Every NGO would have engaged a few volunteers at one time or another. But, very few NGOs have made it their organization culture to engage the community and build upon the power of volunteering. Often, it becomes easy to hire paid staff and get the work done rather than engage volunteers from the community. Engaging volunteers has its own challenges and those who learn the art and science of engaging volunteers effectively are able to create sustainable programs and grow with the community participation.

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For the sustainability of any program, community participation is key and volunteering is a good way to begin the process. When you engage volunteers, it accomplishes the task of sensitizing the public at large on the issue the NGO is working for.When there is community participation and engagement, there is a joint ownership for the cause which ensures accountability of the NGO’s work. An added bonus is that volunteers make for cost effective and qualified man power. Volunteering also instils the spirit of ‘Seva’ (selfless service) in a large number of people and also a sense of connectedness and belongingness to the society.When more people are involved, there is an opportunity to create more positive change agents in the society which would strengthen the health of society. Solutions for a community’s problems can be evolved locally without much external interference.The need for external funding is greatly reduced. Volunteer engagement enables participation of local communities in all stages of developmental programs from need assessment-design and implementation.

  • August 2018-Volunteer Engagement with Partner NGOs

    This August , the volunteers at YFS contributed to the below events conducted by our partner NGO’s.

    Yoga for Visually Challenged – YFS volunteer was connected to Premanjali,an organization for Visually challenged to teach Suryanamaskara and Pranayama to the inmates.

    Annual Report for Manonandana – YFS volunteer assisted the Manonandana trust in designing their NGO Annual report .

    Flyer design and Content writing for Partner NGOs-YFS volunteers supported few NGOs by designing flyers for their events and assisted them with content writing for their website updation.

    Kidwai Satsang and Food distribution – A Satsang, accompanied by food distribution was conducted for the patients and their care takers at the Kidwai Cancer Institute. The whole idea was to create a more positive environment, and bring a smile to the face of the people who deserve it the most. YFS volunteers supported in crowd management,food and cloth distribution.The student volunteers also performed few cultural events for the inmates.

    Finger chats by Enable India – An event to spread awareness about the need of learning sign language by including games based on sign language and hearing impairments.

    Inclupedence Day & Freedom Fest by Enable India -Community Initiatives of Enable India in Collaboration with Namma Metro hosted the inclusive independence day celebration in Bangalore – Inclupendence Carnival.Volunteers from YFS assisted in registering Participants, Decorating the Venue, Mobilising People, Distributing Water and Snacks,  organizing Games, Dance, Silent National Anthem and setting up Blind Simulation Room.

    Parental Guidance by Full circle- Parental guidance workshop on “Managing emotions and stress in adolescents” by renowned pshycotherapist Padamashri Rao was organized by Full circle in collaboration with YFS.The informative session was attended by parents of the underprivileged where the speaker emphasized the importance of positive parenting.Volunteers supported in  managing the registration desk and stage management .

    Deaf cricket event by Enable India- Deaf cricket is a sports event where persons with and without Hearing impairment engage in fun game of cricket thus, building sportsmanship and inclusion.Volunteers were engaged in playing cricket along with handling registrations and co-ordination activities.A team of volunteres participated in nthe cricket Tournament.

    E-waste awareness and Collection drive by ENSYDE- E-waste being very hazardous , the disposal of the same must be done  very cautiously. Group of volunteers who did  door to door e-waste awareness and collection @JP ngr. Along with the collection,they gave the information of availability of e-waste bins at Bangalore one centres,post offices and different collection points.

    Support to Ashankura Trust- Volunteers assisting in conducting  Sports  activity as part of the weekly engagement for the differentlyabled at Ashankura Trust.

  • Sep 2018 -Volunteer Engagement with Partner NGOs

    We at YFS believe in the ‘Joy of Giving’. This September, the volunteers at YFS contributed to the below events conducted by our partner NGO’s.

    Krishna Janmashtami at Kidwai– Krishna Janmashtami also known as Krishnashtami, commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna,  is not just about offering prayers and fasting; it has some special activities associated with the celebrations.Janmashtami is the day Bal Krishna is worshipped or Krishna in his infant form is worshipped.On this day, 30 volunteers from YFS supported  Sri Swami Vivekananda  Prathisthana in dressing up 150 Paediatric patients  at Kidwai Memorial of Oncology to resemble little Krishnas & little Radhes  .These little children were taken on a procession in a chariot ,to bring in a feel good factor amongst them.

    Krishna Janmashtami at ISKCON by Gopals –  Volunteers from YFS were involved  in  creating  an awareness on Gou  to the public on  the occassion of Krishna Janmasthami,where they  also assisted in introducing different breeds of Gau,taking care of feeding the cows,managing the stall and speaking  to the  public.

    IOAF Trust launch –Volunteers assisted the team in the launch event of the Trust ,an inspiring  event,with chief guest, PadmaShree  awardee- Dr.   Malathi holla.

    Volunteer Enrichment Session- YFS volunteers participated in an enrichment session on Right to Information which was handled by Team VFC,where the attendees were given a  glimpse of what all can be achieved using the information, be it as small as getting the roads tarred to getting the scams and the accused out for trial.48 YFS  volunteers participated in the session.

