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Help set up a youth community centre in Shivaji Nagar, Mumbai

Overview:
The Next Page will be a youth community centre in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi. It will serve as a hub for the youth of Shivaji Nagar and surrounding areas, promoting their personal growth and leadership qualities. It will also focus on community building by fostering meaningful interactions amongst the youth of the area.

Our Story:
Anoop as a TFI fellowHi! I'm Anoop Parik and I began working in Shivaji Nagar as a Teach for India Fellow in 2011. At the end of my fellowship, I continued working as a school teacher at Shree Geeta Vidyalaya. (You can read a little more about my experiences by clicking here, here, and here.)

As a teacher, I watched my students grow from little children into young men and women who were getting ready to face the world beyond school.
Anoop with students in 2019
While I had the good fortune of seeing many of them take control of their journey towards their aspirations, I also saw the obstacles that stood in their way, as they navigated the difficulties of growing up in one of Mumbai's least-developed communities.

I could also see that some of my students had, in particular, already discovered an independent voice and stood apart from their peers because of their passion towards certain ideas and activities.Students like Maviya, Ariza, Adnan, and Ruksar, made me think more about what had helped them stand out from their peers.

At the same time, my experiences with helping run the Foxpassers Football Club showed me how a positive and safe environment could help build a community of youth leaders. (Read more about our work towards helping girls in the community play football)


All of this together planted the seed for The Next Page.

The youth of the community are often faced with a highly problematic atmosphere where gender-violence, juvenile crime, and substance abuse are rampant. An environment that values learning, creativity, and knowledge will provide them with a safe space that also pushes them to become thoughtful citizens who give back to the community.

Our Idea:
At the core of The Next Page will be a library and reading room. This space will also serve as a venue for hosting educational events related to art, cinema, photography, music, and science. Along with these activities, the centre will also manage the Foxpassers Football Club.

The main elements of The Next Page will be:
  • A library and reading room for all students in the community
  • An activity centre, which will host events related art and science in partnership with different organisations
  • A youth football club that will help teach values through sports
The Next Page will work closely with young people from the area, both as volunteers and part-time employees.
The Next Page Student Volunteers
Foxpassers Football Club Managers(Above: TNP Volunteers and Football Managers)

You can read about the project in more detail by clicking here.

Our Plan:
The centre aims to begin operations through crowd-funding and donors. Once fully-functional, we will look to register the organisation and obtain institutional funding along with creating a self-sustaining model through membership fees. The expense breakdown for the centre is given below.
TNP FinancesThank you for taking the time to learn more about this idea.
We hope that you will be able to help us reach our fundraising goal and give the youth of Shivaji Nagar to discover the true potential that lies hidden within each one of them.

If you have further questions about our project or donations, please write to nextpagecentre@gmail.com or contact Anoop on +91-9167736758.

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26th February 2020
Greetings from The Next Page!

February at our library was full of fun-filled activities all month. We explored abstract art, made models of viruses, built mini bridges, and even grew our own little terrace garden. Of course, as always our patrons were busy reading and exploring new ideas. Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks.

Enjoying a winter morning on the terrace:

Our little garden:

Abstract art from our little artists:


Models of different viruses:


Exploring the world at The Next Page:

We hope you have a great rest of the week! Thanks again for your support!
Greetings from The Next Page!

February at our library was full of fun-filled activities all month. We explored abstract art, made models of viruses, built mini bridges, and even grew our own little terrace garden. Of course, as always our patrons were busy reading and exploring new ideas. Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks.

Enjoying a winter morning on the terrace:

Our little garden:

Abstract art from our little artists:


Models of different viruses:


Exploring the world at The Next Page:

We hope you have a great rest of the week! Thanks again for your support!
31st January 2020
Greetings from The Next Page!
 We have just ended our first month of operations and are really excited about the fantastic response from our young patrons. Here are some glimpses from the last few weeks.
Exploring books of different genres
Telling stories to each other under the guidance of our Didis.
Enjoying an evening read aloud of George’s Marvellous Medicine
Hard at work creating art masterpieces

In total we had 511 visits over the month with children reading, drawing, and participating in different activities.

