Samvada has been working with young people to create a just, humane and sustainable world for over 25 years now. In this process we support, sensitise and empower disadvantaged youth.

Why We Work With Young People

Being Young

Being young in a fast-changing society like India is not easy. Young people have many difficult transitions to make regarding careers, relationships, politics, sexuality, marriage and religion.

The irony of youthhood is that while they are expected to make decisions, young people do not have the freedom to explore options and exercise autonomy. While this is treated as a matter of obedience to elders and respect for tradition, it is also subtly about perpetuating stigmas and social hierarchies.

This means that our society can be feudal, communal, patriarchial, ecologically unsustainable or it can move towards becoming inclusive, peaceful and equitable. It all depends on what choices young people make!

Our approach

We believe that young people have the right and the responsibility to make informed choices. We also believe that if young people have the freedom to critique and explore experiences, they will make decisions that are liberating for themselves and transformative for society.

We do not believe in “using” youth to deliver programmes or serving youth “in need”.

Rather, we approach young people as partners and invite them to embark on a journey of discovering self and society.
We empower them to question and challenge beliefs, and carve out new paths for themselves and the world.

This is where the magic begins..
our approach to youthhood

Youth Leadership

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.
yuva samvada kendras

Alternative Livelihoods

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.
baduku community college

Youth Work Promotion

We strengthen the work of existing and new Yuva Samvada Kendras in socially, ecologically-sensitive areas.

We guide and support those who are passionate about working with young people, bridge collaborations among diverse youth-focused organizations, and promote youthwork as a profession.
youth work resource center

Visit Us

Our Head Office

+ Baduku Community College

+ Bangalore Youth Resource Centre

Arivu Yuva Samvada Kendra


  • Arivu YSK
  • 1-7, Ujirandipalke, Maninalkur post, Bantwala (tq), Dakshina Kannada- 574265, Mangalore, Karnataka

Sakhi Yuva Samvada Kendra


  • Sakhi YSK
  • #69, 4th Cross, Arvind Nagar, Bellary District, Hospete, Karnataka

SIGNA Yuva Samvada Kendra


  • SIGNA YSK
  • Near Ranganatha Enterprises, 1st main, Vinayaka Nagara Behind TGMC bank, JC road, Tumkur, Karnataka