The Award this Week

TATW top stories:
  • The Trustees meeting
  • Award Volunteers Meeting 26th July 2009
  • The Open Award Centre
  • The NTW Coimbatore - Train the Trainer
  • "Role of Volunteers" - New Delhi workshop

1. Trustees support the Development Plan

The most important event of the week was the Trustees meeting at Mumbai, held on the 22nd of July 2009. There was a broad consensus on the draft Development Plan. For this we need to thank all the members of the Award Programme Foundation Trust.

• Aim

Make IAYP, India a premier youth programme for inclusive social growth.

• How we will do this?

1. Set up Open Award Centres – to facilitate build up of Volunteers and encourage the participation of youth in the 18 - 25 age groups.

2. Programme inclusion by enrolling more students from vernacular / government schools, from the current near 375 largely private sector schools.

3. Raise the annual enrolments for the program from 15000 to 500,000 in Year 3 of operation

4. Set in place a mechanism for fund raising; have Friends of the Award.

5. Partner with other NGOs, Volunteer groups and even look at the PPP Model for build up. Use the CSR approach and the Community outreach.

6. Set up a national centre that can undertake training for volunteers and award leaders from India and the APAC (ASIA PACIFIC) region.


• The role out

1. Plan that raises enrolments in stages.

2. Set-up volunteer committees that comprise eminent personalities in the various streams.

3. Have in place one national centre.


• 1. Raise enrolment in stages

Year 1:

70,000 (set forth the seed in model government and vernacular schools; spend time in getting model right for mass implementation; work out sponsorships/ third party funding routes)

Year 2:

200,000 (massive rollout, focus on timely and accurate implementation on a mass scale)

Year 3:

500,000 (massive rollout)

This has to be broad based in terms of geography, mix of students, gender. Should not be heavily biased towards anyone area. Further the roll out will be at a measured pace and will be governed by the availability of resources. The APF welcomed the idea of NLO - National License Operators and encouraged the NAA to build the programme on a franchise model with partner bodies.

• 2. The select volunteer committees

A. Industry
B. Brand and Communication
C. Educationists

• A. Industry

Representatives from one or two industry bodies such as CII, TiE etc., banking industry (SBI)

The Industry body will communicate with their member/affiliate network in procuring assignments for the volunteers across different industries/service firms as well as tap on to the CSR initiatives of different business entities across India.

Need to create programs that dovetail into organisations. For example -- SBI is big on rural banking and reaches out to many communities in far off areas. Plan specifically for SBI so that they can absorb students in bulk.

• B. Brand and Communication

Youthful Brand ambassadors that are publicly known who actually completed the course, Branding and Communication specialists including those in non English streams, one or two large media houses that can provide coverage for free across regional media.

The Brand and Communication team will be responsible for creating brand awareness of IAYP, keeping a strong communication with existing enrolments to further awareness within the student community, work on media coverage across modes of media, create content namely brochures/pamphlets to reach out to government/vernacular schools in the latter language.


• C. Educationists

Eminent hardworking educationists; who have the clout / connect with leading government / private education systems. The Educationists will be people who are well connected to schools across different geographies and can open doors for you. This has to dovetail into the numbers/geographies that you are tapping in the strategy highlighted above.

• 3. The National Centre
The centre has to be one fixed place that is needed 365 days a year, but at start could NOT be a fixed place; can be used as and when the need arises for a program.


2. Meeting of the Delhi AV Team

Award Volunteers Team scheduled for today, 26th July 2009 at Barista, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001. Excitement in the air, and expect a good response.


Make an Executive Team and nominate Award Leaders for colleges

Work on the AHA (Award Holders Association) formation

Workshop plan - ROLE OF VOLUNTEERS

Events and opportunities for the Award Volunteers

Discuss the idea of the Award Holders Summit in December 2009 at British Council


3. National Workshop at Coimbatore

9-11 October 2009. The venue is Chinmaya International School.



Participation in Coimbatore:

Total 30 = North, West & East will have 5 each, 5 for NAA and 10 for South

30 numbers includes faculty and trainers (NAA 5 will cover that).

