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Have you come across a platform where your job profile depends on your practical skill and knowledge and that stands above your academic profile? You have a major in Political Science but your passion is in storytelling and the development platform provides you with environment where you pursue storytelling through various creative media that you are interested in and love, ranging from dance, music, theatre, filmmaking, painting, body movement, creative writing, journalism, etc? Salt Lake City Prayasam is a non profit organization, acting as a platform for youth where one can hone their skill and expertise in myriads of streams, creating a nexus to expand the outcomes to one’s community. We create environment where youth are self empowered

to bring lifestyle changes by taking onus of their communities. Prayasam is driven by the famous saying “the wearer only knows where the shoe pinches”. Our youth drive the work through bottom-up approach and are the principal decision makers within the ambit of the administration. When the world may shun and shy away the commonly called “slum youth” as beneficiaries or someone who one should sympathise with, Prayasam mentored them over 24 years and now they are the organization’s Directors, Programme Officers and Project Associates. One has to work closely with this family of professionals to understand its modus operandi which is not only enriching in itself but it makes you see the world with a completely new sensitive lens.

280000+

Youth Mentored (Urban)

3200000+

Youth Mentored (Rural)

160

Government Aided Schools

371

Madrasahs

15

Marginalized Communities

13

Districts

38

Cities Outreached Worldwide

Prayasam Visual Basics

Prayasam Visual Basics (PVB) is a platform to engage and empower youth to become Community Visual Minders, using digital media (films, photography, white board animation, audio stories, videos, etc) as advocacy tool for community development, through the creation of Community Youth Film Production Hub at grassroot level. It harnesses the power of visual media for creating social change and enterprise. This Grassroot Production Hub taps local community human resources, irrespective of their academic degree, to effectively use digital media to communicate and advocate youth issues and their rights. This program intentionally links creativity and individual growth in a participatory approach centered around the lives of youth.

To know more about how Prayasam Visual Basics functions, acting as the mouthpiece of youth at large, click here

Kalanjali

Youth from marginalized communities pursuing Art as their passion and/or profession is mostly frowned upon and often termed as “garib baccho k liye dance school” (a dance school for the poor kids). Prayasam breaks this stereotypical mindset that views art through the prism of classism to create an art space where any youth can freely embrace their creative pursuits without any discrimination whatsoever. Whether your family income is 5k or 50k, Kalanjali is an open platform where one can learn and/or practice, pursue any cultural art – dance, music, painting, body movements, theatre, exhibitions. Here the youth speak their minds through creative art forms that mirror the prevailing social and intersectional issues, how the day to day life of an average individual revolves and how our mentality and behaviour are shaped by social norms.

To understand how Kalanjali is empowering the youth to express their emotions through creativity, click here

 

Prasaad 

Do you know the concept of breakfast is alien in the communities? People mostly resort to roadside food cooked in highly unhygienic environment with extremely unhealthy cooking medium. Prasaad is functioning to fill this void and acts as the low cost community kitchen which provides hygienic and nutritious food at a subsidized rate. It is an entrepreneurial venture that simultaneously creates income opportunity for the youth working in this setup. Prasaad’s operation is not limited to the communities but has expanded to cater to different institutions including two outlets in the American Centre Library in Kolkata, India. Prasaad works with the concept of CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE, where it is not just about the food but it also strives to develop knowledge among its members about the entire culture that encompasses each cuisine.

If you are interested in food and want to explore how Prasaad uses cuisine as an art, click here

 

Ontrack 

Unarguably adolescence is a difficult period to navigate but so is the expectation pressure of adulthood. Striking a balance between personal and professional life often becomes complicated, relationships going hay way with the tension of getting a job or maintaining one – all of these are common scenarios of our everyday life. Ontrack is a platform which nurtures the necessary life and soft skills of the youth, preparing them for the life ahead and building their confidence and decision making skill to deal with complex daily life situations. Ontrack on one hand mentors the youth with professional skills that would not only enable them to find respectable jobs but also with the skill and expertise to maintain it. On the other hand, it enables the members to introspect, question and debate with ones ownself, understand how to maintain interpersonal relationships, handle the matters of personal life with positivity instead of slipping into anxiety and hence make their personal life more fulfilling.

If you want to know who Ontrack works as a “human mentoring zone”, click here

 

CVNN

Community Visual News Network (CVNN) is an online news channel upholding news from and of the communities which are non biased, non sensational and portrays the real scenario of communities; the Unsung Heroes, the positive stories of daily life as well as their problems and issues, but without any exaggeration. It is a platform of grassroot journalism, gleaning news that largely remains unrepresented in the popular news media. The overall objective is to bring change to people’s views and perceptions of the communities, which have been projected in a negative light since time immemorial. Hence, it will bridge the gap between the so-called privileged and underprivileged communities by creating a space for the community youth to share their lived experiences with the world.

If you want to know how CVNN is creating the environment of grassroot journalism and stories straight out from the communities, click here

 

 

Sahajpath

Sahajpath (Easy Learning) is the play school in the communities for young children between 3 to 6 years following the Early Childhood Education model. Here basic activity based learning is employed so that the young children can have and retain the interest of learning. The method of teaching includes using audio visuals, cost effective Teaching Learning Methods (TLMs), storytelling sessions, indoor and outdoor sports. The children experience a child friendly environment, developing their fine motor skills, basic manners, social skills along with their cognitive and academic development. Sahajpath’s objective is to ensure an environment where imagination has no boundaries, a secured space for children to play and learn. Many young children after completing their 3 years in Sahajpath have got opportunities in mainstream English medium schools as well.

