Youth for Equality
One of Yuva Samanta Ki Aur’s most passionate youth volunteers, Shankar has been interested in creating social change since he was a small child. As one of very few people with higher education in a village where only about one in 20 girls finished school, Shankar felt it was his role to help others get the same opportunities. When a friend encouraged Shankar to attend a Vikalp meeting in a nearby village, it didn’t take long for him to decide that Vikalp was the way to do that. Shankar says that the trainings he has done through Vikalp since that initial meeting have given him a deeper understanding of the social issues facing his community, the skills to be able to impart this understanding to others, and the confidence create change in his community. Shankar runs youth groups in his village, and says that the group’s work has led them to be seen as role models, who others look to for guidance and assistance. Together they talk to community members and leaders about expanding girls’ rights and opportunities, and he is particularly proud of having helped re-enrol 15-20 girls in schooling. Shankar has seen huge attitudinal changes in himself and his community as a result of their new understanding of gender, and now runs workshops and activities at Yuva Samanta Ki Aur trainings to impart his infectious passion for change onto other people.
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