ICA Youth “LEAD” Program

Youth “LEAD” Program Through ICA (Indians for Collective Action)

Each year the program will help youth experience work and life in an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in India for a 2-3 week period. The program will be chaperoned by adults familiar with ICA. ICA will continue to modify and adjust the number of students and participating NGOs as we build on the program. We will share details of expectations of students as well as benefits to students.

The program will be designed and planned to align NGOs and students based on interests, expectations, and other criteria. The process will involve:

  • Meetings to understand about the program, ICA and mutual interests
  • Application process through the ICA website
  • Fundraising
  • Getting the necessary insurances and medical information in order
  • Getting the international ticket and other needed items like vaccines and visas

The plan is to do a 2-3 week (inclusive of travel) program, with a few days of travel through India and minimal sightseeing. The majority of the time will be spent in the NGO working with, helping at and learning from the students and staff at the NGO. There will be a well outlined daily agenda with enough time to think through the day, for introspection and to interact with the locals.

For the year 2023, the NGOs selected are:

YOKE and LBP (Lok Biradri Prakalp)

The NGOs selected are in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra respectively.

Learn more about the organizations here:

Learn more about travel, location, and environment where the organization is here: 

The ICA program coordinators in the youth program have met with and communicated with the organizations’ leaders to create a complete program with daily activities and opportunities for the students. The factors of experience, expectations, possibilities, number of students, location, and opportunities have been taken into account to come up with a possible schedule.

The youth will travel for approx. 2 weeks to one of these two locations based on their interests and other criteria. We hope to have a maximum of 12-15 students for each location.

The Team

Padma Chari

Youth Team Lead

Govind Desale

Team Member

Divya Desale

Team Member

Manisha Puranik

Team Member

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