. And there have been changes with Youth Venture too, the main one being, the focus of the program will also include working with children and scaling up across India. We will share the details of the new plan of action and you will get to meet the new team members also at the camp in Feb.
So what of the Mumbai program, right? Ashoka, will not be having an office in Mumbai soon, but Youth Venture will continue through your work, in your stories. You see what is Youth Venture, its an idea, an idea which said, young people who has a dream and the courage to fight for it are powerful agents of social change. When we started off in 2007, not many people took us seriously. But as we grew, as more and more people came to hear your stories, the initial cynicism changed from disbelief to open admiration. So when Pankaj starts increasing the number of children he works with, or when the US Consulate decides to check out Sumit project for Michelle Obamas visit, when Natasha sitting in London fundraises for Pragati, when Prabhal and Vijeyta becomes speakers at the UN Conference in Delhi, or Kritika and Ashok goes to Indonesia to share their stories with young there, when Ramesh and Ritika come together to do an event on 15th august or when all of you get countless awards and speaking engagements, that’s signs of a society sitting up and taking notice. All of you have been path-breakers, you created paths where none existed, and became role models for many other young people and organizations.
Its all been you. And I want all of you to realize that. Ben, Aditi, Pankti, me and others have just been there on the sidelines reminding you about how powerful you and your dreams are, whenever you needed it, and gave you a kick in the butt, when you needed that too. And we will always be there when you need any of the above.
So as one chapter ends and a new one begins, lets get together, one more time, the current batch of ventures and all the alumni. The camp will be outdoors, where we pitch our tents, trek, make our own food, reflect, have fun, play, sing, dance and celebrate.
Please let me know how many of you will be able to join us. Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org