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 TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT CENTERS 
 INDIA 

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CLÉMENCE HAMERY

India Coordinator

“The lifting of the lockdowns, starting in June 2020, breathed a new energy into the teams of Youth and Catalysts, who were keen to get to work and resume their activities.
There are multiple new projects, and more and more Youth are achieving professional integration. New Catalysts joined us in the field starting in October, bringing their enthusiasm and helping to stabilize and strengthen the existing positive energy. 2020 demonstrated that out of crisis opportunities emerge that are just waiting to be seized: digital development, adapted pedagogy, recruitment of local Catalysts ... We are all ready to meet the challenges of 2021!”

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 SANGAM VIHAR - DELHI  

The center in Sangam Vihar, a very deprived area in South Delhi, hosts two teams, 95% of whose members are young women.
After the center became a Training & Development Center in 2020 and a study of local needs was carried out within the local community, the Khazana micro-activity became Train 4 Change. Twice a week, the Young people offer English workshops and digital training to the local community.
Sangam Vihar was the very first center to implement the weekly use of Digital Inc. (see p.26) and the Youth were involved in refining LP4Y’s digital pedagogy through role-play and giving regular feedback.
In July 2020, the French Ambassador to India paid an official visit to the center. The Youth were able to show him the site, the pedagogy and their activity.
For 2021, the focus is on developing and diversifying these training courses for the community. The Youth are divided into project teams and work on developing English and digital training content. To strengthen this process, a digital “talent week” (a week spent working in collaboration with the employees of a partner company) has been organized with teams from General Electric. The goal is for Youth and professionals to work together, creating content that will be used for all the activities provided in the TDCs: English, IT, employment support, professional presentation, Résumé writing, health, etc.

YOGITA KOHLI

21 yo, Entrepreneur Step, TDC  Sangam Vihar, Delhi

I am very glad to say I am a Youth of LP4Y. Dream are important for everyone because they give purpose, direction and meaning to your life. Personaly I learned this during my training sessions in LP4Y. There are many moments I will never forget, especially the gala project because it is the biggest event of the LP4Y and it was a great moment for me too. I learned a lot from here, I got a chance to do an Intership in a major international company (EY, Ernest and Young). Changing my life has been possible thanks to my determination, dedication, my Coachs, all the Catalysts support, guidence and hard work. Thank you LP4Y!

 
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KANNAGI NAGAR - CHENNAI 

In the heart of Kannagi Nagar, a slum relocation area in the city of Chennai that is home to more than 150,000 inhabitants, the center hosts 2 teams, 95% of whose members are Young women.
The Training & Development Center was one of the few centers that maintained face-to-face contact with small groups of Youth throughout the year. The Youth carried out a study on the local health situation and actively contributed to supplying food and sharing information about the pandemic.
The sports field and the Little Angels Academy have been renovated and professionalized.
Through the management of the MEI Move 4 Change, the Youth develop their skills in project management, events, communication, etc. Together, they educate their community on the values of sport, mobilizing with the organization of weekly practice sessions (yoga, Zumba and badminton) as well as the occasional football or basketball tournament. They are also developing tools that promote the benefits of regular physical activity.

> Learn more about the Little Angels Academies

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NITHARNA

19 yo, President of the Stars Club, TDC Kannagi Nagar, Chennai

I joined LP4Y July, 22 2019. I wanted to improve my English speaking, computer and business skills. On my first day, I couldn't understand anything but now I can underdand and talk in english. I am proud to be the president of Chennai's Stars Club. I handle my team and organise the team work. My challenges are to improve the team's involvement and to recruit more Youth for the TDC. LP4Y helped me finding a job thanks to several improvement in how I can do my work, communication, English speaking, beeing punctual... Now I work in a dress shop and I am so proud to have followed LP4Y's training sessions. Thank you so much to my Coaches!

 
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MALWANI - MUMBAI 

In Malwani, a district in the north of Mumbai with a population of 500,000 inhabitants, the center provides training to two teams of Young women from the shanty towns of Amboj’Wadi and Azmi Nagar, with a new intake every 6 months.
This year was characterized by the committed involvement and agility of the Stars and Youth. At their initiative and with the support of the Coaches, they mobilized local authorities and other organizations. For over a month, they organized the distribution of 370 food rations, in partnership with AIMS Foundation, providing support for around 75 families per week.
When the center reopened, the MEI, which was already oriented towards community service, facilitated the transition into a Training & Development Center. Lifeline therefore became Care 4 Change. The first team specializes in health advice about menstruation (pain, hygiene, protection, etc.), which is a very taboo subject in the communities where the centers are located. These training sessions will also be given by videoconference in all LP4Y centers. The second team specializes in child nutrition (hygiene, nutrients, diet during pregnancy, etc.). The two teams of Youth have already trained more than 80 women from their community and are working on the professionalization of content, in partnership with specialists in these two fields.