If you are interested in the early childhood education model of Sahajpath and want to know further about how it functions as the domain of children’s imagination, click here

 

DRS

Based on the concept of economic equity and recycling, Prayasam’s Duo Ranir Sanghsar (Material Bank) has become the to go shopping space for community people. It provides regular materials (garments and household) required in daily life at a subsidized rate to community people as per their income status. From apparel to shoes, from furniture to cooking appliances, anything which is in usable condition is donated at the Material Bank. These materials then get sorted into 3 categories: first for direct selling in the community, second for recycling and third for upcycling into usable material.

To know more about the entire process of the Material Bank’s functioning, click here

 

Awards & Recognitions

2020, Prayasam’s Menstrual Education Movement was awarded by Adobe and Taking IT Global

2019, Prayasam’s Communications Director was invited to attend Youth Summit in Oslo under the Norwegian Ministry of External Affairs

2019, Prayasam’s mentee was invited by the Sundance Film Festival to present the work of Prayasam

2019, Prayasam’s two mentees were awarded as Adobe Scholars for their work in creative arts and filmmaking

2018, Prayasam’s two mentees’ work on LGBTQ and poetry was awarded by the Adobe

2018, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly was invited to attend Youth Summit in Kathmandu under the Norwegian Ministry of External Affairs

2018, Prayasam’s The Revolutionary Optimists has taken up by San Francisco Film Society in their syllabus module

2018, Prayasam’s two mentees were awarded as Adobe Scholars for their work in creative arts and filmmaking

2018, Prayasam’s two mentees’ work on gender and sports was awarded by the Adobe

2018, Prayasam’s mentee was selected as Ashoka Youth Venturer

2017, Prayasam’s concept of Media for Mentors was selected for international youth exchange programme under the Norwegian Ministry of External Affairs with Kenya

2017, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly was invited to attend Youth Summit in Oslo under the Norwegian Ministry of External Affairs

2017, Prayasam’s four mentees were awarded as Adobe Scholars for their work in grassroot journalism and filmmaking

2017, Prayasam’s two mentees were for community college initiative programme under the US Secretary of State with Scottsdale Community College and Virginia Community College

2016, Prayasam’s two mentees were for community college initiative programme under the US Secretary of State with Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College

2016, Prayasam’s mentee’s work on dance as a tool of community mobilization was awarded by the Adobe

2015, Prayasam’s signature concept Child Area Health Minders was awarded the Youth Innovation Award supported by UN Habitat and Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation

2015, Prayasam’s grassroot filmmaking hub Prayasam Visual Basics was awarded the Adobe Creative Catalyst Award in the entire Asia and one among the six in the world

2015, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly and his two mentees were invited as speakers at Ashoka Youth Forum in Washington D.C and New York

2015, Prayasam’s President was selected to be member of the Indian Parliamentary Advisory Group

2015, Prayasam’s two mentees were awarded as Adobe Scholars for their work in filmmaking

2015, Prayasam’s mentee was selected for community college initiative programme under the US Secretary of State with Wisconsin Northwest Technical College

2015, Prayasam was invited by John Hopkins University and Global Health Strategies to attend the Health Summit at Ahmedabad

2015, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly and his three mentees were invited to attend Slum Dwellers International Summit in Cape Town, hosted by Slum Dwellers International Secretariat

2015, Indian Institute of Management, Joka took up Prayasam’s model of social entrepreneurship as their internship study topic

2014, Prayasam’s The Revolutionary Optimists received the Audience Choice Award at Take One Action Film Festival of Scotland, an independent film festival supported by Bertha Foundation and Edinburg City Council

2014, Prayasam’s Social Media Director and his two mentees were invited at Adobe Youth Voices Summit at Santa Clara University

2014, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly was invited as a mentor to impact campaign workshop at the Kerala Film Festival

2013, Prayasam’s The Revolutionary Optimists received the Hilton Peace Award

2012, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly and his two mentees were speakers at Skoll World Forum, University of Oxford

2012, Prayasam’s mentee was invited as guest speakers at Vigyan Bhavan on the occasion of National Girl Child Day, hosted by the Ministry of Women & Child Development

2011, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly was awarded the Ford Fellowship by the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Picker Center for Executive Education at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

2011, Prayasam’s President and a mentee were invited as guest speakers at the Indian Parliament to present the work of Community Map

2010, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly has been awarded Indian Achievers’ Award for Social Service from Indian Achievers Forum

2009, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly was selected as the most innovative public health leader to be profiled in Revolutionary Optimists, a documentary film project headed by Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics, Program in Bioethics and Film

2007, Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to attend the Global Urban Summit on Innovations for an Urban World

2006, Ashoka Fellowship awarded to Prayasam’s Founder Director Amlan Kusum Ganguly for his signature concept of Child Area Health Minders

2001, Prayasam was invited by Environmental Studies department of University of California, Berkeley invited Prayasam to Dhaka

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