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Youth Awards for Social Initiatives

2006 - 2007 : Gender Equality

Also see YASI 2004-2005 : HIV/AIDS
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This time YASI covered Kolkata city and three southern districts of West Bengal; South & North 24 Paragnas and Howrah.

Trainings were aimed at creating Changemakers, who would commit to making a change in their own lives, and influencing their peers in creating a more just society without discrimination and violence against women.

About 10,000 Changemakers were created over a period of 10 months (June '06 to March '07)

     

    Unlike its predecessor, YASI 06 -07 was a noncompetitive process. All youth initiatives were showcased, and acknowledged as equals in the final event.

More on this page

Project Stages | Training module | Initiatives by College Groups | Initiatives by Community Clubs | List of Trainings & Youth Initiatives | Youth Initiatives Presentation


YASI (06-07) Project Partners

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We Can Campaign
www.wecanendvaw.org

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Thoughtshop Foundation


Project Stages

Pilot & Launch | Stage I | Stage II | Stage III | Acknowledgement Event


Pilot & Launch

June - August 2006

A two month pilot was conducted before the launch of the programme to build partnerships, fine tune implementation systems and assess communication needs.

The project was launched in August 2006 amongst youth networks, youth groups and colleges.

Four Partner youth groups (RKS, YUVA, BSS and YFD) who had participated in YASI 2004-05 stepped up to take forward the work in the districts.

one of the pilot events; a street performance

Stage I : Training

June 2006 to March 2007

3600 young people across different sections of society were trained. These young people were the first to take the oath to become Changemakers.

particapants use voting cards at a school workshop


Stage II : Hand holding of Teams

November 2006 to March 2007

Young people planned individually as well as in groups to create more Changemakers. Over 30 proposals were received. In consultation with the partner organisations and Thoughtshop Foundation, the teams developed their ideas, upgraded their knowledge and skills to be able to conduct events.
28 "planning sessions" were organised at different locations, and this process ran parallel to Stage III...

planning session

 


Stage III : Youth Initiatives

November 2006 to March 2007

Over a period of 5 months, Changemakers had organised nearly 50 events in Kolkata and neighbouring districts, reaching out to create another 6400 Changemakers. These events were monitored and documented by a team of observers.

youth teams conduct street workshops


Acknowledgement Event

July 28, 2007

Youth initiatives were showcased at Madhusudan Manch, Kolkata. Over 600 young people attended the programme along with their family and friends. The event was also attended by organisations working on similar issues, and representatives from the media.

Chief Guests at the event were five ordinary men and women who have broken gender stereotypes in their own lives.

YASI event at Madhusudan Manch. KBC in prgress.

Changemakers shared the impact of the campaign on their lives, and later, all participants were given certificates to acknowledge their initiatives.

participating teams explain their work.

The programme was anchored by popular RJ's Pragya and Rakesh, courtesy BIG FM. They engaged the audience with an Interactive game "Kaun Banega Changemaker" that was specially designed for the event.

pragya and rakesh

 

Training Modules

Training tools and methodology are detailed in Changemakers Tools page. Workbooks and Posters (part of the We Can Changemakers kit) were used for one to one interactions, and Facilitators tools, particularly the large picture cards were used for large audiences.

young facilitators practice using tools

Youth Initiatives: College Groups

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


Vidyasagar School of Social Work

Highlights: Organised and conducted workshops in a school, slum communities and a local organisation. Created 325 Changemakers through individual and group efforts.

community workshop


Maulana Azad College

Highlights: Scripted and performed a play “Kaffan”.Organised a debate on Gender Equity in the college. Created 365 Changemakers through individual and group efforts.

debate

Baruipur College

Highlights: Organised and conducted a workshop in a remote Sunderban village. Wrote poems, published an article in a magazine. Created 250 Changemakers through individual and group efforts.

Baruipur College team with teachers at a workshop


Rishi Bankim Chandra College, Naihati

Highlights: Scripted and performed a play “Sarbajaya” on NSS Day. Used Changemaker Workbooks during College Fest to create Changemakers. in the college. Created 600 Changemakers through individual and group efforts.

students gather after a successful workshop


St. Thomas College of Engineering and Technology

Highlights: Organised and conducted a workshop in the College. Created 90 Changemakers through individual and group efforts

students take the Changemakers oath after the workshop


Women’s Christian College

Highlights: Organised and conducted a quiz on Gender Equity in the college.

students conducting a quiz


Jadavpur University

Highlights: Students Bijetri and Anasuya used workshops and street quiz to create Changemakers.

street quiz on campus


Maharani Kashishwari College

Highlights: Individual students created Changemakers.

 

Youth Initiatives: Community Clubs and Youth Networks

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13


Ramnarayanpur Kalika Sangha

Highlights: Organized and conducted workshops in 8 blocks of South 24 Paragnas. 2 of these groups took up the campaign in their own areas Introduced the campaign at other platforms e.g. NYK Leadership Training, NSV training. Created 850 Changemakers through group and individual efforts.

RKS team

Gabberia Science Research Institute

Highlight: Scripted and performed a stage play Lajja” Went door to door with the campaign message and created Changemakers. Created 320 Changemakers through different efforts.

