Developing Future Leaders

Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies. Youth leadership is part of the youth development process and supports the young person in developing the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out and the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinions and behaviors of others, and serve as a role model.

Nishtha's work with young people begins from providing education support as well as forming the collectives, Balak Balika Vahini and Kishore Kishori Vahinis. However from the large number of young people reached, often there are some who show leadership abilities and skills and with developing such skills these young people become role models for their peers.

The extensive trainings, exposure visits, and handholding help groom these youth leaders. This leads to a wider understanding of our society and social Issues, creative thinking, Problem Solving, Teamwork and Leadership Skills, Facilitation, Presentation, Communication and other related skills.

Nishtha has a Youth Federation of about 91 members who are elected members representing the youth groups. The federation works on an annual action plan often working as an action squad to deal with rights violations across the villages.