Read the Story Portraits of women of Malwani

SAHIBA KHAN

19 yo, Entrepreneur Step, TDC Malwani, Mumbai

My dream is to become chartered accountant one day. Today I am working as Assistant of Accountant. One year ago I completed my 11th standard. I planned to start my 12th standard but suddenly everything was stopped because of the COVID. My financial situation was very bad, I had to stop my studies and to stay at home. One day, my neighbor explained me about LP4Y. She also told me about the activities that they are doing there : MEI, interview preparation, english, public speaking skills, computer... I decided to join. I am really happy that I took that decision. After 5 months, I found a job of Accountant Assistant. Everybody was shocked that I got a job so fast at the beginning of my job search. My coaches were very happy. Today I am both studying and working and I will complete my 12th standard this year!

 
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DJ HALLI - BENGALURU 

The center in DJ Halli, a slum in the north of the city of Bangalore, is totally dedicated to supporting Young Women. It was the first in India to switch to the Training & Development Center pedagogy in August 2020.
With Connect 4 Change (formerly Digi’Women) the Young Women provide 3 digital tools training sessions per week to Young girls and women in the community: basic computer skills; Gmail; Microsoft Office; Google Drive; Google Forms, etc. In this way, they develop their IT skills, learn how to share their knowledge by training others living in the slum and combat digital illiteracy, a major cause of social and professional exclusion.
The two teams of 18 Youth are working diligently to professionalize training content and to set up different slots according to level and age group. The objective is to develop a more individualized follow-up and to encourage the Young women and girls who attend the training courses to continue developing their digital skills over the long term.
As pioneers in running this particular activity, the Youth are also involved in training the teams in other TDCs. For example, while preparations were afoot for the launch of the Connect 4 Change activity at the Tinkune Koteshwor TDC in Kathmandu, Nepal, there were multiple exchanges between the Youth there and the teams at DJ Halli.

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THASEENA KHOUSER

18 yo, Management Step, TDC DJ Halli, Bangalore

I stay with my family in Bangalore. My first day in Lp4y was 2nd April on 2021. Now I’m in Management Step. LP4Y  provide help to women to rich our goal. I am the responsible has a computer trainer, I do digital trainings, take care of the registration, prepare snacks for the community training. Also I learnt to make ID cards, diplomas, my resume and many things like that. Since I joined LP4Y I improve myself in computer skills, I learnt time management,  how to be professional. The trainings and collective guidance showed us how we can build self confidence and how we can speak to the public without any fear. I am very lucky to be in this center.

 
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HOWRAH - KOLKATA 

The city of Howrah is the final destination for vast numbers of migrants from rural West Bengal and Bangladesh, and is home to the largest number of excluded people in Greater Kolkata.
The Youth showed motivation and determination despite following an exclusively digital pedagogy and being hit by Cyclone Amphan in May 2020. Together, they continued to develop their professional projects through training, mock interviews and one-on-one remote interviews with their Coach. A partner week has been organized for when the center reopened. Every day, a professional came to provide specific training (communication, human resources, etc.).
In the summer, the first Youths completed the program, the Stars Club was created, and two Stars started a food delivery business; an experience that allows them to use the skills they developed during their LP4Y training.
The center is currently being transformed into a Training & Development Center. The teams have moved into the new building to start developing the long-awaited center of excellence.

Hkritik Parsap

18 yo, Autonomy Step, TDC Howrah, Kolkata

I live in Howrah. My house is not too big, we have one room in my house. We have 5 family member: my mom, dad, 2 younger brothers and me. They study in the village, we are a very poor family. My dad work in judmil and my mother is a housewife. Everyday I woke up at 5 am, then I clean my house, then I help my dad to do breakfast, then I come to the center, and I spend my full day with LP4Y to work. I joined LP4Y because I want to do a good job. Before I was a toto driver, and I think it is not a decent job. I need some professional experience to achieve my dream job. That's why I joined LP4Y. Since I go to LP4Y I have learn teamwork, department work. On the first day I was nervous because I didn't know anyone. After LP4Y I want to do my dream job like a businessman for my future. I want to help my family and my 2 younger brothers to study in my village. I want to do. my best for my family. I am very happy to have this opportunity.

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