Nurturing Young Leaders
Young people go through multiple stages of exploration, exposure and sensitization in their journey of youthhood. Soon, there comes a time when you can see that they have the potential to inspire and guide more young people through positive “peer pressure”, as leaders and influencers of social change.
From the students who have participated in our intensive courses and reflective workshops (nottas), we identify those who demonstrate passion and courage of conviction, along with an inclination for leadership roles. At this stage, we recognize that leaders need careful mentoring where individual dilemmas, conflicts and anxieties are resolved within a political and ethical framework. Developing their inner resources also means exploring one's persona, relationships, spirituality, sexuality, ethics and worldviews. Through such exploration we hope to build their resilience that combines charisma, pragmatism and a vision for social change.
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Leaders of youth groups from various parts of Karnataka and youth active in social movements are also trained through special workshops. Do contact us if you belong to or know of a youth group that would like to be associated with this process.
Training for leaders also necessarily includes special workshops on contemporary social processes, as follows:
Leadership for Social Change: Youth Activism and it's Challenges
Understanding Bangalore in the context of globalization
Threats & hopes of democracy and secularism in Karnataka
Potential leaders are helped not only to analyse the impacts of globalization, the spread of fundamentalism and ecological crises, but are also helped to work on short term and long term responses. Special attention is paid to leadership building through youth led campaigns on local issues. This enhances the confidence of budding leaders even as more and more young people are mobilized to initiate struggles or participate in existing social movements, under their leadership.
Stages of Youth Leadership Development
Leadership Perspectives & Skill-Building
This workshop focuses on building clarity about leadership roles, styles, and skills along with perspectives on leadership in the context of social change processes. Group dynamics, building consensus, taking responsibility for decisions/stances, managing conflict are some of the critical skills taught.
Young people are given training on how to design and manage a campaign all by themselves. The campaign training workshop equips them with the nitty-gritties of designing events, sharpening campaign slogans, developing great communication skills, managing campaign teams, liaising with colleges, the media and various communities.
As changemakers, young people are encouraged to take up micro-studies so that their campaigns and actions are grounded in a proper understanding of ground realities and are not based on any false assumptions about real situations.
Coordinating a Campaign
Young people's leadership abilities are challenged and honed when they lead campaigns for youth rights in their local geographies. They become changemakers coming together to lead and influence campaigns for youth rights across campuses and different YSKs.
Yuva Munnade Forum
Along the lines of the set-up of profession-based alumni associations at Baduku Community College, Yuva Munnade is a forum that brings together youth leaders from across different youth resource centres.