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Antarang is looking for committed, passionate full time and part time trainers. It is the trainer who makes all the difference in the lives of the youth. Our best and most inspired trainers are graduates with at least 2 years of corporate experience who are willing to spend at least 3 hours a day to ensure that every young person in our city is passionately, productively and positively engaged in a career of his/her choice. If you think you can take on the challenge to change the lives of young people, write in to us at hr@antarangfoundation.org or call 02240050943IMG_8848

Calling all youth

Worldwide, we are staring at a worsening youth employment crisis – young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO has warned of a ‘scarred’ generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world.

While it is said that the world will experience a shortage of young population by around 56 million by 2020, closer home, India will have a surplus young force of 47 million at that time.

Thus the Cabinet approval of Rs 1500 crore for the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), comes as a breath of fresh air. The scheme aims to provide skills training to youth, including Class 10 and 12 drop outs and hopes to cover 24 lakh youth. The training would include soft skills, personal grooming, behavioural change for cleanliness and good work ethics. A monetary reward will be given to trainees on assessment and certification by third party assessment bodies. The average monetary reward would be around Rs 8,000 per trainee. The scheme will also provide mentorship support and placement facilitation.

The scheme will not only tackle the youth unemployment vs unavailability of skilled labour in the job market, but also see a dip in the crime rate in the vulnerable rung of society.

While the scheme boasts to be a perfect plan that targets the high unemployment rate in the country, what is left to be seen is the perfection in implementation.
Read about PMKVY at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46638541.cms?from=mdr&utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Turning Point

Today, when I went into my session I did not anticipate what was going to take place over the next 3 hours.

Over the weekend, I had taken the Mahalaxmi group for the Exposure Visit to Phoenix. Most of them had already been here but for a couple in the group it was their first time. What I was most impressed was that they all were on time, dressed well and in fact called me to ask me where I was and what time I was going to be there. Mallika and I split them into two groups. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves at Hamley’s and Big Bazaar. They were most intrigued by the insightful talk given by the Manager and Chef at Café Moshe and they heard him out patiently. After which they were taken to McDonalds to eat. Of course, they had a gala time.

In all honesty I didn’t believe that this Exposure visit would have any impact on the kids. I was completely mistaken. Today when I entered my session I didn’t anticipate what was going to take place over the next 3 hours. Harshal who from the beginning never really spoke because he felt that his English was weak came alive through the session. He was quick to volunteer and took part enthusiastically in the two role plays conducted. We were all awestruck to see him act fabulously and I smiled a happy smile. I feel somewhere that the class dynamics has changed and I am hoping that it stays this way for the coming months.

Dhaarini Suryanarayanan

Facilitator

A STEP TOWARDS CHANGE

Located in the southernmost region, just north of Navy Nagar, Cuffe Parade is the upmarket neighborhood in South Mumbai. However, a contrast to its elite surrounding is the Ambedkar Nagar slums located opposite the Cuffe Parade police station, housing a population of over a lakh.

Avinash Yelve,24, is a 12th std drop out who joined the first batch of the Employability Program along with 22 other adolescents from the Ambedkar Nagar community. He dreams of becoming an actor one day. Few weeks into the program he confided saying, ‘’I don’t think I can work as I have no confidence or belief that I can do it’. Avinash kept attending the sessions and slowly and steadily his confidence grew and he was ready to face his first interview at Starbucks. He successfully cleared the interview and is now undergoing training at Starbucks.

This is the difference we make through the 3 month ‘Employability Program’ – instilling confidence and hope. The Avinash I knew at the start of the program, and the person I now know, is definetly an impact of a program. The sessions helped him align his reality and aspiration while simultaneously making him more confident of himself. While Avinash continues dreaming of becoming an actor, he very well understands that to support this dream, he would have to work (so that he can financially support his course-fees). This visible transformation makes him a role-model to the many others like him in the community. Roshini Nair, Facilitator

We have come too far to give up who we are!

