Project #1970

Youth Venture India

by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

On tuesday, 4th October, the youth venture alumni, met up with on Carter Road Cafe Coffee day. There was considerable enthusiasm and excitment, among all of us, because this was the 1st catch up after more than 2 months. 

Ashok rathod, founder of Oscar project, shared about his trip to London and how he rasied Rs.30,000 during his trip. He had his trip to London sponsored as part of a soccer training camp, so he got his contacts in Mumbai to connect him with their friends in London and with their help he organized a Bollywood Dinner part in a London pub and raised money for his venture. 

Rahul Mankar, founder of Yaar, got invited to Delhi and his venture Yaar, was formally, invited to be one of the partner organizations of Pravah, a national organization based on promoting secularism and leadership in young people. 

These were some of the many highlights which the venturers shared. It was fun to catch up, share successes and challenges, get feedback and get reinspired. 

YV venturers who facilitated the event
YV venturers who facilitated the event

On the 25th of June, Youth Venture India partnered with Staples India to organize a day of "Engaging with Changemakers" in Mumbai. We had around 50 plus Staples staff participate, and 5 of our venturers facilitated a half day of interactive games, discussions and sharing stories of their venture at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Staples India donated 450 $ (20,000rs) to YV, which we distributed equally among our venturers. It was inspiring to hear one of the Staples staff, who had earlier attended a YV Summit in US, share his memories of the venturers he met at the Staples Competition in the US and encouraging his colleagues to engage with our venturers.

Summary of the day
Summary of the day

The alumni of Youth Venture and staff went up trekking a mountain and had 2 days of sharing, reflections and engaged in adventure activities and games.

The intention of this camp was to strengthen the alumni group and also provide them a space to reflect and learn from their experiences as changemakers. We also introduced them to the new team in Youth Venture and the changes in the program going forward.

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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.


Hi folks,
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


The monsoon in Mumbai was a difficult period for many of the Venturers - some of them lost momentum and their progress slowed significantly. Over the past few weeks, we asked them what they needed to get back on track. We built the workshop around their responses.

Find attached the report of the workshop contents.


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Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Location: Arlington, VA - USA
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Project Leader:
Vipin T.
Program Intrepreneur
Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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