|1. Waste Management Program in tricity of Chandigarh-Panchkula-Mohali and Shimla; When in 1996 volunteers of Yuvsatta initiated the move of enrolling the first 100 households as members of door to door garbage collection scheme, nobody thought that in just next four years it’ll not only become a self-sustainable model but will also cover many other cities as well. But it is proving its worth until now without any direct involvement of Yuvsatta volunteers, providing gainful employment to hundreds of rag-pickers and clean & hygienic surrounding to millions of people.
|2. Project-Dost: Way back in 1996 when the first telecounselling service of Dost was started by Yuvsatta from Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, Chandigarh, offering free counseling for topics on Sex, drugs, alcohol, smoking etc. nobody thought that it’ll catch-up so fast with city youth and other segments of society that in next five years Chandigarh will saw dedicated separate computerized tele-hotlines for HIV/AIDS, Women, Sr. Citizens, Children and general services. And now, not many people know that it was Yuvsatta volunteers who ventured first into the area, which nobody earlier thought of and now people here take it for granted.
|3. All Women Police Stations: Yuvsatta pioneered in raising the voice for all women police stations way back in 1996 in the state of Punjab and finally was successful in getting women desks established at Police Station of Punjab and with efforts of Yuvsatta volunteers three All Women Police Stations were also successfully started in the state of Himachal Pradesh in Year 2001.
|4. Condom Promotion: Continuously from year 2001 onwards, no other NGO working with State AIDS Control Society of UT, Chandigarh, can beat the continuous performance and record of Yuvsatta in distribution of condoms amongst the vulnerable sections of society. And we’re committed to maintain the momentum for a better India.
|5. All Girls Cricket Team of Bapu Dham: When in 2006, we at Yuvsatta formed the 1st All Girls Cricket Team Yuvsatta, it was first team of marginalized girls rising from slums in the city. And the fact was recognized by the companies like Nike, US when in 2008, this team found nomination for an international award constituted by them with theme of ‘Change the Game Women Play’. Now, the ground where these girls played the first match is adopted by a local Cricket Club and is one of the best in city with girls from Bapu Dham playing crickets at regional and state level matches.
|6. KITABGHAR (Book House): Kids who learn to read when they’re young are less likely to end up in prison, drop out of school, or take drugs. In fact, a child’s entire lifestyle can be enhanced by picking up a novel now and then. Unfortunately, many children in marginalized families, especially in slum areas are struggling with learning how to read, haven’t had exposure to interesting reading material, or simply don’t have examples of reading for understanding and leisure. So, with this in view, Yuvsatta volunteers started a library ‘Kitabghar (Book House)’ for the marginalized kids of Bapu Dham with initial donations of around 120 books and one book case. And now it boasts of over 300 active and vibrant members and 7000 books to keep its reader busy with lot of creative activities throughout the year.
|7. Greentire: In Year 2000 many people laughed at the idea of using bicycles instead of vehicles. But such attitudes changed, when Yuvsatta volunteers organized the first cycle rally in the city to promote more and more people pedaling more often in the city. And soon local Schools, Colleges, Eco-clubs and Chandigarh Administration realized the importance of cycling and by 2003 Chandigarh became the first city of north India with over 13 crore (INR 130 million) of money spent on dedicated cycle tracks to promote the green concept of living in harmony with man and nature.
|8. Project Heritage Tree’s: Yuvsatta is the first NGO of India to document Heritage Tree’s any where in the country. Heritage tree are identified by virtue of their age i.e around 100 years, aesthetic value, historical significance, cultural reasons, social & educational value, trees that are landmarks of a community and inhabitation, trees in a notable grove, avenue, or other planting, a rare species, or provides a habitat for rare species of plants, animals or birds etc. Most of the selected Heritage Trees selected are of good quality, relatively free of damage and are also sufficiently well suited to preservation. And now Chandigarh Administration is working on a long term plan for their proper care and upkeep.
|9. Peace Clubs of Chandigarh; Initially, many people expressed that cities like Chandigarh are already peaceful and we don’t need Peace Clubs here. But beginning from May 2005 onwards with just 30 Peace Clubs to now over 100 Peace Clubs, people realize that we have problems here from instances of bullying, aggression against others, put-downs, teasing, and harassment, efforts should be made to resolve conflicts without violence. Children could also be taught how to use the tools of mediation that would bring about a peaceful solution to the dispute.
|10. Global Youth Peace Festival (GYPF): Started with just 100 students of India and Pakistan in 2006, this effort is seeing an increasing surge of participation of young change-makers every year in last week of September. Moreover, the idea is fully sustainable in a sense that participants arrange for their own travel expenses, stay with a local host student for greater understanding and sharing, plus local School, Colleges, University, Municipal Corporation and Chandigarh Administration, they all contribute towards its organization. The organizers assume that the continuity of organizing GYPF will prove infectious and it is definite to spurt similar sprouting elsewhere in India & Globally too.
|11. PEACE EXAMS IN JAIL: People who commit crime are kept away from the society in the name of security, peace and order. Apostle of peace-Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘Hate the evil, not the evil-doer’. It was with this noble thought that YUVSATTA, Prisons Department, Chandigarh and Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal, Mumbai had launched a very innovative ‘Gandhi Peace Programme’ in Model Jail, Burail, Chandigarh. This month long programme involved distribution of autobiographies of Mahatma Gandhi amongst the inmates, orientation lectures on gandhian thoughts by Yuvsatta volunteers, weekly film shows of internationally acclaimed films like ‘Gandhi’-by Richard Attenbourgh, ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ & ‘Do Ankeh Barah Hath’ by V. Shantaram, holding of an objective type Gandhi Peace Exam in the end with questions from autobiography of Gandhiji & awards to best students. The aim was to evoke a sense of regret in their minds. They were also taught the power of non-violence. And the results were soul satisfying, when in one year over 500 jail inmates of Burail jail read the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi, keenly attended interactive sessions on life and works of Mahatma and majority of them expressed the opinion that if somebody had came to them with these thoughts earlier, their life could have been different.
With a view to ensure that the all the programmes/projects undertaken by Yuvsatta are eventually managed and run by the targeted people. They are characterized by the participation of socially oriented people right from the beginning. This ensures that the project is in tune with the requirements of the community and contributes to empowerment within the community, who will eventually take fuller part in the project and will have the potential to act as catalyst for changing the prevalent notions and for providing leadership to promote and sustain the initiatives.
“We have to bear in mind that we are all debtors to the world and the world does not owe us anything. It is a great privilege for all of us to be allowed to do anything for the world. In helping the world we really help ourselves.”-Swami Vivekananda