Our Programs

The Blue Ribbon Movement works in four areas to create and nurture young social leaders for a better world.

The Gender Lab Fellowship

A paid fellowship journey for young women leaders

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Participants

Recent young graduate women from ages 20-25


Goal

Equip young women with leadership and entrepreneurial skills through delivery of the Avanti Young Women Leadership Program, supported by an extensive learning journey


Duration

10 months

The Gender Lab Fellowship is a rigorous 10-month paid fellowship journey that enables women leaders to build gender equity by delivering the Avanti Young Women’s Leadership Program in schools across Mumbai. It aims to build leadership, employability and entrepreneurship skills among recent graduate women through a service learning experience.

Fellows are responsible for multiple aspects of program delivery, including:

  1. Documentation

  2. Facilitation of workshops for Avanti participants

  3. Monitoring and evaluation

  4. Managing relationships with school partners

  5. Mentoring

Through this journey of personal growth and discovery, fellows build self-awareness, communication skills, and a vision for themselves towards an independent future.

9 fellows

since 2015

750 school girls

trained per fellow

“This fellowship helped me increase my self confidence. As a result, it helped me voice my opinion in front of my family and friends. The fellowship pushed me beyond my comfort zone.”

Radhika, 2015 Gender Lab Fellow

Avanti Young Women Leadership Program (AYWLP)

A leadership program offered to young school girls

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Participants

13-14 year old girls


Goal

Develop young women leaders through workshops and community action projects


Duration

4-6 months

The Avanti Young Women Leadership Program gives young girls an opportunity to develop leadership skills through a service learning project around social issues. It was initiated in the memory of the late Avanti Desai, daughter of Mr. Ashank Desai (founder of Mastek).

The training program aims to make them more confident, give them a sense of purpose, allow them to be creative and think out of the box.

The community project is an opportunity for the girls to apply what they learned in the training program.

Previous projects have addressed issues in:


As a result of our program, we have seen our girls emerge as leaders with the following skills:
empathy | collaboration | self confidence | execution | public speaking | vision | decision making | problem solving | social awareness & responsibility

12,000 participants

since the program’s inception in Mumbai, Goa, Delhi and NCR

1,000+ community projects

initiated

“So what if we are girls? We proved it to our parents that even we’re capable of doing something substantial.”

2014 Avanti participant

The Gender Lab Boys Program

A service learning program offered to young school boys

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Participants

School-going boys, ages 13-14


Goal

Prevent gender-based violence by engaging boys in workshops and community action projects


Duration

3-4 months

The Gender Lab Boys Program aims to build a generation of boys and men who are self-aware, empathetic and sensitive to gender issues. It engages 13-14 year old school going boys in a service learning program that aims to prevent gender-based violence.

The classroom workshops focus on violent masculinity and its link to gender-based violence and aim to develop empathy. It increases boys’ awareness, enabling them to identify acts of gender-based violence and understand how they can be catalysts of change.

Action projects have addressed issues like:
bullying | sexist abusive language | domestic violence | sexual harassment in public places | corporal punishment

577 boys

reached through the program

89 community projects

completed by participants

“The program helped me realize that the strength associated with being masculine could be channelized towards responsible actions, and not towards harassing women and showing off. Women are as capable and strong as we are.”

Rahul Vaishnav, St. Agnes High School

The Community Connect Fellowship

A leadership development program for young adults to build active citizenship

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Participants

Young people aged 16-26 interested in serving their community


Goal

Empower the youth to become active citizens through service learning


Duration

4 hours a week, 4-5 months

The Community Connect Fellowship (CCF) is a leadership development program that builds active citizenship in young individuals through local civic projects. It includes skillbuilding sessions, constructive dialogue, awareness activities, and an action project.

In collaboration with civic authorities and local communities, CCF fellows have worked on:

310 fellows

in the past 4 years

6,500+ civic complaints filed

with municipal corporations

“I started out very quiet, not expressing my views in front of other people. Surveying my colony, meeting the official, and interacting with people in my area helped me gain confidence in both myself and the community.”

