Y-Map Member: The YP Foundation

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About the Organization

The YP Foundation is a youth-run and led organisation that supports and develops youth leadership to advance rights of young women, girls and other marginalised youth.

How can youths get involved?

We offer opportunities for volunteers, interns, consultants, and full time staff. All information about open positions and application processes can be found on our website: www.theypfoundation.org

How we solve social issues related to SDGs?

SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are a crucial aspect of young people’s well being. As they navigate through puberty, adolescents face multiple challenges in understanding themselves and their surroundings. A lack of complete and unbiased information on bodies, relationships, gender, sexuality, power, patriarchy, identity, sexual and reproductive health and other such issues continues well into young personhood. TYPF works with young people to fill that information gap through access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education which provides complete and unbiased information to young people and adolescents about the aforementioned issues, thereby encouraging healthy and informed decision-making about their health and rights.

SDG 5: Gender Equality Although all of TYPF’s work adopts a feminist and rights-based lens, some of our programmes are focussed specifically on building feminist leadership of young women and marginalised youth. The Butterfly Project works on enabling young women from marginalised communities in low-resource settings to creatively address gender & discrimination through digital media, while our research-based programme on masculinities works with young men and boys on eliminating gender-based violence (GBV) by questioning patriarchal notions and norms of masculinity.

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities Meaningful Youth Participation is at the help of TYPF’s work. Through policy advocacy, we strive to create enabling platforms for young people at local, regional, national and international levels to speak about their lives and advocate for their rights directly with gatekeepers such as service providers and policymakers. By ensuring that agency lies with young people, we work towards reducing the inequality on policy platforms where young people are otherwise included only as tokens or excluded altogether.

What do we think is the biggest problem in society? Why?

Inequality is the biggest problem in society, because it creates oppressive power structures that then work to maintain this inequality. Though inequality can manifest in many different ways, it always is rooted in the belief that one person is somehow less valuable than another, that their voice is not as important, and that their human rights can be made secondary to someone else’s. We at The YP Foundation strive to address inequality that arises from bias and discrimination towards marginalised communities and leads to a lack of access to resources and opportunities. By creating avenues for meaningful youth participation, we try to ensure that silenced voices are amplified and that young people have agency to make decisions about their lives, so that the inequality at the decision making level is mitigated, which can then trickle down to inequality at the grassroots.

Project or event happening currently?

We are currently in the process of creating a master curriculum for Comprehensive Sexuality Education which can be implemented with older adolescents aged 14-19 year olds. The master curriculum is context specific and collates all insights as well as learning from the implementation of CSE across 4 states in India in the past. The purpose of creating an interactive curriculum, complete with a facilitator’s manual and complementary tools is to help young people drive the conversation on sexual and reproductive health and rights within their communities. This curriculum will follow UNESCO’s ITGSE and will be made available for public use in the future.

Realising Commitments on Family Planning is an advocacy project wherein we hold regional consultations to develop a collective understanding of the present context of youth SRHR and Adolescent Health in the region; to examine strengths, challenges and opportunities for convergences across various active SRHR and Adolescent Health Interventions in the region, and to frame recommendations for different stakeholders towards advancing SRHR and Adolescent Health needs of young people.

Most impressive achievement that we have done?

The YP Foundation held a two-day national level advocacy conclave in New Delhi through 29th and 30th August 2018 with 170 young people from 17 states to engage with policymakers and other relevant stakeholders on issues of adolescent health, gender and well-being. It brought together youth, government representatives, technical agencies and civil society stakeholders on an equal-footing platform to effectuate a range of focused multi-stakeholder discussions towards affecting youth-informed programming and policy.

There was a lot of discussion and deliberation on policies designed for young people, by the participants with various stakeholders. With enriching conversations in small and large groups on 29th, young people set the tone for further discussions with government representatives on 30th.

On 30th August, we saw youth engagement with stakeholders through plenary discussions which were held in a fish bowl format, which made sure there was sufficient involvement of young people in these conversations and that they were able to come on stage to ask their respective questions.

Find out more about us on…

Website: http://www.theypfoundation.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theypfoundation/

Email: ipsa@theypfoundation.org