One of the most fulfilling experiences one can have during (and of course, after) college is volunteering work. The warmth that one feels when working as a volunteer in any organisation cannot be matched by any other experience. The YP Foundation is one such organization, led by young people themselves, that provides the youth of this country the opportunity to lead programmes in areas they might be interested in – democracy and governance, sexuality education, arts education and artist rights et al.
One of their major programmes that have been successfully running is the Know Your Body, Know Your Rights Programme. It works with adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age to talk to them about sexuality education and everything that comes under it, including gender and violence, sex and pleasure, puberty and body image. The KYBKYR programme focuses on the needs of those whom it wishes to serve – what they want to learn, what they want to know. It aims to impart information to the youth in an unreserved manner and empower them to be become more sensitive to their own sexual and health-related needs and rights. The main focus is on these young people’s relationship with their rights.
Volunteering for KYBKYR isn’t just about becoming a peer educator to some of the sweetest kids you will ever meet, but it is also about growing and expanding your own selves. It is an experience that makes one feel happy not despite but because of the tiredness that comes from a full day’s work. Volunteers learn as much from the kids they talk to as from the trainings they undergo before they become part of the organisation. Becoming a part of TYPF is also like joining a crazy, dysfunctional family that will guide you through your mistakes as much as it celebrates your successes.
It would be a lie to say that volunteering for any programme, not just KYBKYR, is an entirely unselfish experience. One of the best qualities of the KYBKYR team is their commitment to just having fun and enjoying the whole process. It is a group of lively people – led by an amazing programme coordinator and all her peer educators. People may say don’t mix your work and play – but for this incredible team, both are synonymous in all the best ways!
For the Application Form: The YP Foundation Volunteer Form
Last date of application: 11:59 PM, 15th December, 2014
For more detials: https://www.facebook.com/knowyourbodyknowyourrights
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