The faculty will have two Award Volunteers, two trainers and one Director.

The Trustees of the APF have nominated the National Director to be the QA (Quality Assurance) Member on the trainer’s faculty, for the Coimbatore workshop.

The Zones are free to decide the five participants and may need to do rail bookings ASAP. Zones to please start the search for the 5 participants in each zone. The South will have 10 nominations.


4. Role of Volunteers

NAA will conduct an add-on session to the Coimbatore Workshop in Delhi and focus on "Role of Volunteers". The workshop will help draft the Volunteer Management Policy.

This initiative is being chaired by Mrs. Lata Vaidyanathan and Malini will help in execution please.

 The AV Team and partner agencies will work together; the event will be in September 2009

5. Regional Training Workshop

Nominations called for RTW 2009 in November, last date is 1st Sept 2009.

 Asia Pacific Regional Training Workshop, New Delhi India, 23-29 November 2009

 Theme: Define The Future. The Award and National Development.

RTW will carry forward youth engaging in society, an umbrella challenge for the Region 2009-10.

1. Format & Key Topics

The RTW will incorporate group work, case studies, presentations and subject matter experts on how to best engage and add value to these six (6) sectors:


Local community



NGO/international sector


2. The Participants (Selection Criteria)

The participants sought for RTW2009 will have to be experienced hands and individuals with roles in policy, administration and youth engagement in the Zones.

We are seeking participants with a demonstrated interest and/or involvement in extending the Award into the wider community to meet a higher need.

The RTW 2009 participants from each Zone (two per zone) will work in six pre-selected groups. Each delegate will be asked to give inputs as a part of the RTW2009 registration process, and be involved in one or more of the six sectors and area of particular interest. The need for previous experience is important.


6. The NAA plan for 2009-10

August 09 - Open Award Centre, Delhi

September 09 - Role of Volunteers, workshop at Delhi

October 09 - Train the Trainer, Workshop at Coimbatore (9-11 October)

November 09 - Regional Training Workshop at New Delhi

December 09 - Award Holders Summit

January 10 - Annual National Workshop, host South Zone at Ooty

February 10 - Award partners meeting at Delhi

March 10 - proposed National Directors Strategic Alliance meeting.

7. Facebook and the website

 We now have 285 fans and friends on Facebook. (

 Website is building up and we are now ready to accept advertisements for

 Your blog offers information and updates


 8. PR and Meetings this week

21st July: CCS School, Mumbai - meeting of the Zone representatives with the National Director

22nd July: The APF Trustees meeting in Mumbai

22nd July: Archanna Das, VP HSBC Team to work on partnering for the 18-25 employees.

22nd July: Aparna Dubey an award holder in Mumbai, to brainstorm and work on business development.

23rd: Tel con with HSBC Team and the International Council Brand Task Force

25th: Informal meeting with Sir Richard Stagg the British High Commissioner in India. Hon'ble HC offered full support and assured us use of services of the  British Council for the developement of IAYP.

9. What is in store next week?

Visit of National Director to London for the IC Brand Task Force and a visit to the International Secretariat. Followed by a two day stop over to catch breath in Dubai!

More from Dubai next Sunday....Cheers!



“Train the Trainer” – Capacity Building and training at Coimbatore and Delhi

Workshop at CIRS Coimbatore
NTW Coimbatore : 9th, 10th & 11th Oct.’09

The NAA workshop with International Support will now happen at this great venue!

We are happy to work with the School and the Chinmaya family to build up the Award Programme.
Workshop will commence 9th morning and end 11th evening. Details will be worked out this week.

The workshop is in two parts with one session in Delhi (Role of Volunteers) – this will have 20 in all, the delegates for this will be decided by National Office.

Participation in Coimbatore:
Total 30 = North, West & East will have 5 each, 5 for NAA and 10 for South.
30 number includes faculty and trainers (NAA 5 will cover that).
NAA 5 delegates = Director QA (Quality Assurance), One AV Team Member and three trainers.

