Youth Resource Cells [YRC] is our flagship programme that runs in eight diverse locations, from urban slums to remote villages in West Bengal, India. We have over 100 clusters serving 2000 children.
The YRC Programme is a long-term partnership with marginalised young people to build a sustainable, community-based approach to social transformation, with a focus on Gender Equity and Child Rights.
The programme continues to grow in response to emerging needs. An average participant spends 12-15 years within the YRC system, discovering oneself, challenging harmful social norms, and leading change.
Every young member moves back and forth through the stages as they grow within the YRC.
The YRC curriculum has evolved over the years to help young people develop SHINE values:
Self worth and agency, Human rights awareness and resilience, Integrity, Non-Violence and Empathy.
SHINE values are developed through 12 themes that are explored weekly through a series of participatory methods in three age appropriate clusters; for 6-9, 10-13, 14-17+ year olds.
Young People go through an intensive leadership journey to create youth groups (cells) in their respective communities.
Each Youth Resource Cell has its own core team which manages programmes in their own locations. The core team comprises founder leaders and mentors who are part of a regular training programme. Senior Leaders from each YRC come together centrally as the YRC Federation. They manage and support different programmes for all groups.
The first set of YRCs was set up in 2008.
We collect over one hundred stories of change each year. Here are three short examples