To build a healthy democratic society, it is important to build healthy, competent and engaged citizens. With this objective, The Global Times- Amity newspaper launched Youth Power Level 2 in April 2009. The unique ongoing national talent hunt across 8 Amity schools in Delhi/NCR, and 25 prestigious schools associated with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) across India, now enters Phase IV: Be the change.
Be the Change: With the objective of exposing students to community service programmes, Phase IV focuses on the importance of Awareness and Sensitivity, expand upon their Communication Skils and develop an Extra Edge that ‘Makes the Difference.’ All this, while providing them hands-on experience. The eighteen finalists across India are working in close association with different NGOs namely Centre for Science & Environment, Sakshi, Deepalaya, Sweksha, Peer Pressure- Kundan Sadan and Exnora, to sensitize them on issues they have worked upon in the earlier phases.
In the next phase ‘Dare to lead’, all the eighteen finalists will participate in an overnight leadership camp. The camp designed to enable the best and brightest potential in youth, shall shortlist 8 semi-finalists who showcase their leadership skils at the Grand Finale Youth Power Seminar. Judged by an esteemed panel comprising experts from media, academia and youth icons, two finalists will bag the Youth Power 2009 trophy.
Youth Power: Early Phases
Phase 1: Registration Youth Power 2009-10 was launched with the Registration Form in the Global Times issue dated April 1-15, 2009. 330 students across the country were short listed.
Phase II: My Voice Short listed candidates participated in Group Discussions held through April-May 2009 where they voiced their concerns through topics like- ‘India unfit for democracy’, ‘The environment – a citizen’s responsibility’, ‘IPL fanfare in the time of recession’, ‘Positive impact of Globalization –more a hype than a reality’, ‘Education and Success – is there a correlation?’, ‘Dealing with terror’, etc. Two participants from each school, qualified for the next phase.
Phase III: I can & I will This phase, took the short-listed participants through a self-evaluation exercise where each of them through the activities chosen, learnt to choose a goal, work towards its implementation thus displaying leadership skils and acquiring new skils while keeping the focus alive. 18 students, judged on the ability to translate the project into action, the knack to rally people around one’s ideas, administrative and leadership skils, Initiative, Practicality and Creativity, qualified for Phase IV.
Through different phases and the tasks undertaken by students, Youth Power aims to sensitize them towards various social issues and develop ethical leadership qualities.