With the implementation of the CSR bill, corporates are looking to engage reliable non-profits to carry out their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. YFS has been the choice of many corporates to engage with, and executes their CSR programs across India. A good number of corporates also encourage employees to donate to non-profits by matching the employees’ contributions.

Projects offered include:
  • School-centric Program – Education, health, sanitation and other needs
  • Digital Literacy Program – Computer centers in slums
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Vidyachetana – Child sponsorship program


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Corporate Volunteering:
There has been a growing interest and trend among the corporates to engage their employees in meaningful volunteering activities. While many prefer a volunteering program at offsite locations or a partner non-profit, there are others who prefer an activity at their own campus. To suit the needs of the corporate, apart from engaging them in regular activities through the year, YFS designed and organized the following customized volunteering activities for corporate volunteers like:
  • Sapling Plantation
  • Seed-ball making
  • Spot fixing and Cleanup drives
  • Painting the school building
  • Conducting sports and drawing competitions for government school children
  • Recording of audio books for the blind
  • Paper bag making
  • Taking children out for outdoor learning experiences – National park, science museum, planetarium
  • Conducting awareness talks on menstrual hygiene (restricted to female volunteers)
  • Training children from government schools in various cultural activities
  • Assembly of school kits and distribution to the underprivileged school children


Reports Of Our Corporate Engagements…
  • Corporate Volunteering Conclave – CVC 2018

    CVC 2018, March 16th 2018, Bengaluru

    The Corporate Volunteering Conclave organized by Youth for Seva on March 16th, 2018, was a unique event to bring to light the best practices of corporate employee engagement.

    In a first of it’s kind event, corporate volunteer champions, executive champions, leaders from the development sector, CSR experts and policy makers were brought together under one roof to brainstorm and share ideas as part of this national symposium on sustaining communities through corporate engagement and volunteering.

    The event saw 300+ delegates from various corners of India participate whole-heartedly and network with like-minded individuals. Shri Vinay Sahasrabudde, MP (Rajya Sabha), Honorary Director (Public Policy Research Institute) and Vice Chairperson (India Social Responsibility Network) stressed on the need to identify with the deprived sections for effective volunteering, and take CSR to relationship building, beyond funding.

    Two panel discussions, one comprising of representatives from corporates leading employee engagement, and another comprising of NGOs utilizing the skills of corporate employees to their best, threw light on various ideas and initiatives, and challenges too. The corporate panel saw Shyam Penumaka (Entrepreneuer, ISB PGP-2004) chairing the discussion among Srikantan Moorthy (Executive Vice President and Head, Global Services, Infosys), Shannu Kaw (Director, Global Business Services, Cisco Systems), Archana Sahay (Head –CSR, Thomson Reuters India) and Tushar Juvekar (Head-CSR, KPIT Technologies Limited) discussing about the Ideas and Initiatives for Employee Engagement.

    The NGO panel had Jagadeesh Maiya (Vice President Software Engineering, Optiv Cyber security India, Vice President – Youth for Seva) chairing the discussion of ‘Impact of Corporate Volunteer Engagement’ involving Capt Indraani Singh (Founder, Managing Trustee, Literacy India), Atul Nagras (Chairman, Seva Sahayog), Mahantesh GK (Founder Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled), KS Ramanan (Chief Programme Officer, Dream A Dream) and Keerthishankar (Head – CSR Projects, Youth for Seva).

    The conclave also saw the release of :

    Corporate Volunteering Handbook: A tool to enable and enhance employee engagement in volunteering.

    Awards in three categories, for Corporates, NGOs and individual employees spearheading volunteering, were also distributed during the event.

    Shridhar Venkat, CEO, Akshaypatra delivered the valedictory keynote, calling for more participating in community service and experience the joy of giving.

    All in all, the conclave marked the perfect culmination for the decennial celebrations of Youth for Seva, as we gear up to do more. Join us, as we reiterate our mission to inculcate a culture of volunteering, to build a sense of inclusion, promote sustainability and maximize impact.

    More pictures of the event here: Corporate Volunteering Conclave on Facebook

    For videos: Corporate Volunteering Conclave on YouTube

    We thank event sponsors ONGC, and our venue partner Infosys Ltd for all the support. We look forward to hosting more such initiatives to anchor thought leadership in the development sector, especially on promoting volunteerism. We also thank our board of trustees and advisors for gracing the occasion. We also thank all the delegates for their whole-hearted participation in the conclave.

