Incubating Youth Resource Centres
The YWRC promotes youth work with the incubation of Youth Resource Centres in collaboration with individuals or organisations interested in youth work.
Yuva Samvada Kendras
Over the last few years, the YWRC has successfully incubated Yuva Samvada Kendras in partnership with organisations and individuals:
- Signa Yuva Samvada Kendra in Tumkur
- Arivu Yuva Samvada Kendra in Bantwala
- Sakhi Yuva Samvada Kendra in Hospet
Currently the following Mini YSKs are being incubated and nurtured:
- Arali Yuva Samvada Kendra in Chitradurga
- Dhani Yuva Samvada Kendra in Kolar
Over the next 3 years, two more mini YSKs will be incubated and the existing mini YSKs will be developed into full-fledged Yuva Samvada Kendras.
The incubation process begins after the completion of the Certificate Course in Youth Work. Short internships are offered to those who would like to observe how existing youth resource centres/ Yuva Samvada Kendras work. Apprenticeships are offered if a candidate is willing to work and learn on the job for a minimum of six months.
During this time they are encouraged to assist youth mentors and interact with young people at various stages of the sensitisation and leadership journey. The idea is to give interns a peep into the joys and challenges of a youth mentor and to build competencies and confidence to work with youth!
When we find an individual or an organisation interested to work with young people in a specific geography, the Youth Work Resource Center helps develop a youth-focused programme relevant to the local context. This is done through a 2-year fellowship for a Mini YSK (Yuva Samvada Kendra) which includes a stipend and an activity grant to implement pilot programmes. The emphasis is on understanding local issues and unique dilemmas of young people in the region through a variety of interactions with students and working youth. Fellows are encouraged to design and facilitate discussions, exposure visits, film screenings and short workshops. They also participate in sharing and planning meetings with other youth mentors. Youth of the region are invited to participate in common thematic workshops conducted by existing YSKs.
The incubation phase hinges on intense mentoring for the individual /organisation to help them clarify goals and programmes and to tracks outcomes and impacts. At the end of the incubation phase, a new memorandum of understanding is entered into between Samvada YWRC and the interested individual/ organisation for transitioning from a Mini YSK to a YSK.