    I-run Marathon by Yuva Brigade- Volunteers participated in the I-run marathon and Digvijaya event organized by Yuva brigade  to commemorate 125th year celebration of   Swami Vivekananda Chicago address.

    Respite care by Tamahar-  YFS Volunteers assisted the Tamahar staff  in taking care of children with special needs by keeping them engaged in activities during their annual sports  .

    Traffic awareness event by VFC – YFS volunteers participated in the Traffic awareness event by VFC at Yeshwanthpur signal, Bengaluru.Volunteers were dressed up as Bappas(Lord Ganesha) to inspire,  educate and spread the road safety awareness message to the public.


    Blind Cricket by Enable India – Sports for All is an Enable Community initiative to promote inclusion where persons with and without disability play sports tournament. Blind cricket is a sports event where persons with and without visual impairment engage in fun game of cricket thus, building sportsmanship and inclusion.Volunteers participated in the game,thereby supporting the inclusive community initiative.


    YFS volunteers  contributed to all of the above events with the vision to continue their service to the society with a similar zeal and conviction.


  • Oct-YFS_ NGO workshop

    Youth For Seva  had organized an NGO workshop titled “Corporate Engagement and CSR Projects”   on Oct 6th,2018 .

    54 NGOs across Bangalore from different domains participated in the workshop ,with a total of 89 participants.

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    The workshop was split into two folds, the  first being CSR engagement which  covered  information on CSR  Act, NGOs preparedness to approach Corporates,entry to corporates,engaging corporate volunteers and second being the art of writing a comprehensive project proposal .

    Writing a clear, thorough and targeted project proposals being  very essential for an NGO’s success, the workshop focused on  the  NGOs preparedness to approach Corporates, skills of developing  a comprehensive project proposal by defining the project goals and objectives,designing project strategy,monitoring and reporting,risks , activities,milestones,tracking,reporting mechanism budgeting and other factors which are essential for a robust project .

    The sessions were handled by Mr.Venkatesh Murthy,National Organizing Secretary,YFS and Mr.Keerthishankar,Director,Corporate Relations,YFS.

    An interactive session on identifying the goals and objectives  specific to the NGOs was planned,where few NGOs could identify these and write a project proposal based on  it.

    At the end of the workshop,the participants could,

    -Analyse the objective  of the project and address it systematically.

    -Develop a project design.

    -Draw a detailed implementation plan.

    -Write a comprehensive proposal with Budget.


  • July 2018-Volunteer Engagement at Partner NGOs

    We at Youth For Seva believe that “Together” we can make a difference. This July apart from teaching English, Mathematics, arts and story to the children, the volunteers at YFS contributed to the below events conducted by our partner NGO’.

    95 volunteers were engaged across 9 NGOs in the month of July .

    1. RTI workshop by Volunteer For Cause – Spreading awareness about the “Right to Information” that every citizen of our country should YFS Volunteers attended the informative session.
    2. Know Your Heroes by Volunteer For Cause – Spreading awareness about the unsung and brave heroes of our nation, so that we pass on the same zeal to the bright and young minds we work with. YFS Volunteers attended the session
    3. Kidwai Satsang and Food distribution by Swami Vivekananda Bharatha Pratishthana – A Satsang, accompanied by food distribution was conducted for the patients and their care takers at the Kidwai Cancer Institute. The whole idea was to create a more positive environment, and bring a smile to the face of the people who deserve it the most.The volunteers also took up th initiative of supporting the painting event for padeatric patients.
    4. Blind movie screening by enable India – An awareness drive, followed by an interactive session on the need of the inclusion of persons with disability in movie screening.
    5. Sign Language event by Enable India – An awareness drive for the sign language on social media and the launch of a series of videos that may help people learn the sign language easily. The whole idea is to create a healthy society inclusive of people with disability.
    6. Volunteers supported Premanjali  in audio recording activities.
    7. Supported Yogabharathi by designing flyers for their event.
    8. Teaching yoga for Visually impaired by conducting classes at Premanjali organization for Blind.
    9. AIRD session – A workshop organized by AIRD Research center for the elderly/Senior citizens on the topic” FALL PREVENTION AMONG ELDERLY” followed by sessions by eminent Doctors across Bengaluru.Volunteers supported in the medical camp organized for the elders.
    10. Libready by VFC –An event to read the stories aloud and share the learnings with the young and vibrant minds of the child homes.
    11. Traffic awareness by VFC – An event to spread awareness about the road safety.
    12. Sign language games by VFC – An event to spread awareness about the need of learning sign language by including games based on sign language and hearing impairments.
    13. Clean up drive by YFP – An event to cleanup a garbage dumping yard and a urination corner in Cubbonpet.
    14. NammaKaaduHabba by YFP – A tree plantation drive in Turahalli Forest.
    15. Supported Joy of parenting session by Full circle – A session to spread awareness about good parenting and the joy associated with the same.
    16. Blind cricket with Enable India – An event to promote inclusion of people with disability in our society including sports.
    17. Fruit distribution and drawing activity at Indira gandhi institute of Mental health for paediatric division.Volunteer also gave a talk on Nuitritional food for children.As it marked the Birth Anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak ,volunteers also spoke about the great personality.
    18. Vanamahotsava by Gopals – An event for Gou shala cleaning,  medicinal sapling plantation, and de-weeding activity,DHoopa preparations from Cow dung, Tree plantation activity.
    19. Meet the paws by VFC at Maruthi Shelter home – An event that involved walking the furriers, bathing and brushing, spraying medicines, mending the fence, weeding the place, and sanitizing the walls.
    20. Finger Chat by Enable India – An event to learn sign language in order to communicate with the deaf people and create an inclusive society.
    21. Inclupendence Day practice-Tandav by Smile Foundation in collaboration with Enable India, an Independence Day carnival involving dance and celebration of freedom.Volunteers participated for 3-4 weeks and gave a good performance on Independence day thereby showcasing the inclusive society.
    22. A session on Telescope and its principle of operation was conducted by Nikitha From SSERD for the Students of Sneha Seva Trust through Youth For Seva.
    23. Volunteers were engaged in content writing for SSERD NGO.
    24. Apart from supporting the events,Health Camps were conducted at multiple orphanages and old age homes by our volunteers.

