Odia Girl selected for Youth Citizen Service Program 2015


Jyoti Shresth from Keonjhar has been chosen to work for 6 weeks in Pipra Village of Tikamgarh District, Madhya Pradesh to learn different ways towards strengthening economic development in rural India.

With their innovative ideas, passion and commitment youth have always been regarded as torch bearer of change. Their involvement in development becomes all the more important and relevant in a country like India, which on one hand has the highest population of young people in the world, and on the other a plethora of development challenges. To bring youth, from different parts of the country, face to face with some of these challenging issues, a unique initiative has been launched by global think tank Development Alternatives (DA) and VSO, the world’s leading international development organization. Titled as Youth Citizen Service (YCS) Leadership Challenge, 2015, Odiya girl Jyoti Shresth has been selected for this unique youth volunteering and empowerment programme along with 10 other young Indians across the nation.

Twenty three year old Jyoti is a Geology graduate from North Odisha University and an avid social worker. The Keonjhar girl believes that her strength during this training program is her powerful communication skills with masses and it is helping her to connect with villagers instantly. “I strongly believe that until you can connect with people from all the sections of society, you will never be able to understand their need. As a social worker, we need to understand the need of people first and then only we can work on that. And both my friendly nature and communication skills are helping me to reach and connect with people easily,” Jyoti said.

youth-citizen-award-2015Like others of her age groups, the young girl spends her quality time listening music and watching Bollywood movies. However, she never misses a chance to lend her support for any social cause. “I have learnt since my childhood that helping people is actually a way to serve the God, so I always try to help people in my surroundings and this 6-weeks long training program will further strengthen my skills to support others even with limited resources,” Jyoti said.

Jyoti is currently spending her days in Pipra village of Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh as a part of the training program and working hard to learn ways of strengthening economic development in rural India.

Youth Citizen Service-2015
Youth Citizen Service is an action learning programme which provides a unique opportunity for youth to understand and actively work towards addressing development issues. During this six week long training programme, each group of volunteers will stay with a host family in the community with limited resources in various remote villages in Jhansi and Orchha districts. These young participants will be assigned responsibilities in different fields including enhancing the marketability of Self Help Group, awareness on menstrual hygiene practices, developing a dairy cooperative and others. “It’s a big opportunity for these youth to learn interpersonal skills and enhance their leadership qualities by gaining valuable experience in the development sector,” says Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives.

About Development Alternatives
Development Alternatives (DA) is a premier social enterprise with a global presence in the fields of green economic development, social empowerment and environmental management. It is credited with numerous innovations in clean technology that help create sustainable livelihoods in the developing world. DA focuses on empowering communities through strengthening people’s institutions and facilitating their access to basic needs; enabling economic opportunities through skill development for green jobs and enterprise creation; and promoting low carbon pathways for development through natural resource management models and clean technology solutions.