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Young Indians (Yi), Kochi Chapter. TARGET: Encouraging young Indians to fine-tune their entrepreneurial skills and enabling them to become more responsible citizens.

 

ORIGIN: Young Indians (Yi) is the youth arm of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and has been quite active across the country ever since its formation in 2002. The idea was mooted by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam with an objective of providing a launch pad for aspiring and enterprising young Indians and helping them to achieve leadership skills with an eye for social steadfastness that will contribute to better nation building. As of now, Yi has a network of 24 chapters across India and their multi-task functioning has been quite a rewarding experience. Almost a decade into its operations, Yi Kochi Chapter too has been on a consequential drive. It has an impressive national seeding and figures among the top five chapters in the country in terms of both activities and accolades. It has left an indelible mark in the socio-cultural scenario of Kochi in more ways than one.

ACTIVITIES: The Young Indians, Kochi Chapter, has always been abuzz with activities. Notably, many of its campaigns and programmes have turned out to be a first-of-its-kind event in Kochi. Over the years, Yi has launched varied and meaningful initiatives in areas such as Health Care, Environment, Arts, Sports & Culture, Education and Employability. “The bonding between all our members has helped us to deliver consistently and our education-related initiatives have given us an edge over other Yi units in the country”, observes Biju

Philipose, Chapter Co-Chair of Yi, Kochi. Students’ Net is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable and very successful initiatives of Yi, Kochi Chapter, and it brings city-based schools and colleges under its fold. ‘Operation Blackboard,’ through which as many as 100 underprivileged schools were given blackboards, and ‘Wealth Out of Waste’, a project that focused on recycling solid waste, are just some of the unique programmes streamlined through Students’ Net. And ‘Blue Ocean Dialogue’, a latest from their kitty, involving students, is being held this week.

The membership is offered to those falling in the age group of 25 to 40 while joining and one can continue till 45 years. An annual fee is applicable to all. “As of now we have 65 members and all are fully involved in our activities”, says Anuradha Ganesh of Yi.

These apart, medical camps, one-day workshops, seminars, learning sessions, interactive sessions with industry leaders and other experts also form part of their routine activities. They also have a monthly newsletter titled ‘HappenYings’. Adopting a street and turning it into a model one and ‘SprYing Board’, a three-day workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs are the forthcoming projects from Yi, Kochi Chapter.

IMPACT: The huge response that Yi, Kochi Chapter has been receiving for its programmes are true testimonials of its impact. The series of social outreach programmes and campaigns that Yi has launched, time and again, have left a positive trail in an undisputed manner.

Yi, Kochi chapter is growing from strength to strength and is firmly rooted in planning and streamlining innovative programmes with a clear view of bettering the quality of life of not only its members and also of Kochi at large.

GETTING IN TOUCH: To know more about Young Indians, Kochi Chapter and their initiatives, call 0484-4012300 or follow them at www.facebook.com

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