For several years now, a lot of work has been done attempting to elevate urban youth from underprivileged backgrounds focusing on skill training and job placements. But our urban poor youth are unable to tap into these opportunities and hold on to jobs.
Why do such initiatives not have the desired impact and why do youth opt out of jobs, undergo depression, substance abuse, and even criminal behavior? A possible answer: efforts at building employability in youngsters do not nurture their emotional intelligence, which could help them find fulfilment in their work and thus sustain a vocation.
Yuva Jagriti is anchored in this belief. We build capacity in youth to understand and achieve their dreams, through holistic self-development, and not just vocational training.
In our experience, the one key factor that underlies any inner transformational experience, is the extent to which the person feels in control of the change and the power she/he experiences to make a change happen. With this in mind, the Yuva Café is conceptualized, developed and run by the youth themselves.The core purpose of the Yuva café is to create a common platform for the youth to converge for developmental opportunities.
We begin by understanding the youth’s character, interests, and competencies, to work with their strengths.
We next help them manage the emotional upheavals of their lives and channelize attitudes towards positive goals, through personality development, mentoring, and coaching.
Youth undergo a transformative journey towards realising their inner potential. It fuels their confidence to overcome their socio-economic-emotional circumstances and carve out a path of a new future.