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he YP Foundation (TYPF) is a youth -run and -led organization that supports and enables young people to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts and governance.
The organization promotes, protects and advances young people’s human rights by building feminist leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements.
Founded in 2002, TYPF has worked directly with 6,500 young people to set up over 300 projects in India over the last 12 years, reaching out to 450,000 adolescents and young people between 3-28 years of age.
Our aim is to enable young people to internalize and engage in social justice, equity and social change processes, such that they can carry forward these linkages in their personal lives and not limit them to a one-time experience of working at TYPF. The impact and change that young people create is both at structural (policy and community) and personal levels. It resonates from personal beliefs and values that young people themselves hold, and the choices made by them.
TYPF encourages young people to take education outside the classroom and apply their skills, knowledge and innovation towards instituting practical solutions to Human Rights issues they have identified in their communities.
We believe in empowering young people’s access to information, services and rights such that they can build collective platforms to challenge and develop their leadership potential. We empower young people by supporting their work through four key focus areas:
Youth Leaders in 2014. All young people who join as peer educators or volunteers undergo 3-4 months of technical and skills training before implementing programmes in communities with their peers, with supervision and support from staff at TYPF. (Uttar Pradesh)
Young people design and implement peer-to-peer programmes, including workshops and campaigns that promote informed decision making and access to evidence-based information that promote young people’s health and rights. Collaborations work across diverse issues of gender, sexuality, health and rights; peer pressure and mental health; life skills and education; governance and accountability (voter mobilization, policy assessment and dialogue, social audits and the active engagement of young people in government processes).
This three-fold strategy is based on the premise that grassroots voices should directly represent local realities at global levels and these should influence how rights-based policies are formulated. TYPF coordinates and supports national, regional and local-level campaigns that focus on building young people’s leadership in policy and decision-making processes to ensure that young people’s rights are ensured within their own communities.
TYPF focuses on developing young people’s communication and technical skills through work in film, digital media, and literature; providing platforms to young artists to promote independent music in India and support the growth of music education in India. The focus is to ensure that young people can have access to livelihood and vocational opportunities related to these skills.
TYPF works primarily in the National Capital Region (NCR) with youth-led groups across India, through a model of community-based partnerships that focuses on skill-sharing, capacity-building workshops and supporting youth-led, state-level advocacy efforts. We have collaborated with youth groups and young activists from 18 states across India, including Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kashmir, Jammu, Nagaland, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Bihar. TYPF works both in partnership with organisations as well as directly implements programmes in communities to ensure that programmes can be sustainable at local levels across multiple years.