Name/ Year/ College

Jehosh Paul, 1st year, School of Law Christ University Bengaluru.

Name of the Organisation

Young Leaders for Active Citizenship India.

Kind of Organisation

Founded by Harvard and Oxford alumni, Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC) creates transformative learning experiences that build the capacity of young people to lead change in society.

YLAC programs take students outside the realm of what is conventionally taught in schools and universities.

The aim is to help participants broaden their perspective, draw connections across disciplines, hone their leadership styles and put learning into action by engaging in live projects.

Duration of the Workshop

18 February 2017 – 19 March 2017

(The sessions were held only over the weekend and we had to work on our project over the week).

Team strength and Participants

YLAC Bengaluru had a team strength of three and there were over 60 participants with very diverse background and everyone was from the best of colleges in India.

Application Procedure

The application form will be available online at the YLAC website and one has to submit a statement of purpose along with a policy brief.

The High School Achievers Programme is for the School Children and The Policy in Action is for undergraduate students, graduates and professionals.

First impression

It was a class apart experience since the mentors themselves are Harvard and Oxford graduates.

We were mailed the pre-readings before every session and the next day Rohit and Aprajita along with Shruti conducted the sessions quite elegantly.

The sessions were informative, interesting, interactive and emphasised the importance of pragmatism in policy making.

Main tasks

We were divided into teams and each team was assigned a Member of Parliament who was already working on that policy. Hence, it was really a live project. I was lucky to be assigned to a policy maker who I deeply admired – Prof. Rajeev Gowda and worked on his project of Making Bengaluru a Tourist Hub.

It was a bit hectic meeting the strict deadlines since I had to complete my college’s assignments parallelly but it was worth the extra mile of effort.

Work Environment

It was a very friendly and an ideal environment to learn. Rohit and Aprajita were the best mentors one could possibly ask for. What struck a chord deep within me was when Rohit, a IIT and HARVARD graduate, was more than an embodiment of humility and humbleness.

One can only understand that feeling of joy when one gets to be mentored by someone who is not just wow on his CV but also in real human values of compassion.

Key Takeaways.

Whilst many at YLAC Bengaluru programme were those who wanted to explore the realm of Policy Making, I was someone who was keen on politics but was not from a political background.

This workshop opened a new world of opportunities for me since it got me to interact with those people whom I always admired watching on TV.

It also helped me make contacts which would probably play a crucial role in my carrier. In fact, my prior experience at YLAC has helped me secure an Internship with one of the top most policy makers in the country and now I’m just in my second year of Law School.

Even after the workshop is over, YLAC team keeps sending mails whenever Policy organisations and Policy Makers are in need of interns or are offering jobs.

I was lucky to be assigned a highly educated MP who was very friendly and encouraged students for active participation in politics and someone who would go on to consider me to work with his team in the coming days.

I would personally tell the readers that if you are the kind of person who has a similar story like me then I would surely recommend this workshop since it was a great bridging factor and at the end of the day, it is the possibility of a dream coming true that makes life interesting!

 

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