Dear Youth: Thank You! Celebrating 5 Years Of Youth Ki Awaaz

Posted on March 31, 2013 in Youth Ki Awaaz news

Dear everyone, 5 years ago on this day, we launched 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 up issues that the mainstream media had been ignoring since long, some really impactful stories that helped build Government pressure, an experience shared by one of our writer’s that exposed 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 of our training program. We won 2 prestigious United Nations’ awards for journalism, youth empowerment and 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 launched India’s first mobile service for the youth to call and record their opinions or report events – and are heading into more advocacy and influence building for the youth.

Here’s to the next 5 years!

Ps: Here’s an account of my journey in Youth Ki Awaaz over the last 5 years.

Yours sincerely,
Anshul Tewari
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Youth Ki Awaaz: Mouthpiece for the Youth
www.youthkiawaaz.com

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