Pravah’s Streaming Initiative refers to the process of engaging or collaborating with voluntary organizations nationally and internationally to design and implement youth development and citizenship action programs. Through Streaming we seek to enhance the collective work of Pravah and similar organizations at advocating for youth development, active citizenship as well as youth engagement on social justice issues. To view the Pravah Streaming blog log on to www.pravahstreaming.wordpress.com.
The Streaming Intervention was an experiment we set up in 2006, based on our experience of engaging with capacity building of individuals and organisations working in the youth and active citizenship field. Some organizations we have supported in this capacity over the years include SECMOL, Sewa Mandir, Sankalp, Urmul, SWRC Tilonia, Patang, Oxfam(GB), Ashoka, Ant, Pajhra, Pardada Pardadi Foundation, Manthan, Manav Kalyan Trust, Habitat Polytech, Youthreach, Voluntary Services Overseas(VSO),IVolunteer, Changelooms youth organizations, Anhad, NYF, Thoughtshop Foundation etc.
In the last three years, the Streaming Initiative has incubated two organizations (Pravah Jaipur Initiative and ComMutiny, the Youth Collective) and developed strategic partnerships with three organizations – Thoughtshop Foundation (Kolkata), SAHER (Mumbai) and Patang (Sambalpur, Orissa). We also supported the envisioning of the Teacher Resource Centre set up in partnership with Bluebells School International.
Thoughtshop Foundation (TF) was the oldest organization – established in 1993 – and run by professionals whose expertise is in social communication. Their experience with young people was in the areas of adolescent reproductive health and gender. What they brought to the table was their knowledge of Kolkata and local areas, their relationships with young people who had leadership potential, and excellent skills in designing and producing resources. Pravah, on the other hand, was the catalyst for the Youth Resource Centres (YRCs). The idea of a YRC model emerged from TF’s engagement with Pravah. TF then translated it into action by adapting it to the local context. Thereafter, Pravah’s interventions included inputs in developing the overall YRC strategy, curriculum development, exposure to youth development processes, and training in the conflict positive framework, instructional design and facilitation. The result of the partnership is a model for setting up YRCs – four YRCs have been set up with a total of 54 members, equipped with resources and run by youth trainers.
Patang was founded relatively recently by a former Pravah team member who was familiar with Pravah’s processes and approach to youth development. They have adapted Pravah’s school and college programs to their context. Pravah’s role was to build the leadership of the team, facilitate organizational development processes and put critical organizational systems in place. Today, Patang is designing and implementing successful programs in collaboration not only with Pravah but other partners as well. One of these new partnerships includes designing and facilitating sessions at the MSW course in Sambalpur University. These partnerships illustrate the credibility Patang has gained over the years in Orissa. It is now gradually developing into a regional resource centre which will impact many more lives and organizations in the region.
SAHER was positioned even earlier on the organizational curve – a start up, in every sense. Even though it had started as a local youth group in 1997, it was registered as an organization only in 2003 and comprised a team of volunteers who organized sporadic events to bring people of different communities together and promote communal harmony. SAHER was part of the Change Looms program in 2006, and one of the Pravah team members facilitated intensive organisational change processes with them following the Change Looms development centre. Pravah’s mentoring helped SAHER conceptualize and design its college program, Parwaaz. Pravah also provided several exposure and training opportunities to the SAHER team so that they could develop their skills and understanding of youth development. At an institutional level, Pravah facilitated the SAHER team to explore what they were doing in Jogeshwari, why they were doing it, what their strengths and areas of improvement were and how they could achieve their objectives. A large part of the “how” concerned staffing, roles and building capacities of the team in facilitation and conflict positive. Today, SAHER has not only expanded its program to a second college, but also launched an adolescent program and a community centre in Jogeshwari. Moreover, it has facilitated similar team building processes with Magic Bus, an NGO building life skills in youth through sports.
Pravah-NSS Partnership : Pravah along with NSS, Delhi University has jointly designed a pilot intervention in five selected colleges of Delhi University. The aim is to synergise Pravah’s experience and resource of knowledge, skills and expertise with ongoing NSS programmes for cadres of student volunteers for cross-fertilization of ideas, learnings and impactful youth-centric processes.
The incubation story is an active translation of our strategy to increase our outreach in an organic way that promotes ownership right to the field and allows energy to be built up and released at all levels. All concerned do what they are best at and without needing undue interference and creation of the inevitable eco system of citizenship education and action facilitators and organizations all over the country.
Pravah Jaipur Initiative: Our exchange with young people and organizations across the city of Jaipur led us to discover that while Rajasthan is known for its social activism across the world, the young people in Jaipur tend to be very disconnected from this legacy. The city is undergoing a number of changes which is resulting in a lot of turmoil. In terms of aspirations, the city is looking towards Delhi- malls, multi- storied buildings and call centers. Personality development, English speaking classes and tuitions for civil services among others are on the rise. Dealing with this fast paced urbanisation while being rooted in the cultural tradition has created a tough situation for young people.
It with this belief that we started the The Youth Resource Centre also knows as the Pravah Japiur Initiative (PJI). It is a knowledge bank of various programmes, and opportunities for young people. PJI is currently offers :
1. Creative media fellowships for youth development: to encourage the use of creative media such as theatre, art, comics, writing, photography, music and sculpting in this field. These will be offered in both urban as well as rural spaces and both in monetary and non- monetary forms.
2. National and international learning opportunities in the form of workshops, seminars, fellowships, awards, internships, exposures, and volunteering placements.
3. Capacity building workshops with adolescents and youth and organizations engaging youth in different ways, including schools, colleges and NGOs.
4. Public platforms in partnership with other organizations for youth engagement through Youth Festivals, youth clubs, volunteering placements, skill and issue meetings, and exposure and internship opportunities.
Commutiny- The Youth Collective is a group of progressive and like minded individuals/organisations who have a passion and belief in the power of young people to bring about social change. As a group we wish to encourage, strengthen, make visible and applaud young people’s questioning and exploration of the complex issues in the human and natural worlds, and their actions to bring about a positive change.
For this they are creating a common platform for youth development and youth action, creating a positive image in relation to youth citizenship action, developing a bridge between policy makers and influencers to strengthen youth programmes and bringing more organisations towards youth development.
For more information on The Youth Collective and the Commutiny journey visit www.commutiny.in