GSRI team


Ramchandrapur Rangin Sangha

Highlights: Organised a cycle rally with 52 members Performed skits at street corners. Created 150 Changemakers through individual efforts.

RRS team

Bidhan Seva Sadan

Highlights: Organised 4 workshops in 4 blocks of Howrah, reaching young people from different youth clubs. Introduced the campaign at other platforms e.g. Youth Convention, NYK Leadership Training, NSV training. Got NYK Youth Volunteers to be actively involved in the campaign. Created 910 Changemakers through individual and group efforts.

interactive workshop

Amta Shib Sangha

Highlights: Members Somnath Majumdar & Sanju Naskar conducted a workshop and created 36 Changemakers.

 

Gazipur Youth Club

Highlights: Member Utpal created 30 Changemakers at his club.

 

Kanpur Seva Sangha

Highlights: Members Barnali, Sk. Mijanur, Mrityunjoy and Papia created 100 young Changemakers.

KSS team

Agradut Pally Unnayan Samiti and Baidyanath Bidyamandir

Highlights: Members Gita, Sayanti, Tulu, Dipak, Dibyendu from Udaynarayanpur created 100 Changemakers.

 


YUVA

Highlights: Organised 3 workshops in a club, school and college Introduced the campaign at CII Kolkata Run for Youth City Marathon, on web Orkut community. Created 1400 Changemakers through group and individual efforts

YUVA team leaders preparing before a workshop

NCC 33 Bengal Battalion

Highlights: 33 Bengal Battalion took up "We Can" as one of its social initiatives in which all its schools and colleges participated.

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ballygunge
  • Bhangar College
  • Nischintapur High School
  • Shibkalinagar High School
  • Birlapur High School
  • Ramakrishna Mission, Sarisha
  • Sherpur High School
  • Bratacharya High School

Col Bhatt with NCC representatives

Bhangar Mahavidyalaya and Nischintapur High School

Highlights: Students created skits which they performed around their Camp in Diamond Harbour. Created 64 Changemakers.

another interactive workshop

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ballygunge

Highlights: Students spoke to their peers, friends, and created 189 Changemakers.

students at KV

Ramakrishna Mission Sarisha

Highlights: Students created 775 Changemakers amongst their classmates.

NCC cadets at workshop

Pilot & Stage I: List of Training Workshops

 #

Date

Name

Location

Changemakers

1
19.06.06
Ghoshpara Mela
24 P (N)/ Nadia
30
2
20.06.06
TF College Youth
Kolkata
29
3
21.06.06
NCC Camp
24 P (S)
125
4
23.06.06
NYK Volunteer Training
24 P (N)
49
5
24.06.06
NYK: BSSL
Kolkata
55
6
29.06.06
NGO LWS
Kolkata
57
7
05.07.06
NCC Camp
24 P (S)
147
8
09.07.06
Narayan Sheethi
24 P (S)
85
9
13.07.06
NGO: Ankur
Kolkata
40
10
19.07.06
School: Mirzapur
24 P (S)
114
11
23.07.06
NYK: RKS
24 P (S)
65
12
25.07.06
NYK: Howrah Club
Howrah
92
13
28.07.06
NYK: Garden Reach Club
Kolkata
105
14
29.07.06
NSS: Naihati College
24 P (N)
49
15
30.07.06
NYK: Tangra Green Club
Kolkata
75
16
31.07.06
St. Thomas College
Kolkata
89
17
02.08.06
NCC Camp
24 P (S)
75
18
31.08.06
St. Xavier's College
Kolkata
56
19
11.11.06
Maharani Kashishwari College
Kolkata
66
20
14.11.06
Rastraguru Surendranath College
24 P (S)
97
21
15.11.06
Ramchandrapur Rangin Sangha
24 P (N)
108
22
17.11.06
Muralidhar College
Kolkata
81
23
18.11.06
Jadavpur Janajiban Unnayan Samiti
24 P (S)
65
24
19.11.06
Jatiyo Krira O Shakti Sangha
24 P (S)
72
25
20.11.06
NYK Leadership Training, Udaynarayanpur
Howrah
77
26
21.11.06
NCC: Diamond Harbour
Kolkata
104
27
21.11.06
Banishika Mahila Samiti, Pathar Pratima
24 P (S)
67
28
22.11.06
Baruipur College
24 P (S)
35
29
23.11.06
Maulana Azad College
Kolkata
145
30
25.11.06
Rishi Bankim Chandra College
24 P (N)
48
31
25.11.06
Dolonghata Vivekananda Rural Dev. Society
24 P (S)
86
32
26.11.06
YFD
24 P (N)
35
33
26.11.06
Goyalberia Udayan Sangha, Jaynagar
24 P (S)
55
34
29.11.06
Ghatakpur Abhijatri Sangha
24 P (S)
74
35
04.12.06
Rabindra Bharati University
Kolkata
33
36
08.12.06
Vidyasagar Sc. Of Social Work
Kolkata
63
37
17.12.06
YUVA
Kolkata
45
38
17.12.06
Namkhana Maitri Sangha
24 P (S)
55
39
20.12.06
Calcutta Samaritans
Kolkata
18
40
21.12.06
NYK Leadership Training
24 P (S)
35
41
27.12.06
NYK NSV Training
24 P (S)
37
42
01.01.07
NYK Leadership Training, Khanpur
Howrah
61
43
17.01.07
Bankim Girls School, Kidderpore
Kolkata
190
44
25.01.07
Narit
Howrah
80
45
10.02.07
Santragachi
Howrah
62
46
14.03.07
Women's Christian College
Kolkata
137
47
27.03.07
State Level Youth Convention NYK
Howrah
30
48
17.03. 07
Tajpur training with school teachers
Howrah
115
49
18.03. 07
Training of Gram Panchayat under YPPTA Project of NYK
Howrah
50
50
01.03.07
Regional Level NYS Training NYK
Howrah
41