We also began our weekend activities and kicked things off on Republic Day with volunteers helping children understand the importance of the Constitution of India with a fun activity.

The attentive attendees discussed the important features of the Constitution as outlined in the Preamble.

Everyone then went into the community with copies of the Preamble and talked to others about the importance of Justice, Equality, Liberty, and Fraternity. They wrote down names of people they interacted with on the tri-coloured ribbons.


We came back and learnt to make Republic Bracelets and ended the day by tying our ‘friendship bands’ to each other.




The day ended with some very happy and proud young Indians!
Thank you for all your support and keep checking back on our Instagram page @nextpagecentre as well as our blog nextpagecentre.blogspot.com. We are kicking off art and craft and science activities, as well as movie nights soon! Have a great week ahead.

Greetings from The Next Page!
 We have just ended our first month of operations and are really excited about the fantastic response from our young patrons. Here are some glimpses from the last few weeks.
Exploring books of different genres
Telling stories to each other under the guidance of our Didis.
Enjoying an evening read aloud of George’s Marvellous Medicine
Hard at work creating art masterpieces

In total we had 511 visits over the month with children reading, drawing, and participating in different activities.

We also began our weekend activities and kicked things off on Republic Day with volunteers helping children understand the importance of the Constitution of India with a fun activity.

The attentive attendees discussed the important features of the Constitution as outlined in the Preamble.

Everyone then went into the community with copies of the Preamble and talked to others about the importance of Justice, Equality, Liberty, and Fraternity. They wrote down names of people they interacted with on the tri-coloured ribbons.


We came back and learnt to make Republic Bracelets and ended the day by tying our ‘friendship bands’ to each other.




The day ended with some very happy and proud young Indians!
Thank you for all your support and keep checking back on our Instagram page @nextpagecentre as well as our blog nextpagecentre.blogspot.com. We are kicking off art and craft and science activities, as well as movie nights soon! Have a great week ahead.

9th January 2020
A Happy New Year to all our supporters and well-wishers!

We rang in the new year with an open day for the library and received an excellent response from the local community.

Our first group of visitors arrived sharp at opening time and shared laughs while browsing through our collection of over 1000 books.


Ruksar and Shweta, our Youth Community Leaders, took the group on a tour of the library.

They discussed their favourite books and showed off the Art Attack corner.


The day continued with children dropping in regularly.
Abbas read his favourite Noddy stories.
Shoyeb helped with decorating the space.
Some of our slightly older kids also re-discovered books.
And others were fascinated by dinosaurs.

By the end of the day we had over 50 visitors and have continued attracting more and more readers and artists over the last week.

Thank you once again for your support. Please keep sharing with others and do reach out to us with ideas and suggestions. Follow us on our just-launched Instagram page @nextpagecentre for more updates too.

Have a fantastic year ahead!
A Happy New Year to all our supporters and well-wishers!

We rang in the new year with an open day for the library and received an excellent response from the local community.

Our first group of visitors arrived sharp at opening time and shared laughs while browsing through our collection of over 1000 books.


Ruksar and Shweta, our Youth Community Leaders, took the group on a tour of the library.

They discussed their favourite books and showed off the Art Attack corner.


The day continued with children dropping in regularly.
Abbas read his favourite Noddy stories.
Shoyeb helped with decorating the space.
Some of our slightly older kids also re-discovered books.
And others were fascinated by dinosaurs.

By the end of the day we had over 50 visitors and have continued attracting more and more readers and artists over the last week.

Thank you once again for your support. Please keep sharing with others and do reach out to us with ideas and suggestions. Follow us on our just-launched Instagram page @nextpagecentre for more updates too.

Have a fantastic year ahead!
Rs.614,456 raised

Goal: Rs.1,120,000

Beneficiary: Anoop Parik info_outline

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