Dear everyone, 5 years ago on this day, we launchedÂ YouthKiAwaaz.com, as a platform for you to speak up on issues of importance – to demand and achieve more stake in the problems of the country. Some really fabulous stuff has happened since:
We took upÂ issues that the mainstream media had been ignoring since long,Â some really impactful stories that helpedÂ build Government pressure, an experience shared by one of ourÂ writer’s that exposedÂ how women’s security in the Delhi metro is suffering – which has been our most read and shared story till date.
When we started, we weren’t really sure how the youth would respond to our stories, but your belief in our work, the platform and the stories shared has been tremendous.
As I write this letter to you, we are on the verge of crossing 6 million readers, have crossed 20,000 writers, and have trained nearly 1500 interns as a part ofÂ our training program. We won 2 prestigiousÂ United Nations’ awards for journalism, youth empowermentÂ andÂ innovation.
This year was notably good for us, from a team of volunteers, we have grown to a team of 6 full time staffers – we have launchedÂ India’s first mobile service for the youth to call and record their opinions or report eventsÂ – and are heading into more advocacy and influence building for the youth.
Here’s to the next 5 years!
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Youth Ki Awaaz: Mouthpiece for the Youth