  • January 2018-Together We can

    Youth For Seva  planned some activities for the Wells Fargo corporate volunteers at Premanjali
    Trust for Visually Impaired as a part of Wells Fargo CSR activity.

    YFS organized few games involving employees and the inmates at Premanjali. They had a one to one interaction,  exchange of creative Friendship cards etc.

    Few inmates exhibited their musical talent and mesmerized the audience with enticing

    Then , finally, few employees took up the actual volunteering activities like Book recording and

    This was followed by group picture session as a memory and sweet distribution was followed. With this, the events concluded.

  • October 2017-Lighting the Lives

    As a part of CSR activity, Wells Fargo and YFS together had been to Manonandana Rehabilitation center for Mentally Retarded children on 6th Oct 2017, wherein 11 volunteers from Wells Fargo interacted with 40 children at Manonandana for about 6 hrs. Prior to which these volunteers were briefly educated about the nature and kind of children, they were going to interact with.
    Later they were divided into two groups for involving them in activities.
    Group (a) took up Diya painting activity
    Group (b) took up making gift envelopes and greeting card making activities.
    A demo was given to the volunteers before the activity. Later the groups swapped the activities in the second half of the day.
    Finally, there was a pleasing outcome of:
    a) 40 decorative painted Diyas.
    b) 15 envelope covers
    c) 15 beautifully made greeting cards.

  • Human Milk Bank at Niloufer Hospital

    Dhaatri Mother’s Milk Bank: Initial Report

    A critical study by YFS team, spearheaded by Dr Santhosh Kumar, Public Health Specialist and others including Dr Srinivas Goud and Dr Bhamidipati Satyanarayana revealed the following:

    • Telangana has one of the highest incidence of neonatal deaths and infant deaths in South India
    • Hospital Mortality Rates at Tertiary care centers are also one of the highest in the country
    • Breast feeding rates are abysmally low in Telangana
    • Lack of basic medical and general equipment
    • Lack of infrastructure, Severe shortfall in basic interventions like Neonatal Ambulances, Breast Feeding Initiatives, Milk Banks, KMCs, etc.
    • Lack of enough trained manpower

    The Team had noted that Niloufer had seen substantial number of neonatal deaths in 2015-16: both, in-born as well as out-born admissions from Petlaburj, Sultan Bazar and elsewhere owing to asphyxiation, lack of proper feeds, etc  with number at an alarming  1700 neonate deaths out of a total of 16000 neonatal admissions in 2015-16.

    After extensive consultations with domain experts, the team concluded that an ambulance for the Neonates combined with a Mother’s milk bank could prove to be vital to save neonates. As a part of the next steps, the team started working towards stemming this gap through ground breaking interventions.

    “Mother’s Milk Bank, Dhaatri” stems from the thought that newborns deprived of their own mother’s milk can be given donor mother milk.

    As a part of next steps,

    • A discussion was held with YFS to rope in volunteers to promote awareness on Mother’s Milk and how to involve corporates for supporting innovations.
    • YFS readily agreed to support and we started pitching in to corporates for their support.
    • Wellsfargo India, Cotiviti cares and NTT Data are the donors who have come forward to support the set up of Telangana’s First Mother’s Milk Bank.
    • YFS approached Niloufer Hospital management to set up Mother’s Milk Bank, Dhaatri and they agreed to provide us the operation space measuring 2200 Sq. Ft.

    A steering committee meeting convened by Dr Santhosh Kumar Kraleti and chaired by Smt Karuna Vakati, IAS, Commissioner of Health & Family Welfare was conducted on May 2, 2017. The team presented updates on procurement, recruitment and launch dates. This meeting was attended by Govt Officials – Director of Medical Education, Dr M Ramani; Superintend of Niloufer Hospital, Dr Ramesh Reddy, Donor Representatives, Technical Committee members and YFS coordinators. We’re gearing up for a launch by the last week of May 2017.

    Steering committee meeting
  • Sphoorti 2016

    Youth for Seva celebrated the second edition of SPHOORTI, in partnership with Sakshama Foundation (A national level organization working towards the all-round development of children with special abilities). Around 177 differently-abled children from 19 NGOs participated in 13 cultural events in 5 different categories. The children showcased their talent in various contests such as pick and speak, yoga, quiz, clay-making, fashion show, group dance, and braille writing. About 70 volunteers from corporates such as CISCO, CTS, VM Ware, Adecco India, Mysis, Axis Bank took part in SPHOORTI 2016 event.

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