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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Children and youth

Children and youth are the target beneficiaries for the majority of YTTS work. YTTS believes that one of the clearest ways to break the cycle of poverty is ensure children have the education, technical skills, life skills and health to take advantage employment and business opportunities as adults in order to improve their lives. YTTS has a broad range of activities for children and youth and are expecting to continue to develop and expand these programs in the years ahead.

Bridging the gap

YTTS believes in and seeks to encourage the natural desire of all people to help our fellow human beings. YTTS continues to raise awareness among the privileged population for the plight of the underprivileged. YTTS wants to harness the compassion of the wider society to participate in the work of assisting the poor, either by contributing materially to the effort, or by joining in themselves through volunteering. In addition, YTTS believes that benefits to the whole society are possible if the well off engage with the not so well off, for example, through employment, community relationship efforts or participation in a buddy program.

Educational, skills and health outcomes

In line with the focus on children comes a synergy with providing education and skills programs. YTTS seeks to provide both informal and formal education and training for children and youth. It offers a range of programs that children and youth can take up depending on their level of education and desired future training needs. Another great need in these communities is the provision of services in the area of health. This aspect can cover areas such as safe drinking water, sanitation standards and High risk Transmittable infections. The outcome from these health programs will not only benefit the individual involved, but will also provide benefits to the children and the wider community.

Staff skills and experience

YTTS values its staff and applies the diverse staff skill set across projects to the benefit of the community. In addition, YTTS seeks to grow and expand skills of the staff as appropriate to take on new programs or programs in new areas. YTTS ensures that its staff skill will continue to improve over the next few years as it positions itself to take up the opportunities provided by having a higher education beneficiary community.

Programs

• Through PUSTAK program we provide support to street children as well as to children involved into child labor practices. This group of children needs specialized support. We work with them through our normal Intervention centers and treat them as a group with special needs. As part of this program we assist in reuniting them with their own families.
• SAU Professionals program is run to raise the aspirations of selected school children (x-JUGNUs) in Classes VI-VII to Class X.
• CHILDLINE is a 24-hour helpline for children in distress and in need of care and protection in Chandigarh. We run Childline Units for Chandigarh & Mohali Distt. We also run a Childline Help Desk at Chandigarh Railway Station.
• RAAHAT (meaning 'relief') is an effort to help the disabled children. It acts as a facilitator to link the handicapped to the city's specialized organizations for further training / treatment and relief / financial support.
• YUVAK (meaning 'youth') is involving youth in sports and fitness through various clubs culminating in annual tournaments. We also work closely with the Nehru Yuva Kendra and other Youth Organisations. Col Ravi Bedi & Dr Sangeeta Jund are resource persons for Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) at Sriperumbudur. In turn they have trained many of our staff in this activity.
• VAMA (meaning 'women') is a Program for the Empowerment of underprivileged women through 'Income Generation' skills & formation of 'Self Help Groups'.
• Dr Sangeeta Jund is the Punjab State Trainer for ASHA Program of NRHM. She is recently appointed as trainer at NHM.
• TI is a project run in Punjab helping in the high-risk groups of HIV.
• The goal of BAGHBAN (meaning 'gardener') program is to organize and enfold the older citizens in the slum areas, providing emotional support through regular meetings and infusing a bit of fun and laughter.