The Sankalp Unconvention Summit got underway in Mumbai today, and is one among the numerous initiatives happening in the country to celebrate social entrepreneurship. The wave of entrepreneurship happening in the country has also given a fillip to the social sector, which was otherwise mostly confined to NGOs and social workers. Corporates have also done their bit to constantly push the envelope on social awareness through their CSR programs.
One such initiatives conducted by ICICI Foundation was the India Fellow program which was a chance for young graduates to work with NGOs on grassroots development projects interspersed with modules on management training and leadership development. Social organisation iVoluteer has been the implementation to this program, since it began in 2009.
This year iVolunteer is taking the program ahead themselves, and currently are inviting applications for it. India Fellow is a 13 month experiential learning program, during which the participant will spend 12 months working full time with a field partner organisation ( FPO) and about 1 month of orientation, training and sharing spread across the whole fellowship. Fellows will get a modest monthly stipend for their 12 months with the organisation.
Talking about the fellowship, Shalabh Sahai, co-founder, iVoluteer says, “India Fellows is the only program that is focused on teaching social leadership through work placements with non-profits. Participants get good exposure to the development sector and are able to map their own leadership journey during the one year.” Over 40 students have graduated from the fellowship since it began.
Ex-participants of the program speak highly of the program. Nitesh Anand, a 2012 batch passout says : “If you wish to challenge general perceptions to discover new and more connecting one for yourself, go for it. There will be people who would inspire you in the best possible way, make you learn and unlearn, be and not to be, confused and clear and above all, to be what you deserve. This can be a memorable journey for you,” he vouches.
Applications are now open for the 2014-15 batch. Register here.