Working with young people to create a just, humane and sustainable world

Why Youth?

Being young in the world’s biggest democracy can not be easy and that too when it is a land as diverse as India. The irony of youth hood here is that while young people are expected to make decisions, they do not have the freedom to explore options and exercise autonomy. Through the tools of “obedience to elders” and “respect for tradition”, society is subtly perpetuating stigmas and social hierarchies. Knowingly or unknowingly, falling victim to this set up, these young people become carriers and supporters of prejudices. But if they are rightly mentored they can become the change agents towards an equitable, inclusive, aware and peaceful society.

Our Approach

We approach young people as partners and invite them to embark on a journey of discovering self and society by empowering them to question and challenge beliefs, and carve out new paths for themselves and the world. We believe that young people have the right and the responsibility to make informed choices and that if they have the freedom to critique and explore experiences, they will make decisions that are liberating for themselves and transformative for society.

We mentor young people in 8 geographies across Karnataka through conversations about values, lifestyles, relationships, work aspirations and networks. Over a 3-year learning journey, young people begin as explorers, grow as youth leaders and emerge as influencers of social change.

We equip marginalized youth to enter and influence socially critical professions in the fields of Wellness & Gender Justice, Creative & Critical Media, Transformative Education and Sustainable Livelihoods. Baduku alumni work together to impact professional practices towards social justice & sustainability.

We strengthen the work of existing and new Yuva Samvada Kendras in socially, ecologically-sensitive areas. By guiding and supporting those who are passionate about working with young people, we bridge collaborations among diverse youth-focused organisations, and promote Youth Work as a profession.

Samvada celebrated its 25 years with a series of events on the 9th, 10th and 11th of February, titled, Parise. These included a seminar, musical performances, youth summits and a staff reunion. Some glimpses of it below. To know more about the Parise, go here.

Samvada announces its Youth Work course for 2018. The course is open to any individual interested in youth work and will offer a systematic and planned way of working with the youth. For more details of the course click here