As a platform for young people to engage with and explore issues, Rubaroo also is a resource centre - where youth can lead conversations on issues important and relevant to them. Youth Cafés are periodic meetings, activities, sessions, or learning spaces held at the Rubaroo office, as a leadership opportunity for young people to take on social issues and current events in a structured process and learn from it.
These sessions are 3-5 hours long, usually held on weekends, on diverse topics and current affairs and is fully youth and volunteer led. Head over to our calendar to join us for a conversation at out next Youth Café session.
This in-turn-ship programme facilitates an intensive learning journey for youth and aims
to not only challenge their comfort zone but simultaneously learn about themselves and social
issues all around them.
The three phases to this in-turn-ship programme are :
1. The Orientation Camp (OC): Participants begin this journey with a 4-6 day orientation camp in partnership with a grassroots organization in Telangana or Andhra Pradesh, to prepare them for the journey ahead. The OC community is a different setting, and the team of Rubaroo holds varied sessions to explore issues of stereotypes, identities, sustainable development, and the need to be open to learning.
2. In-turn-ship placement: As part of the programme, we place volunteers for a period of 4-6 weeks with grass-root level organizations across India. This exposure component is a reflection of our belief in experiential learning as one of the best ways of learning, which allows individuals to form their own opinions, differentiate facts from fiction, and at the same time, provides the host organization with a helping hand on different projects through specific skills of the volunteer.
3. Debriefing: Post their exposures the volunteers are part of a debrief exercise to share their experiences and the learning that they may have gained, to put them into action for the future.
Get in touch with us prior to your winter or summer vacation, where you may have a 4-6 week break, to be part of this immersive learning experience.
This is a 5-10 days community exposure in partnership with a grassroots organization anywhere in India.
These organizations work with various social issues in their communities, and Rubaroo facilitates this
platform for youth to learn from the organization through their experience with the community. This
exposure creates an opportunity for youth to analyze social structures to challenge patterns and norms,
and the role they play in 'development'.
Youth return to their home communities and take action to solve local problems around them by connecting all that they may have learnt on the exposure, to their own realities and day to day lives.
If you are an institution and want to organize and exposure through NSS or NCC, get in touch with us to learn more. If you are an individual and are keen to join us on an exposure, head over to our calendar to look at the next scheduled dates for the rural exposure. Minimum group size = 25 participants
Agaaz-e-Baatcheet is a platform for young people to interpret and reflect deeply upon the underlying message of different faiths and identities, finding and celebrating the commonalities between them. This is done by engaging with Youth Champions in a leadership journey through a series of activities including workshops on the theme of Interfaith and Identity, symposium with religious leaders of different faiths, conversations with peers from heterogeneous religious communities, and Social Action Projects (SAP), which is followed by a closing ceremony and musical night. This journey for any Youth Champion begin with a 3-day orientation workshop, followed by Social Action Projects that they setup, organise, and lead.
Rubaroo, was supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad, in organizing Agaaz-e-Baatcheet in 2017, which included the Interfaith Week from 12th-19th November 2017, in Hyderabad. The InterFaith Network for the UK (IFN) www.interfaith.org.uk was founded in 1987 to “advance public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in Britain, including an awareness both of their distinctive features and their common ground and to promote good relations between persons of different faiths.” Rubaroo brought the Interfaith Week to Hyderabad, India, as part of the Agaaz-e-Baatcheet programme. 125 Youth Champions were part of Agaaz-e-Baatcheet in 2007, who led 32 Social Action Projects.
A ‘Call for Applications’ is held once this programme is open for participation. You may either hear about this programme through your institution or through an open call. If you are an institution and keen to participate in this programme, get in touch with us! Meanwhile, stay tuned to this space, for the call for the next cycle of the programme to be shared.
The Emerging Leaders programme is a 6-8 month long programme where youth are part of an intensive urban volunteering and leadership experience. The programme also has different cycles of thematics where the focus may be strengthening employability skills, engaging with issues of early and child marriage, advocating for interfaith dialogue, or other social issues followed up with personal transformative leadership journeys.
Previously, we have run an 'Employability' curriculum supporting vocational training centers like life skills of Self Awareness, team building, personal action plans among many others.
If you have an existing youth group that you’re working with, we can partner with you to support the process of a journey from Self Awareness to Self Empowerment where participants become leaders in their own spaces and communities.