Project: From Youth at risk to Youth at par
Amidst one of the world’s biggest pandemics, the youth at risk are still learning the conventional way due to the gap with the world. These are the people who are victims of their own circumstances. In the world of Justice, we have moved from Deterrence Theory to Reformatory Theory, then why not with the world of learning?
As many of these youth are abandoned, lost and crumbled in the world of social exploitation, we strongly believe that guiding & educating them with new age skills will not only bring hope but will also prevent them from relapsing and being stuck in the cycle of poverty. Along with the traditional vocational training, the youth are inclined towards digital designing, art, dance, as a means to convey their expression and creativity. As observed in the institutions, the youth are talented and gifted but may not necessarily be able to pursue it as a profession.
India being one of the leading countries in the digital age, we want to bridge the gap between the resources & opportunities of their area of interest. Upon their release from institutions, most of the youth find it difficult to be suitably employed and end up working in small restaurants or cafés, engage in daily wage labor jobs, thus being prone to going back into the same unstable, violent communities.
Utkarsh, a Juvenile, 17 who paints, beautifully, designs & creates art. He’s also interested in learning computers, before coming to the childcare institution, he was the victim of addiction, and came from a family which was abusive & violent. He believed that no nobody loved him. Today after all the mental health support & training in the childcare institutions, he is hopeful & looking forward to his future yet doesn’t know how to build a career for himself. Far from the digital world where he could be his own hero, self-reliant, & independent be a more radiant creator. With these graphic designing, photography courses & equipment he can further pursue it as a career, make a livelihood out of it for expressing his gifted creative spirit.
Help to fuel Utkarsh's dreams, we’re just one step away from seeing his full inner potential & unleash the real hero inside him.
Project Memba, a community, we aim to ‘remember’, believe, and acknowledge the ones who are a part of us but distant due to the circumstances they were born in and encourage them to imbibe their true inner potential with self- belief.
In the year 2021, where we have the aptitude for digital literacy & create art but rarely these youth have the option. We aspire to offer these opportunities to the youth at risk, Child in conflict with law & Child in need of care and protection i.e., Juvenile under trials and Children who have been rescued from begging, child labour, are runaway, orphans, victims of trafficking and domestic violence, respectively.
We want to enable them to break the cycle of poverty & crime by channelizing their energy towards building a brighter future by providing them access to e-learning, building the digital age skills and giving access mentorship to build a better future.
Through the Digital Skill program:
To provide resources & promoting their skill-based work
Work with experienced volunteers for their orientation
We’ll be providing them various online programs; each program starts from:
Rs. 500 with the regional language courses comprehensible to them from platforms like Udemy.
Dance, graphic designing, video editing, photography, digital artwork.
Cost of the Gadgets:
Rs. 4000 for the Graphic design tablets.
Rs. 30,000 for a Digital camera/ laptop
Lastly, having the privilege of having knowledge and resources, we a team of 7 bold individuals in collaboration with ASHIYANA foundation, took a step of bringing Memba together, as we believe that with privilege comes with responsibilities and we’re glad to be able to use the gift & potential to make a difference.
We firmly stand with the utmost important dimension of the Juvenile Justice Law, spirit of reformation, rehabilitation, and hope.
About the Non-profit organization:
Since 2012, Ashiyana has been weaving its way through the closed walls of the Umerkhadi Observation and Children's Home (Dongri) and the David Sassoon Industrial School (Matunga), Mumbai. Ashiyana is an organization that harnesses the energies of volunteers and collaborates with stakeholders to transform the lives of the children within these closed residential homes and once they leave, out in the world.
Ashiyana believes that when children and youth experience inner transformation through safe spaces and positive and deep relationships, they can heal themselves, change their behaviors, become self-reliant and disrupt the cycle of poverty and violence. It works with at-risk youth in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand between the ages 14-22 years who are either Children in Conflict with the Law (CCL) or Children in Need of Care and Protection (CNCP) as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015. They are also children and youth who have mostly dropped out of school, were homeless, are addicted, have been apprehended, and face multiple traumas and challenges.
Inside institutions, Ashiyana mainly conducts interventions with respect to the mental health and socio-emotional needs of children and youth. It also creates safe spaces for them through participatory approaches to listen, share, reflect, and learn from each other with the ultimate goal of seeding and enabling positive behavior change. Outside institutions, Ashiyana supports young people to find their feet in society and move forward in life and fulfil their aspirations, and in some cases, supports their immediate family members according to their needs.
In 2020-21, Ashiyana has reached out to 862 children in Maharashtra, 363 children in Chhattisgarh and 330 children in Jharkhand. A brief statistical summary of the organisation’s impact is as given below:
- (incl. Dongri Observation Home, Bhiwandi Observation Home and Youth referred for Supervision)
1110 individual counselling sessions conducted
15 attended group counselling sessions
110 youth under the Social Reintegration Program
3 youth supported with basic documentation
6 youth supported with accommodation
71 youth and families supported with ration
40 youth supported with job search & placement
14 youth supported with education
5 youth supported with medical interventions
9 youth supported with legal aid
1 youth supported with repatriation
10 CBT sessions conducted
15 Circles conducted online
- Chhattisgarh & Jharkhand
(incl. 7 CCIs in 3 districts of Chhattisgarh & 4 CCIs in 2 districts of Jharkhand)
- 109 Listening & Restorative Circles
- 6 Butterfly Garden(s) established
- 25 Daily Practices & Rituals established
- 37 Library Sessions conducted
- 132 Recreational Activities organized
- 4 Participatory Events organized
- Digital & handmade artwork made by these youth, as a gesture of love
- Tax exemption
- Updates of their milestones