Stage III: Changemakers' Initiatives

 #

Date

Group Name

Type of Event

Changemakers

1
04.11.06
Rishi Bankim Chandra College
stage play
50
2
21.12.06
Calcutta Samaritans
street play
20
3
24.12.06
Amar Smriti Club (1st level on 20.11.06)
mela play
76
4
04.01.07
Rishi Bankim Chandra College
stage play. workbooks
173
5
05.01.07
6
06.01.07
7
23.01.07
Vidyasagar Sc. Of Social Work
workshop
36
8
26.01.07
NYK South kolkata
workshop
20
9
10.02.07
Vidyasagar Sc. Of Social Work
workshop
146
10
16.02.07
NYK South kolkata
workshop
21
11
17.02.07
Ramchandrapur Rangin Sangha
Rally . 1 to 1 interactions
338
12
25.02.07
YUVA
marathon
20
13
02.03.07
Namkhana Maitri Sangha
stage play. individual effort
58
14
02.03.07
Jadavpur University
street quiz
19
15
06.03.07
Maulana Azad College
debates, stage play . 1 to 1 interactions
400
16
08.03.07
TF Volunteer Group
street show. workbooks
198
17
10.03.07
Vidyasagar Sc. Of Social Work
skits
60
18
24.03.07
Jogmaya College
workshop
132
19
24.03.07
Vidyasagar Sc. Of Social Work
workshop
58
20
27.03.07
Basirhat Elite Club
workshop
58
21
27.03.07
Basirhat Satadal Sangha
stage skits
100
22
27.03.07
YFD
1 to 1 interactions in train : Hasnabad local
35
23
27.03.07
Vidyasagar Sc. Of Social Work
workshop, skits
53
24
28.03.07
Dinabandhu College, Bongaon
workshop
42
25
29.03.07
Baijayanti Club, Bongaon
workshop, skits
30
26
29.03.07
YFD
1 to 1 interactions in train : Bongaon local
47
27
30.03.07
Namkhana Maitri Sangha .RKS
stage play
153
28
30.03.07
Banipur Women's ITI College, Habra
workshop
2
29
30.03.07
YFD
1 to 1 interactions in train : Habra local
84
30
30.03.07
Amta Shib Sangha
workshop
36
31
31.03.07
Sri Chaitanya College, Habra
workshop
22
32
31.03.07
Banipur women's College, Habra
workshop
17
33
31.03.07
Duttapukur Agragami Sangha
workshop
13
34
31.03.07
Rotary Club of Madhyamgram Metropolitan
workshop
115
35
31.03.07
Netaji Satabarshiki College, Habra
workshop
8
36
31.03.07
YFD
1 to 1 interactions in train : Habra local, again
2
37
many
Ankur Peer Leaders
1 to 1 interactions
177
38
many
Maharani Kashishwari College
1 to 1 interactions
61
39
many
Baruipur College
1 to 1 interactions
179
40
many
Rishi Bankim Chandra College
1 to 1 interactions
150
41
many
NYK Leadership Training, Udaynarayanpur
1 to 1 interactions
33
42
many
RKS
1 to 1 interactions
180
43
many
YUVA
Online interactions (Orkut)
31
44
many
Bankim Girls School, Kidderpore
1 to 1 interactions
746
45
many
YUVA
1 to 1 interactions
383
46
many
YFD
1 to 1 interactions
11
47
many
Howrah Club
1 to 1 interactions
325
48
many
NYK Leadership Training, Kanpur
1 to 1 interactions
81
49
many
Howrah club (Narit)
1 to 1 interactions
36
50
many
Changemaker Anjana
1 to 1 interactions
85
51
many
Changemaker Tapan
1 to 1 interactions
20
52
many
Changemakers Uma and Krishna
1 to 1 interactions
298
53
many
Changemakers Piyali and Monalisa
1 to 1 interactions
58
54
many
Namkhana Science & Research Institute
1 to 1 interactions
300
55
many
Signed Changemakers forms handed in by several participating individuals / groups
1 to 1 interactions
506

Youth Initiatives Presentation

To showcase youth initiatives at the final event, a special slide show was created to help participants to present their own work to the audience. This presentation includes event highlights, photos and brief write-ups on participants' experiences.

 
WeCan YASI slideshow
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