The Streaming partners met in New Delhi for a 3 day meeting on 30th, April 2012 to deliberate on the need for a youth development approach across sectors. They came from different geographies of the country – SAHER (Jogeshwari, Mumbai), Pravah Jaipur Initiative (Jaipur), Commutiny Youth Collective (Delhi), Vriksh (Kempty, Uttranchal), YAAR (Kalyan, Maharashtra) YouthNet (Kohima, Nagaland) and Patang (Sambalpur, Orissa).
The objectives of the meeting included building a collective of the partners and developing a common vision for social change. The aim was to identify and consolidate strategies of working with young people from diverse geographies, issues and target groups and chart out a joint agenda for action, research and advocacy.
Participants found the sessions on the challenges in youth development work and on the streaming partnership model especially useful in helping them to reflect about similar challenges and to develop common values and practices for youth development work. Participants were invited to share their understanding of ‘collectives’ and ‘organizations’ and encouraged to explore ideas for developing the streaming collective.
The three key thematics selected for the meeting were advocacy, bonding and learning & exchange. The partners developed action plans and timelines and came up with a set of action points to be taken up collectively:
Advocacy Group: is working towards holding regional consultations on the 5th space in different regions.
Bonding group: decided to hold the next partnership meeting at venues where their partners work. The first such meeting will be hosted by PJI in August.
Learning and Exchange group: committed to starting an e-learning group to share what is happening in their respective organizations and identify learning opportunities.
The partnership meeting helped develop and create ownership for a joint agenda and identified champions from partner organizations to take the journey forward.
~ Sonal Chaturvedi