upon contributions of youth, to create peace-cities around the world
with people living in harmony with man & nature.”
We envision a
world where all people are equally respected, fully protected and universally
realized. Included in this vision is a world where all young people –
regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, gender or other differences
– are encouraged and empowered to non-violently claim their own rights and
serve as advocates for the rights of others.
first started as newspaper in 1990 by like minded
youngsters studying in various Colleges and University of the city,
slowly and steadily it took shape of an non-profit organization which
was formally got registered in 1996 in Chandigarh city of India.
first project was on waste management, providing gainful employment to
rag-pickers and green environment to residents by ensuring door to door
waste collection. This programme gradually
reached out to other important north India cities as well.
Volunteers of Yuvsatta were also first to start a free telephone
counseling service on matters related HIV, Drug Abuse and sex in the
January, 2000 in association with Gandhi Smriti
& Darshan Samiti,
Yuvsatta organized a World Youth Conference on ‘Millennium without
Violence’, at Panjab
Sri R. Venkataraman, former President of India
presided over the same and delegates of fifteen different countries
participated. And at Gandhi Darshan, Raj Ghat, in New Delhi Prof. Moegiadi,
Director, UNESCO, New Delhi
released a book titled ‘Millenium without
Violence’, on the outcomes of the Conference. Again in August, 2000,
Yuvsatta organized an International Conference on ‘Need for Afro-Asian
Dialogue’, youth leaders from ten different Asian and African countries
participated in the endeavour.
2005 volunteers of Yuvsatta launched a first of its kind ‘Campaign for Peace-citIES’
in which more then 130 “Peace Clubs’ are
formed till date in major educational institutions of the tricity i.e. Chandigarh-Panhkula-SAS
Nagar (Mohali), where many teachers and Principals of respective
schools and colleges are dedicating their time and resources to the
task of making these clubs vibrant and result oriented.
its greentire programme, volunteers of Yuvsatta are motivating
more & more people use bicycles more often in the city.
22, 2005, death anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi a small centre christen as Kasturba Gandhi Kendra was
started in a slum area Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26 of Chandigarh for
socio-economic uplift of children, especially adolescent girls from
marginalized sections of the society.
is also successfully running a HIV/AIDS Intervention Project focusing
on promoting healthy life-style amongst around 1000 sex workers in Chandigarh.
of Yuvsatta like Campaign for Peace-cities, programmes
on promotion of girl child in the society, socio-economic uplift of
downtrodden, AIDS/Drug Abuse awareness programmes,
various gandhian initiatives, promotion of
Cycling, solid waste management, campaigns against pernicious social
evils etc. indicate the breadth of vision that guides it. It also shows
that Yuvsatta’s outlook is holistic, recognizing that the economic, the
social, and the personal are inextricably linked and simultaneously
interventions at the individual and mass levels are likely to bring in
far more collective results than either of them alone.
activities have earned the unalloyed support of the community and the
media. The support has a reason. It is Yuvsatta’s commitment and its
willingness to share its expertise with others. It has been our belief
that knowledge, if shared, grows. As more minds get involved, time
taken to devise and implement solutions is shortened. As more creative
ideas are available, new strategies can be devised.