Youth in Puducherry are at high risk of alcoholism and drug addiction, and they often lack resources to develop employable entrepreneurial skills and opportunities for civic engagement. These factors have led to an increased rate of youth suicide in Puducherry. TYCL and MUHGIL strive to engage civic society to acknowledge the importance of youth well-being, take action against the challenges facing youth in the region and promote inter-generational transfer of knowledge surrounding these issues. Related projects include the Youth Helpline, the Youth Resource Centre and INAGI – A Visual SWOT. Since 2013, TYCL and MUGHIL have joined the United Nations’ International Youth Day celebrations, which are held annually on 12th August. In 2016, we marked the day with the following events.
As part of our initiative for inter-generational knowledge transfer, we launched an album of environmental awareness songs. All music and lyrics were written by Mr. Vaiyampatti Muthuswami, who has four decades of rich experience in writing and singing social and environmental awareness songs in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. This mix of traditional skills and creativity will help many young people learn and grow as environmentally conscious human beings. Music and Technical support provided by the children and staff team of SAMUGAM Trust, Puducherry. The album is available for purchase here.
TYCL is a launch pad for youth creativity and innovation. Ms. Reena Jenifer is an aspiring novelist native to Puducherry. At 22 years old, she has written her first book, Now and Forever, which tells the story of a girl who has an abnormal fear of men (Androphobia). With this book, Ms. Reena aims to help young males understand other genders and their expectations of men. On the special occasion of International Youth Day 2016, we were happy to recognize this exceptional creativity from a young girl and are proud to support the publication of her book. Now and Forever is available for sale here.
Young people have high potential for innovative skills and creativity. Even with the limited opportunities available, many of them are serving as the young change agents of society in various capacities, but those efforts and initiatives often go unnoticed and unappreciated by officials. In order to fill the gap and promote young social change makers, TYCL and MUGHIL jointly provide the Puducherry Young Social Change Maker Award, presented on International Youth Day since 2015. The award serves to identify and promote young positive social change agents and recognize their efforts to improve the face of Puducherry and its youth population. Read about our 2016 award winners here.