Prakhar - an engineer by degree entrepreneur by heart co-founded Youth Alliance in 2011 as he began to see youth as a powerful resource pool. A strong believer in the idea of empathetic leadership, he currently bring his rich leadership understanding in Team Development, Fund-raising, Alumni Support and Program Facilitation. He makes his work fun for himself and people around him. Conversations over coffee is his food for thought. Earlier, he has been a Teach For India Fellow.
Shashank, a graduate from Hindu College has worked with Youth Alliance since the initial years in various roles, nurturing himself into a skilled facilitator who leads the conversations by curiosity. He currently leads the organisation looking fund-raising, strategy and team development. Drawn by mountains and nature, he is passionate to understand ecology and economics and is in the journey to explore community living, sustainable economics and moral leadership and brings in a high commitment to living the values that Youth Alliance represents. His curious questions comes as good company as they make you churn and laugh at the same time. He is also an Acumen Fellow
Tejal holds the chords of Youth Alliance from Mumbai. She primarily engages in program design, facilitation and documentation. Earlier she co-founded Ashiyana - a project that runs in Closed Institutions in Mumbai and has been associated with organisations like GiveIndia and Don Bosco in the past. Currently she also engages by developing and facilitating processes with young people and adults through various academic institutions, NGOs and Social Enterprises as a freelance professional. These include Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Seeds of Awareness, Blue Ribbon Movement and cBalance.
Rachit finds a strange sense of solace in following his curiosity. After graduating from the University of Delhi he went on to pursue the Milaap fellowship in Mizoram. Later, he lived and worked with the tribal community in parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Rachit has been involved with a number of causes and communities which render him with a myriad of stories. He, every now and then, spills his delight fetched from those stories onto paper. "Storytelling of any kind feeds the divine discontent of curiosity from which it naturally originates" says he. He believes in the idea of constantly jumping off cliffs and developing wings on the way down. Up until this year, he was involved in writing for art, art spaces and artists. Rachit is part of the Engagement team at YA.
Saloni, a graduate in Economics from Delhi University, came as a participant for Gramya Manthan in Dec'17. Driven by the idea to shake the world in her own gentle way ever since her college days, she finally found her space and "Karma Bhoomi" here at Youth Alliance. She's on a quest to learn from people and their stories. Currently, she is a part of Engagement Process and Outreach at Youth Alliance. When not working, you can find her reading, binge watching a TV series or exploring some new places to eat at, around the city. Her newly found interest in Circular Dances is already taking her places and she also wishes to go on a Cycling expedition soon.
Aalia hails from Kanpur and has joined us as Outreach and Communications Lead. A passionate writer, explorer and seeker at heart, she chose to study Journalism and Development Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia University indulging in various means of communication from traditional to the new media. After post graduation, she has worked with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Tata Trusts facilitating, monitoring and triggering the rural souls of Kanpur Dehat. Her intention to bring focus on self along with the work is immense and comes with a strong need for self growth and community engagement with people who believe in similar values of freedom and social change. In leisure time you will find her dancing, travelling, listening to music and exploring new stuff and people.
Anisha's tryst with Youth Alliance began in 2015 as a participant of Gramya Manthan and later joining the team in full-time capacity. She has spent few years pursuing a CA degree and realized numbers never excited her as much as stories did. She looks after Communications and Engagement at Youth Alliance. Always felt guided by the voice of her heart, she is driven by creating spaces for expression for people through her work. She plays a masterstroke with a combination of consistency and intention that she brings at work.
Vibhuti an economics graduate from Lady Shriram College was part of the founding team of
Youth Alliance. She has spent a long time exploring
her passion in education and has worked with various organisations
like Teach for India, Make a difference and Shikshantar Andolan in different
capacities. Along with Youth Alliance, she works at a school and an orphanage in rural
Haridwar experimenting with alternative ways of learning.
She is motivated and driven by continuous learning which makes her
travel often. With her diverse interests in art, cooking,
clowning, cycling - she is working to build the alumni community of Youth Alliance. She is also very passionate about sustainable
living and is looking at shifting her base to an eco farm in the near
Gagan sees himself to be on a quest of self-discovery and find more harmony both within and outside himself. He completed M.A. in Applied Psychology from D.U. (2007) and started his career by working with corporate training firms where he gained experience in training and facilitation. Driven by his urge of finding more meaning and fulfillment in his work, he switched to the social sector. Being a part of organizations such as iVolunteer Overseas, Kriti Team & ISDM, he delved into volunteer management, project coordination, building partnerships and also outreach activities. He finds a great sync between Youth Alliance's philosophy & his own journey and looks at Program Facilitation here. Travelling, music and being with nature are other things that add to his soul-searching.
Priyanka, a graduate of Miranda House had opened her eyes in Youth Alliance family with 2017 Winter Gramya Manthan. A gramya-kanya (village girl) in not just a metaphorical sense, she came to Delhi as a college student with a commitment to not lose her ganvarapan (rusticity) in the big city dream. She loves to cook and serve whole-heartedly. Priyanka aspires to become mukhiya (leader) of her village in Sitamarhi, Bihar bringing about holistic transformation through small changes done with great love. Right now her address is Village Paliya, District- Kanpur Dehat working as a rural fellow of Youth Alliance.
Imagining Youth Alliance without its core team isn't possible. We have been able to be and do because of absolutely committed and unconditionally loving members of our our core team. Here's are the super amazing people who have been part of the core team at different points of time in our journey together.