The second edition of the Young Social Innovators Conclave was held on the 5th October, 2015 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as The Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai. The event had two important components – the selection of the 2015 cohort of the India Youth Fund through a live jury, and the presentation of the preliminary findings of the pilot survey of the State of Urban Youth report.
India Youth 2015 Awardees
The jury for the selection of the 2015 awardees of the India Youth Fund saw pitches
by 10 organisations (shortlisted from over 800 applicants) from all over the country.
They were evaluated by a distinguished jury consisting of:
- Mr. Eric Luguya, Programme Officer, Lead Youth and Livelihoods
- Ms. Leni Chaudhuri, Programme Head, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation
- Dr. Malik Merchant, Consultant Psychiatrist, Prince Aly Khan
- Mr. Milind Mhaske, Project Director, Praja Foundation
- Dr. Padma Prakash, Director, IRIS Knowledge Foundation
- Mr. Pankaj Joshi, Executive Director, UDRI
- Ms. Pearl Tiwari, Joint President, CSR and Sustainability,
From the pool of ten candidates, the jury picked three as the 2015 awardees of the
India Youth Fund. These are:
A Kolkata based organisation, Prayasam will work towards empowering children with
tools through which they can become resource persons as well as advocates of positive
change within their communities.
- Reap Benefit
Reap Benefit Foundation will work with the students of Bengaluru’s civic schools
to identify waste, water and hygiene related problems, and co-develop innovative
and low-cost solutions to the same.
Bengaluru based Sukhibhava will by implementing a model of social entrepreneurship
which will incentivize slum dwelling women towards better menstrual hygiene, through
innovative low-cost products.
The awardees are slated to implement their projects through 2016-17.
State Of Urban Youth
The second State of Urban Youth report, currently under development, is expected
to be a pioneering documentation on the urban youth of India. The report will consist
of a series of specially commissioned papers and the analysis of multi-city youth
The preliminary findings of the pilot of this survey were presented at the Conclave,
followed by an interactive discussion between Ms. Leni Chaudhuri, Narotam Sekhsaria
Foundation; Dr. Padma Prakash, IRIS Knowledge Foundation, Dr. Vibhuti Patel, SNDT
University; and Mr. Douglas Ragan, UN-Habitat.
The findings were widely covered by media houses such as Times of India, Hindustan
Times, IBN Lokmat, Sakal and Divya Bhaskar. Key highlights include:
1. The preliminary findings on youth and work show that while young people may be
finding jobs with satisfactory incomes at least in the larger cities, and may even
be satisfied, there is a dearth of interesting work that can engage them fully and
allow for creative output.
2. Most of the respondents are politically aware but are not active participants
in the public space.
3. Most of the respondents found familial structure a very important foundation
from which to achieve their goals.
4. However, There is clearly a dissonance in young people’s attitude to the institution
5. Most respondents reported having high levels of stress and physical issues and
most were unaware of mental health support services. This would, however, be supported
with a more robust diagnostic analysis.
6. These preliminary findings, though not leading to any general analyses at the
moment, provide a curtain raiser to the larger study from the six-city wide survey
for the larger study.