Monthly Newsletter: December 2013
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2000 children participate in 20 events at Chiguru 2013

“Chiguru-2013,” the annual event of Youth for Seva (YFS) was on December 8th 2013 at NMKRV College, Jayanagar, where around 2000 kids from various Government schools and non-formal schools participated in 20 different competitions. Around 500 volunteers from various colleges and IT companies actively took part in this event.  
25 volunteers spend a weekend with Chenchus Tribe in A.P.

YFS had organized a van yatra for volunteers from all chapters during the last weekend of December. A total of 25 volunteers participated – 11 from Bangalore, 12 from Hyderabad and 3 from Chennai. The team spent a weekend with the Chenchus Tribe in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. A volunteer shares, "It was an amazing trip!" 
Volunteers attend workshop about Organic Terrace Gardening

On a bright Sunday in December, Mr. Mallesh (Purva Organics, JP Nagar) and Dr. Meenakshi Bharath (Malleshwaram) organized a workshop on “Organic Terrace Gardening and Waste Management.”

The workshop covered topics from understanding soil, types of crops that can be grown and tips to take care of the plants in terms of pest control. There was also a discussion about some myths of gardening.
28 teachers attend the 3rd round of facilitation training by Dream A Dream

Vidyachetana, Sponsor a Child project of Youth for Seva in collaboration with Dream a Dream, organized a training session for all the volunteers who teach at learning centres on December 28th and 29th at Rashtrothana, Chamrajpet.
One of the teachers, Manjula, shared, “I have taken 2 trainings on Life skills. It is all about theory, but in this training I have learnt many things through creative games, theory we may forget but games we never. I will use these games in my sessions for learning centre children. These games will surely help us to understand more about children.” She is a teacher at Tumkur Learning center, Ganjalgunte.  
Seva Vacation is coming up: Spend your vacation meaningfully

If you are a student on a semester break or you are a professional wanting to contribute to the society, you can sign up for Seva Vacation (1 month) and volunteer in an area of your interest.

To register,
click here
Vivekananda Jayanthi Blogging Contest!

YFS will be celebrating Vivekananda Jayanthi on Jan 26, 2014 at Jain College (JC road campus). As a run up to the celebration, we are having a Blogging Contest for all volunteers.

Topic:  Solutions to contemporary problems in the light of life & message of Swami Vivekananda

Deadline:     11:59pm on January 18th, 2014

For more details, click here
Video of Dr. Ali Khwaja and Chakravarti Soolibele's talk available now!

Dr. Ali Khwaja and Chakravarti Soolibele came as resource people for the workshop for NGOs conducted by Youth for Seva. To watch, click here: Dr. Ali Khwaja and Chakravarti Soolibele
Volunteer Spotlight

“How can I be useful, of what service can I be?”

Abhijit Chintamani is associated with YFS from the past 2 years and he has been volunteering at Uttarahalli Govt School. He is student at Sri Kumarans Children’s Home CBSE studying 12th grade. A dream of changing the education system through innovative teaching methodology landed him at Teach India campaign which associated him to YFS. Abhijit is teaching students of 5th grade kids.  He has spent a number of happy moments with the children. 

Story Of Change
My favourite teacher

Padma, a student, was so keen on not missing school that she spoke to her parents and arranged to live with a relative while they were away, just so that she would not miss Ruchi madam's class. Padma read out her favourite passage from her work book. It was heart-warming to see her read fluently. Even if she stumbled upon a few difficult words, with a few encouraging nods and smiles from Ruchi, she figured out the pronunciation by joining the syllables.   

Let us take a few minutes to remember the man who inspired many

"His whole life and teaching inspired my generation . . . he brought his great spirituality to bear upon his patriotism and thus his message was not confined to India only, but was for the whole world. I pay my homage  to his memory."

                                     -- Jawaharlal Nehru
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