This is exactly what the Career Ready Progarm at Antarang pledges- to assist underprivileged adolescents of low income groups to pursue their career and to provide employment by instilling values of self-discipline. Having just graduated from my masters I could easily place myself in the shoes of young adults who strive to build their career and, I thought of it as a wonderful opportunity to help those who haven’t had the guidance to build their goals through Antarang. I am the facilitator at the Wadala morning mixed batch and I was absolutely nervous to train them, my fear was actually to strike the right chord with them and build a great bond so that they could trust me and I could understand them. But after taking their last class, I can be relieved that we have struck the right notes and have built great bond and they will assure you of the amazing circle of friends they have made for life, a great support system with whom they are about to begin a new leg of their journey.

The students in my batch opened up to each other and very soon they were like a swarm of bees- buzzing with energy and enthusiasm. They participate very well in all activities and really enjoy doing role plays. They all come from diverse family backgrounds but all with a common aim ‘to stand on their own feet’.

Hasina, a young 21 year old  woman is a mother of a toddler, had to leave her education due to her father’s death and she earns her living by selling garlands, to her this program was a ray of  hope to get in touch with her dreams after a break , her enthusiasm to  learn always got her to be punctual and regularly attend all the sessions. Soni, as she fondly likes to be called, dropped out of school in the eight standard to take care of her younger sisters; it is a chance for her to reconnect with her education and invigorate her passion of cooking more professionally. For sisters Aspa and Nagma, who want to open their own beauty parlour and have never had any kind of formal education, it is a start to pursue this great decisive aim with force and determination. Zakhir’s ambition is to be a millionaire, Anil’s ambition to be an accountant, it all stems from the credence and stimulus they have got from Antarang’s Career ready program, where they are taught ‘Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible to visible’.

Krithika Anant, facilitator

                                                                        

Building trust

Wadala girls

I started working with the Wadala group of girls two months back. The first thing that struck me after the initial round of introductions was that though the girls lived in the same community, they hardly knew each other. They would see each other in the community, but never took a step further than quick eye contact. In my class too, they came in pairs, sat in pairs and spoke only with their friend.

I found it difficult to crack their shy and introverted demeanours. However after few sessions, energisers and games, the girls slowly opened up and started taking to each other and became friends. Initially when they had to read or speak in English, they would get scared because they thought that other girls would laugh at them. Today they hardly and speak to each other in broken English and giggle at their mistakes.

Without realising they gradually bonded and started trusting each other. Now they stand by one another and are a support system for each other.

Nibedita Ray, facilitator  

Facing fears head on

Lotus Colony, in Shivaji Nagar Govandi west, is a suburb of Mumbai, that is located near the largest waste dumping ground. Devoid of basic facilities, the colony comprises of around 20 lakh slum houses, jostling for space. The lack of space however is no barrier to big dreams. More often than not, these aspirations are crushed under life’s harsh realities. However some of them show grit and determination to overcome the difficulties and realise their dreams.

Nilofar Khan’s is one such determined girl. Nilofer, a 10th pass 17yr old always wanted to be a nurse by profession. She belongs to a family of six. Her father is a watchman and the only wage earner of the family. When she first came to Mumbai, she was driven by the need to support her family and decided to assist as a nurse in a nearby government hospital. But what awaited her were multiple night-shift, eve-teasing, gossiping neighbors, stalkers and eventually parental opposition. Slowly the dream of becoming a nurse was crushed in the reality of life.

When Nilofar enrolled with Antarang for its Employability Program, all she said was- ‘nahi didi main nahi aaongi’, ‘nahi didi mujhe nahi aata hai’, ‘aap mujhe sawal mat puchoo’.  In class, she tried to hide behind others, hardly interacted and always wanted her mother to accompany her everywhere.

Few weeks into the program she opened up and started taking initiative in the various tasks and activities. She came for all the exposure visits on her own and made an effort to speak in English even if it was wrong. Despite her Urdu background, today, she is one of the few who speaks fluent basic English, and now wants to revive her dream of becoming a nurse.

She is a true example of someone who overcame her fears – fear of walking alone on the road, fear of speaking to strangers, fear of speaking in English and fear of revisiting her dream.

What makes her even more special is that Nilofar is the only one in the batch to have 100% attendance in class.