Shaping community leaders: introductory meeting to formulate Youth Group held at Deepalaya’s VTC Centre in Kakrola

A first-of-its-kind youth group meeting was conducted on 16th January, 2018 at Deepalaya’s VTC Centre in Kakrola. 63 youth volunteers, including registered members from VTC Kakrola and VTC Patel Garden, and youngsters from neighboring communities participated in the meeting. From Deepalaya, Ms. Anita Rana (Assistant Manager); Mr. Pradeep Chauhan, Computer Teacher; Ms. Sakshi Gaba, Instructor- English, and Ms. Manju, Community Mobilizer were present as the curators and supervisors of the session.

Ravi Pahuja 19-Oct-2020

Youth Group was formed at Deepalaya, Dwarka

A first-of-its-kind youth group meeting was conducted on 16th January, 2018 at Deepalaya’s VTC Centre in Kakrola. 63 youth volunteers, including registered members from VTC Kakrola and VTC Patel Garden, and youngsters from neighboring communities participated in the meeting. From Deepalaya, Ms. Anita Rana (Assistant Manager); Mr. Pradeep Chauhan, Computer Teacher; Ms. Sakshi Gaba, Instructor- Englishand Ms. Manju, Community Mobilizer were present as the curators and supervisors of the session.  The objectives of the meeting were to ensure the following:

  • Create a group which will motivate members/youth to enhance their hidden talent and build a platform for the same
  • To become a platform to help youth and develop their leadership qualities through this group.
  • Provide opportunities to the youth in the field of employment and academics through counseling sessions and developing a platform to inform them regarding the opportunities
  • Involve youth in educational activities and motivate them to pursue their education by keeping them informed and provide guidance about the admissions in different types of institutions.
  • Establish and maintain a Youth Group that builds youth capacity to participate in the community
  • To make students aware about the problems they face in day to day life and issues prevailing in their society and find solutions for the same to bring a change
  • To create awareness amongst youth and hence the community
  • To build Youth Self Help Groups achieve their financial goals and financial literacy by collaboration

    The meeting kicked off with an interactive session, where the youth present introduced themselves. Deepalaya conducted an icebreaker Ball round to engage them all. They felt comfortable with each other and the facilitators, and shared their names, qualification, work and goals one by one. This was followed by a brief introduction and vision & mission of the organization. After that, Mr. Pradeep Kumar explained in detail about the purpose, and short-term and long term goals that we want to achieve via the youth group.

    A presentation on Leadership was shown to make them understand the importance of leadership qualities, and what will happen in the absence of leaders. It was an interactive presentation, explaining the meaning and need of leadership skills in youth. It aimed to bring their attention towards the necessity to build young leaders, qualities and attributes of a good leader and how can they develop leadership qualities in themselves through this platform. We also showcased 3 short films on leadership, which were enjoyed by all. In the end, certificates were distributed to students who passed out from our VTC courses by Ms Anita Rana. One of local boys, Gautam, also a student of VTC Kakrola, performed a rap song to conclude the programme.

    The meeting was highly fruitful and effective, as everyone agreed to formulate Deepalaya Youth Group at Dwarka. The next meeting will be held on 9th of February. Choosing a name of the youth group was the given home work to participants, and their suggestions will be taken into account in the next meeting.

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Ravi Pahuja

Noida

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