Young Indians (Yi) is an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Yi was formed in the year 2002 with an objective of creating a platform for young Indians to realize the dream of a developed nation. Yi has around 2350 direct members in 40 chapters, and engages around 10500 students through chaupals, under the brand ‘Yuva’. The Yi membership includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 21 & 40 and comprises entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from different walks of life. “To become the Voice of Young Indians Globally” being the vision of Yi, it provides a platform for young Indians to participate in and contribute by becoming an integral part of the Indian growth story. Yi’s work is divided primarily into three groups; “Youth Leadership”, “Nation Building” and “Thought Leadership”.
Under Youth leadership, Yi works effectively for promoting leadership skills for its members through the learning programs and missions to companies of global excellence in India and abroad; the development and engagement of students through its 109 Chaupal platforms that has 10500 students; Yi’s regional and national summits on themes related to times and role of youth and its engagement with the governments at the state and national level gives an opportunity for the members to become effective leaders with a vision into the future. Yi recently hosted Jeff Hoffman, serial entrepreneur from the United States across the country and hosted his renowned ‘Entrepreneur Bootcamps’ for its camps.
Under Nation Building, Yi engages its members under the board categories of education, environment, healthcare, employability, arts (sports & culture) and rural initiatives contributing positively to its surrounding eco system and the nation. Through its initiatives like Akshara under Education, Yi has impacted more than 15000 students across 57 centers and has successfully managed campaigns like the ‘SYightboard Project’, providing blackboards to schools across different cities, reaching out to 1070 schools nationally and impacting approximately 2,53,000 children. The Green I Contest done with an objective to engage school children to become socially aware and responsible citizens is one of its flagship programs, with the winner getting a grant of Rs 7.5 lakhs to implement their ideas.
With Fourteen years of glorious past and decades ahead that promise nothing short, Yi intends to become a larger movement of young people and promote the attitude of “We Can, We Will”
Awareness Campaigns on Hygiene- Swachh Bharat
To strengthen the ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative announced by Prime Minister, the Young Indians has launched ‘Mission –Santizing and Sensitizing India’, an initiative to work with institutions and companies on area of social responsibility, with an objective to create awareness and encourage students and industry participate through its network of 37 chapters in 25 states.
Yi intends to leverage its membership across India to make ‘Swachh Bharat’ a reality. Yi would use the network of its existing members, students and all the stakeholders by organising sessions at various places in the city with an objective of creating awareness on hygiene and related aspects. Given the reach that Yi has, and the fact that this directly falls under the ‘nation building’ pillar of the organisation, Yi is confident that these awareness sessions will not only sensitize people, but will also bring out a movement of conscious people who want a better India for themselves and for those around.
About “Horn Not OK Please”.
“Horn Not OK Please” (HNOP) is an initiative by Yi to invite attention to the problem of various forms of noise pollution and to suggest ways to minimize it. Towards this cause, the HNOP campaign was initiated by Yi with the sole aim to reduce noise pollution especially in cities, giving the message to use vehicular honks only when necessary.
This project has successfully completed 4 years across the cities in which Yi has its presence today. The impact of this campaign has reached out close to 15 million people through awareness sessions, campaigns, distribution of stickers, discussions and road trips.