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YOUTH KI AWAAZ

ACTION NETWORK

Take your advocacy campaigns to the next level to create greater impact.

 

While the world is facing some of the toughest challenges we've ever seen - from climate change to inequality - young people are leading the way to creating a better, more just world. From path-breaking national movements, conducting powerful journalism, to creating social enterprises, the true power to positively influence and impact the world lies with young people.

The Youth Ki Awaaz Action Network is a programme to enable such changemakers working on key Sustainable Development Goals to scale the impact of their existing projects and campaigns.

As a part of its 3-day residential bootcamp, you get to learn how to mobilise and organise more young people to join your movement, build a media and public narrative around your issues, create effective and engaging campaigns, as well as create decision-maker engagement that leads to policy impact and action.

The programme is currently looking for young changemakers who are working on climate action, through projects, campaigns, citizen's movements, or as journalists and highlight the need for policy action. If you are eager and enthusiastic to act on the climate crises and want to learn key campaigning, policy action and public narrative building skills, this is an opportunity for you to be a part of a network and amplify your impact.

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What You Stand To Gain


Designing A Campaign

From conceptualising an effective campaign to launching it, learn the ropes of how campaigns with a tangible call-to-action align with potential policy change and community impact.


Content Creation and Amplification

Leveraging different digital media platforms and creating content that communicates in the most powerful manner - moving people from information to action.


Understanding The Policy Instrument

Understanding how existing and potential policies impact your work, and building a solid knowledge base to draw linkages between local policies, political commitments and global moments.


Decision Maker Engagement

Identifying relevant policy stakeholders and power mapping to build influence decision making.


Influencing The Public Narrative

Working with and managing the local media to change popular public perceptions on issues and highlight aspects that need attention.


Get Support

After the completion of the workshop, you will be offered an opportunity to be among the 10 best projects to receive a seed grant to launch your projects and campaigns to help scale your work.

 

Learn from some of the best campaign, media, and public policy experts in the country.

Who Should Apply

 

Applicants must be under 35 years of age, who are either running their own projects/organisations/campaigns, have worked extensively on this issue with another organisation. You can also be a journalist covering the issue, or someone with a bold idea.

 

Should be committed to carrying out their project for at least 6 months with a minimum of 10 hours per week.

 

Should have an active social media presence on at least one platform with a basic understanding of how platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat work.

 

Must possess a working knowledge of both Hindi and English - sessions can be bilingual.

Ongoing Action Networks

Climate Action

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Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

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Upcoming Action Network Workshops

The Action Network is an all expense-paid opportunity, so everything from your application to the workshop are free of cost!

Once you apply, you will be a part of an all expense paid workshop-training programme for two days - your meals, travel and stay will be on us! We're also on the lookout for committed changemakers, who will spend time on building their project after the workshop - we're talking 6 months or more!

Quick tips to make your entry stand out:

  1. Make sure that the issue you wish to tackle is specific and localised
  2. Keep your plan to highlight solutions to the issue handy - if you have a clear idea as to which decision maker you want solutions from with your campaign, nothing like it!
  3. Your plan should be realistic. Set an achievable goal for yourself.

PS. Not every issue around climate change needs to be addressed to the Union Minister! The more specific, intersectional and localised your plan of action, the higher chances of impact!

Your application only covers your participation in the workshop and only you are eligible for the grant, should you be selected. However, if you have someone in mind who would be interested, we urge you to spread the word and have them apply for the Action Network too!

Upon completion of the workshop, you will be eligible for a seed grant of ₹50,000 to kickstart your campaign. The process to apply for the grant will be made clearer after you've attended the workshop training. There are some prescribed benchmarks you would have to meet to qualify!

If you have another question, don't hesitate to drop us a line here!

 

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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