Locations & Partners
In Hospete, Mangalore and Tumkur, the centres are run in collaboration with youth organizations and are called Yuva Samvada Kendras. In Bangalore, the centre run by Samvada is called the Bangalore Youth Resource Centre.
SAKHI YUVA SAMVADA KENDRA
Hospete, a part of Bellary district, is part of a historically neglected Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Bellary is also a major site of the illegal iron ore mining which has led to environmental destruction, and large-scale migration of unorganized labour. In addition, the devadasi system is also rampant in Bellary region.
In 2002, Sakhi was set up by Dr. Bhagyalakshmi to work with young women from dalit and devadasi communities on education and empowerment. They have our been our partner Yuva Samvada Kendra since inception.
Some of the Sakhi youth mentors, are daughters of devadasis or mining workers, who have worked with young people with passion and dedication.
arivu yuva samvada kendra
Mangalore is an ecologically-sensitive region with several development projects threatening the ecosystem of the area. It is also faced with tensions between communities of different castes and religions. The atmosphere of cultural domination also results in the harassment and control of women from all backgrounds, castes and religions as women are supposed to be carriers of national and community culture.
Arivu, based out of Bantwala, Mangalore, uses music, theatre and local cultural forms to work with young people and address ecological concerns of the geography.
SIGNA Yuva Samvada Kendra
Tumkur has been a site of feudal practices in agriculture co-existing with unplanned industrial growth. The town also faces severe problems of solid waste management and water shortages. With a university and several private, professional colleges, large numbers of young people are enrolled without adequate direction or guidance. Even larger numbers of youth drop out as they cannot afford to study in these institutions.
Tumkur has an interesting array of organization working on science education, on women’s issues and issues of untouchability.
SIGNA is a youth organization founded by Jnana Sindhu Swami in 2007 to help young people become more aware about climate change.
SIGNA has been with us as a Yuva Samvada Kendra since 2012.
Swamy, the founder of SIGNA, is a dynamic young man on a mission to transform Tumkur. When he founded SIGNA his aim was to inspire young people to address climate change. During his travels with farmers groups, he came in touch with Samvada in 2011 and since then there has been no looking back.
SIGNA and Samvada have collaborated to set up and run SIGNA YSK where Swamy has widened the range of issues he addresses. From gender equity to social inclusion to farmers suicides to waste management and youth rights, he tirelessly mobilises youth around him to care – and to take initiative to change things around them.
BANGALORE YOUTH RESOURCE CENTRE
Bangalore city has been witnessing rapid urbanization, industrialization and globalization over the last few decades. The city continues to offer young people, locals and migrants, diverse work opportunities ranging from menial jobs in construction of roads and railways and service jobs to white-collar jobs in the IT industry. While young people may be seen as winners of new opportunities in this changing landscape, they are also faced with various dilemmas.
The city is also a violent city with increasing levels of violence against young women, slum dwellers, sexual minorities and migrants.
Introducing Bangalore YRC
With the beginning of this youth resource centre, Samvada came into being in 1989. Over the last 25 years, the centre has continuously innovated to stay relevant to the dilemmas of young people in this changing city.
Manjula is a living example of a young woman who has overcome multiple disadvantages to emerge smiling and enthusiastic about working with disadvantaged youth. Originally from Mudhol, a backward region of Karnataka, Manjula worked and then completed her Masters in Social Work.
It was during her MSW internship that she came to Samvada and was inspired by the idea of youth work. She later returned to complete the Advanced Course in Youth Work offered by the YWRC. In the interim, Manjula was associated with the Dalit Foundation and has been actively engaged with the campaign to end the Devadasi system.
Today, she has made Bangalore her home and is a bubbly and energetic presence in the youth resource centre where she helps young men and women figure out the complex journey to adulthood.
Poornima is an energetic and focused young woman who planned to take a break after her masters but instead found herself at Samvada’s doorstep. A short internship at Samvada opened the doors to her on how education can be re-imagined in different ways. This then led her to join Samvada as a Youth Mentor. She has a way of communicating to students with a sense of clarity coupled with passion. She has dabbled in theatre, photography and pursues music as a hobby, which recently has included folk music. Her recent interests also include martial arts, with a focus on Jeet Kune Do. She has completed an M.A. in Women Studies from TISS, Mumbai and her academic interests lie in Gender and Development, Sexuality/Asexuality and Queer theory.