Ravi Jaiswal, 2017 CCF Fellow

People’s Un-versity

A platform for young people to develop their own learning journeys

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Participants

Anyone interested in self and collaborative learning


Goal

Provide a space for individuals to create their own learning journeys


Duration

3+ hours a week

We believe that individuals can design their own learning journeys, and not necessarily have to rely only on existing institutions to gain knowledge. Mumbai People’s Un-versity is a platform facilitated by BRM that allows interested individuals to come together to re-think learning for a better world. They decide where, when, how, and what they wish to learn for themselves, rather than being pressured by a degree or job.

The current course is Social Artivism: Bringing change creatively. It intends to build skills in clear communication and the art of dialogue.

RURBAN

An initiative to discuss and build awareness about rural development

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Participants

Anyone interested in rural and urban development


Goal

Raise awareness about the link between urban and rural areas through community discussions


Duration

Duration varies, follow Facebook page for updates

We believe that self and social awareness includes understanding how our actions in urban areas affect those living in rural India. RURBAN discussion circles provide a platform dialogue about the link between cities and villages, rethinking development, and catalyzing support for reforms for the poorest of our society.

Currently, BRM is collaborating with Ekta Parishad, an organization working towards securing land, water and forest rights for farmers from the central government. We are raising awareness in urban areas of this rural struggle through a communications campaign in order to demonstrate our solidarity.

Media Lab

An initiative to explore the use of media in social movements

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Participants

Anyone interested in new media


Goal

Experiment with different types of media for social change


Duration

Every Tuesday for 3 hours at CED, Colaba

BRM’s Media Lab is a collective of creative professionals who bring together their talents to co-create new media that speaks to the concerns and aspirations of our community. We have collaborated with Mumbai’s Center for Education and Documentation (CED), who supports us with its expertise in documenting social change movements for more than 4 decades.

The Lab’s aim is to share stories from the ground, articulate BRM’s vision, create a space for public dialogue, and produce content intended to create change. Currently, the Media Lab is experimenting with producing video content, social media campaigns, and newsletters.

South Asian Youth Conference (SAYC)

A conference for 18-40 year-old leaders and changemakers in South Asia

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Participants

Anyone aged 18-40 from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan


Goal

Create a network of young leaders and changemakers throughout South Asia


Duration

Next application deadline is March 2018 (For SAYC 2018)

The South Asian Youth Conference brings together young leaders in South Asia around the theme of Peace. Over the last 6 years, we have convened in person and online, weaving a family of rising changemakers who are on their way to becoming a powerful force for a peaceful South Asia.

The conference lasts 3 days and is designed to be a dynamic, positive space where 100 youth delegates from across South Asia can interact, exchange ideas, and discuss social issues. All days include workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers and working-groups to cover themes including art and culture, violence, and gender identity.

5 conferences

since 2011

500 participants

from 8 countries

“There is so much to be grateful for that I find myself completely out of words. Reflecting on last four days, I think it has refined for me a lot of things I have been struggling with for a long time; for example, finding love in conflicts and idea of happy co-existence while in disagreements.”

Zohaib Karim Noorani, Delegate from Pakistan, SAYC 2017

Relead

A leadership development program for individuals and institutions

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Participants

Individuals and organizations interested in leadership training


Goal

Build leadership within organizations to increase their impact


Duration

Can be customized

The Relead program helps individuals answer questions around career, relationship, money and self.

Relead has also helped NGOs, organizations, and other institutions across various sectors to change the way their learning happens. Our training’s foundations lie in psychology, philosophy, management, ecology and systems thinking, and past participants include organizations like Make a Difference, Desh Apnayen Sahyog Foundation, Masoom, Bhumi and Piramal Foundation.

We aim to develop participants’ skills in:
leadership | motivation | teamwork | conflict resolution | effective communications | self-awareness | visioning | performance

“The youth of today have a tough job ahead of them to make this world a better place. Relead was a great step in this endeavour. The sessions were designed to help them go through a soul-searching journey, combined with management and leadership principles. They were able to understand issues better and provide innovative solutons.”

Rakesh Godhwani,
Head, IIMB Alumni Association

Together, we are stronger.    ★    संगठन में शक्ति

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