About

ICA Youth “LEAD” Program

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

This 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 2022 summer program:

The NGO selected is the Snehalaya in AhmadNagar affectionately referred to as “Nagar”, in Maharashtra. Learn more about the organization here: http://www.snehalaya.org 

Learn more about travel, location, environment where the organization is at here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmednagar

Our envisioned program is for approx. 2-3 weeks in total - from departure to arrival back in the US.

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The ICA program coordinators in the youth program have met with and communicated with the organization 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.

See the broad sample schedule here: ICA-Snehalaya  Student trip Itinerary This is only a sample, and ICA reserves the right to change this based on the situation and needs while on the ground.

Check out the Team Role document at this hyperlink here to get more info on projects

The Team

Govind Desale

Team Member

Padma Chari

Team Member

Manisha Puranik

Team Member

Divya Desale

Team Member

For any questions please contact us at youthprograms@icaonline.org or via the CONTACT US tab.