The Zones are free to decide the five participants and may need to do rail bookings ASAP. Zones to please start the search for the 5 participants in each zone.

AT DELHI - more for Award Volunteers and Partners of the Award Programme.
The session in Delhi (Role of Volunteers) –  will have 20 in all, the delegates for this will be decided by National Office alone.

Please send us your suggestions and inputs latest by the 31st of July 2009. Nominations for trainers are welcome too.

The Award this week (TATW)

1. The first meeting of the Delhi AV Team (Award Volunteers Team) was great. Fresh faces at the Delhi University campus are surely going to make a difference to us. Three College Award Leaders appointed Mehaak at Hans Raj, Krithika at LSR and Saachi at St. Stephens. We meet again next week, and the first orientation will be at the Open Award Centre (OAC)  in August 2009. OAC Delhi will be the epicentre for the college award units, and will even assist individual participants. Thanks Devyani for the initiative and am sure with you as the Award Leader, the Open Centre will be in good hands. Malini our key resource is the mentor to many of our volunteers.

2. The South Zone will host the IS supported National Workshop at Coimbatore 9-11 October 2009. The venue is Chinmaya International School. 30 participants will attend from India alone, with an observer nominated by the NAA, to monitor quality and asses impact. The Workshop is being designed by the NAA and hosted by the SZAA. One session of this workshop will be hosted by the NZAA and will be held at New Delhi.

3. As a part of capacity building and training, NAA will also do an add-on session to the Coimbatore Workshop in Delhi and focus on "Role of Volunteers". The workshop will help draft the Volunteer Management Policy. This initiative is being chaired by Mrs. Lata Vaidyanathan and Malini will help in execution please.

4. Nominations called for RTW 2009 in November, last date is 1st Sept 2009. Only two experienced participants from each Zone. For details contact the Zonal Chairperson please.

5. Proposed AHA (Award Holders Association) Summit in December 2009, send in your suggestions to Rohit Saxena please. He is our moderator on Facebook.

6. Stage set for the APF Trustees Meeting on the 22nd of July 2009 at Mumbai.

7. Facebook and the website very active, and we now have near 275 fans and friends on Facebook.

8. South Zone to host the Annual National Workshop in Ooty in January 2009.

9. in last week of July 2009, Sandeep Dutt to attend the IC Brand Task Force meeting in London. A group of 8, meeting will be chaired by The Earl himself.

Cheers, more until next week at TATW

We are on FACEBOOK

AV Team Meeting

Hello fans and friends... this was real fun!

The first meeting of the AV (Award Volunteers) Team at the National Office was the best part of my first quarter as National Director. Thank you Mehaak, Saachi, Kritika and Devyani... for meandering through the lanes of Shahpur Jat in search of the rather elusive office!!!

Priyank has promised to put the location map of the Office on the website and we will need to put this on our FACE BOOK page too, to save the passionate volunteers from a test in orienteering and map reading.

Devyani did the first briefing and has worked hard for this first step, to build the AV Team in Delhi. The adventurous four set out to discover why they were here! We delved a little deeper and found all were here to have FUN :)

The Award Concept explained.
The role of Volunteers discussed.
Movie on the Award Concept screened.

Way ahead...
1. Mehaak @ Hans Raj College, Saachi @ St. Stephens and Kritika @ LSR all set out to introduce the Award in the respective Colleges.
2. The next meeting due on the 26th of July 2009.
3. Orientation to be fixed in the colleges.
4. In August the OPEN AWARD CENTRE to commence with a workshop on 'Role of Volunteers'

More fun until then, and hope with commitment and leadership thrown in too.

The Regional Training Workshop (RTW 2009)

The Regional Training Workshop (RTW 2009) will focus on the Award actively engaging with and being embraced as a tool by the numerous organisations that have a commitment to youth policy and/or youth development.
RTW will incorporate group work, case studies, presentations and subject matter experts - on how to best engage these six sectors:
  • education/academic
  • local community
  • youth
  • Government
  • NGO/international sector
  • industry
The theme of the RTW to be held at the India Habitat Centre and USI is: Define The Future.

