Young people constitute the majority of the world’s population today. In 2015, a global figure of 1.2 billion aged 15-24 accounted for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals, the number of youth is projected to have grown by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. This is indeed the largest youth cohort the world has ever seen.
However, the majority of young people living in developing countries struggle to attain basic needs in terms of education and training, gainful employment and sustainable livelihoods, health care services, as well as civil liberties and political participation. Without access to these basic needs, young people have no means to grow, establish families, support their offspring and fully contribute to society.
These social, economic and political needs are fundamental for improving young people’s lives, eradicating poverty and hunger and promoting well-being and more inclusive peaceful societies. The World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) clearly highlights the importance of these social issues as fundamental pillars for sound and effective youth social development. These social development issues have been repeatedly recognized and acknowledged by governments, as well as by young people and youth-led organizations, as important challenges facing the younger generations today. Therefore, peace, security and sustainable development can only be achieved by tackling the social, economic and political issues affecting young people in a holistic and integrated manner.
In 2016, Audacious Dreams Foundation (ADF), a social organization in India, came up with a new programme aimed to inspire, inform, engage, enable and empower youth for global understanding and sustainable development through volunteerism.
VIP (Volunteer-Innovate-Participate) is a programme to promote youth volunteerism for nation building and sustainable development by empowering themselves and community around through doing social innovations/contributions. The VIP promotes participatory learning through volunteerism and makes the young people from the local community to participate in the skills development (self) and community development (to others) by undertaking structured volunteer programme for up to 500 hours per year.
Objectives of the Project
- Mainstreaming youth to involve in Post 2015 Development Agenda and to engage contribute for the success of sustainable development goals
- Providing youth an opportunity to participate in the nation building process
- To learn the skills including functional, life skills and vocational skills
- To initiate and participate in service learning projects
- Providing working space for youth to frame, exhibit their skills and mentoring them with various leadership coach
- To provide organized, structured platform for women and girls to empower themselves and community by initiative volunteer services
- Mainstreaming Professional Youth Work
The youth participants contribute for volunteer/social innovation for nation build according to their interest and opportunities through:
- Self-Empowerment (with choice of any service or skill building activity to improve them (50%)
- Community Empowerment (with choice any volunteering activity which benefits the society (50%).
The participants take diversified project according to the needs of the community including but not limited to:
- Empowering young people and adolescent girls through life skills
- Mainstreaming youth in local governance
- Education on civic citizenship and participatory youth governance
- Sports for Development
- Promoting gender equality and adolescent health
- Social enterprise
- Skill building
- Ensuring quality education and teaching in marginalized communities
- Rural youth development
- Forming and Strengthening women self-help groups in rural and marginalized areas
- Volunteering in development organizations
- Strengthening institutional youth agencies (student and academic councils)
- discipline committee, campus coordination etc
Achievements: Currently the program has benefited and empowered over 400 youth from India with leadership, interpersonal and project management skills.
Partners: The project is being implemented in collaboration with Indian Educational institutions and community leaders.
Budget: 25,000 USD to support 1000 volunteers to participate in one year programme
Audacious Dreams Foundation
Goodanagaram Road, Gudiyattam 632602
Vellore Dt, Tamilnadu India