    Youth For Seva  contributed to all of the above events with the vision to continue our service to the society with a similar zeal and conviction. We believe in facilitating a movement of volunteering and empowering individuals to become positive change agents in the society. Let us together make this world a better place to live in.

  • June 2018-Volunteer engagements with Partner NGOs

    YFS volunteers and partner NGOs mutually had a privilege to engage with each other working towards social causes in various means. Several events that happened in June 2018 portrayed the same.
    52 volunteers supported 10 events from 10 Partner NGOs during this month.

    YFS volunteers attended the Satsang and the Food distribution at Kidwai Cancer Institute organised by Swami Vivekananda Shrestha Bharatha Prathisthana. In the  two-hours satsang, Ramakrishma Ashrama BHajan team  presented a sumptuous treat of devotional  music ,immensely pleasing the group.  This programme was a part of the monthly cultural programmes conducted @ Kidwai. After the Satsang , volunteers from Youth for Seva ,helped in the distribution of food to patients and their caretakers.

    Finger chat of Enable India is an event,which is a community initiative of Enable India to spread sign language awareness to the society,so that we understand the deaf culture and promote the sense of inclusion.Volunteers were taught the basics of sign language .

    The ENSYDE event focused on providing awareness session for students(around 350 children) of Sunkenahalli govt School on e-waste,ban on  single use plastic,followed by sapling plantation. It was a YFS co-ordinated the event.Primary and High school- around 350 children were involved

    The  ENSYDE event focused on sensitizing people on e-waste, single use plastic and other environment related issues. The purpose was spreading awareness about responsible e-waste collection and recycling.It included activities such as- cloth bag painting, competitions, pledges and activities in support of environment awareness.

    The  SAAHAS event centered on awareness on Single use plastic,waste segregation to the corporates @ RMZ campus.

    Estha NGO was participated in the  stall @Texas Instruments  on account of  World Environment Day.

    Our intern was connected to Sambhav Foundation.At Sambhav, the kids have conditions varying from Down syndrome to microcephaly to ADHD with seizures to cerebral palsy. The intern was in charge of a kid with cerebral palsy who had restricted movement in his leg, tremors and is a little slow in speech. The intern spent the day helping him with various activities like identification of Colors, puzzles and stringing together beads. Every class has a teacher, so along with looking after the kid intern also helped her out with the other children.

    The volunteers supported ,Youth For Parivarthan in transforming an ugly and shady wall right opposite to the Ram Mandir Ground (Rajajinagar PU college)in Rajajinagar,which was cleaned and beautified by Team YFPin association with YFS.YFS assisted the activity by facilitating the volunteers.

    The event by Meraki  was an opportunity to engage volunteers with children at Panathur Government School organized by Meraki. Various activities like painting, creating art forms, a small skit and birthday celebrations were conducted for children.The volunteers were fascinated to engage with these children in the activities and helping them throughout the activities.


    The kids from Srirampuram free basic home were taken to Cubbon Park  as part of their picnic by Meraki.Games, art activities and music session were planned for the children.They were taken to Balbhavan and engaged in fun games and activities.

    Volunteers have been connected to help Premanjali, with Documentation, audio recording of  the  books for the visually impaired students to help them take up their exams and come out with flying colours.

    Volunteers participated in One Sign per Day event launch of Enable India,which  is a Community initiative of Enable India to spread sign language awareness to all over social media. It is a series of videos where Deaf teach sign language and those interested to learn can do so by simply subscribing to this channel.  Thus, by continuing to spread awareness, understanding the disability sector and volunteering we hope to build an inclusive nation of Change-makers.

    The Blind Movie initiative By Enable India, purposed to create an awareness on inclusion of persons with disability by watching the movie blindfolded followed by an interactive session.The volunteers of Youth For Seva participated in the same .


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