Asia Pacific Regional Training Programme

Hosted by:IAYP, India
Type:Meetings - Convention
Where:Habitat Center
When:23 November at 09:00 until
29 November at 12:00

12th July 2009, Weekly Update

Since the last post of 8th July...

1. National Training Workshop at Coimbatore on the drawing board. P S Srikant from South Zone has taken the lead.

2. Malini is keen to work as a trainer at the National level and we are prospecting doing a workshop "Role of Volunteers" in Delhi.

3. Devyani is busy rounding up students and volunteers in Delhi University,and we meet up next week.

4. Sri Aurobindo Society of Pondicherry makes a presentation to the board and will update us soon.

5. The archives and records from the Chairman's home, moved to the Award Office in Shahpur Jat.

6. New Award World is out, and is being sent to the Zones.

7. North Zone very active in adding more Award units.

For more news and views, the Zones and all individuals are welcome to

For adding news and features on the website, email to Priyank ""

Cheers, more next week!

July 12, 2009 8:34 AM

Way ahead

Finally back to Delhi from Pondicherry and Chennai... moving ahead from the last update of 28th June 2009... we are all set to build the Award brand in India.

The National Office of the Award will only work on the three P's:

PR (Public Relations)

PR -
1. Have started a dialogue with PR agencies.Norshe PR is a boutique for small business and social awareness, will make a presentation for approval of the Board on the 22nd of July 2009.
2. In July, Sandeep to attend the Brand Task Force meeting in London.
3. Meetings in Chennai, and Delhi with the Zonal Chairpersons.
4. Meeting with Ms. Mandira Moddie of the UN Millenium Project.
5. Meeting with Mr. Anubhav Nath of RNF.
6. Meeting with Mr. Sanjay Roy or Salaam Balak Trust.

Policy -
Web Plan - got going to a roaring start and Rohit has taken this project to new heights. is evolving with Priyank's efforts and good inputs from Rohit. We need News and updated from zones and photos too. Kindly email to

The ERP plan will be developed by the group - Rohit, Srikant (SZAA) and Priyank. Recommend a Skype call this week to take this ahead. We are getting inputs on the National IT Policy from other countries too.

Volunteer Management - work on a plan to enrol motivate volunteers. Devyani will work the modalities with her group of Gold Holders in Delhi.

Aurobindo Society of Pondicherry
will adopt the programme for national implementation, and we are putting in place a plan.

HSBC will implement the programme, the HR team is working on the strategy.
North Zone Working with the Hero Group and the JCB School, will sign up soon.

An MOU signed with Ramchander Nath Foundation (RNF)
Ramchander Nath Foundation (RNF) strives to be a think-tank on development and restoration of the arts – paintings, motor cars, antiquities, visual arts, architecture, writing, music and theatre; and to capitalize on the arts as a source of rehabilitation and fundraising for the under privileged.

Aims & Objectives
• To sponsor and facilitate talks, lectures, symposia and workshops in the arts.
• To collect funds for and to provide financial and other assistance to underprivileged children.
• To facilitate organizations working for the under privileged in fundraising; particularly utilizing the arts.
• To initiate and assist in mentoring underprivileged children, for their holistic development.
• To give or corporate in giving and organizing awards, grants, fellowships and scholarships in the arts.
• To felicitate and commemorate notable contributions in the field of arts.
• To advise, assist and contribute in any manner to the promotion, restoration and development of the arts.
• To disseminate information, knowledge and awareness on arts and their restoration.
• To provide a forum for free and frank exchange of views on all matters related to the interest of the embers, particularly related to the arts -- their development and restoration.

RNF will operate the Programme as a unit of the North Zone for the prison inmates at Tihar Jail (18-25 years) prisoners and motivate them to come out with skills and a positive mind set.
North Zone will use this as a service Project too, and Malini is working on this. Please contact Malini with ideas and for more information.

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