City Caravan 4.0
20 May – 31 May 2019
Youth in Cities

Urbanization is the engine that propels the world towards prosperity in the 21st century and youth are the engineers. Youth are society’s most essential and dynamic human resource.

Cities of Youth: Cities of Prosperity, UN Habitat

Youth are the leaders of today, not tomorrow! Especially in India, where over 50 per cent of the population comprises young people, the 600 million youth have a critical role to play in shaping urban futures.

Cities are changing drastically. On the one hand, urban development trajectories aim to build world-class cities with state-of-the-art facilities. Yet, these pursued pathways are often exclusionary, widening the inequality gap, pitting classes against one another, destroying traditional habitats and scarring the environment in irrevocable ways. The question of change is an inevitable reality, but it is worth considering whether the nature of change being pursued at present is one that only favours a few or takes into consideration the needs of the majority.

Young people can offer a powerful clarion call to make both the public and governments pay heed to demands for a more promising future, that places justice, equity and inclusiveness at the centre of all efforts. Historically, youth have driven efforts with innovation and creativity. Their leadership can give shape to the vision of co-creating more sustainable and inclusive cities. Their informed critical engagement  with state and non state actors can go a long way towards ensuring more stable and accountable futures.

Here’s where City Caravan works to make all the difference, by offering a collective vision for change and demonstrating how individual and collective efforts can be channelised towards this, helping the youth take a participatory approach to co-create their own city.

City Caravan: Let’s Co-Create the City

With over 35 years’ experience of engaging with youth in urbanisation and governance processes, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) brings you the fourth edition of City Caravan, a course on co-creating inclusive cities with youth. The course aims to equip participants with the right knowledge, skills and attitude to help them co-create inclusive cities.

Our theory of change is a threefold process. At the first stage, we invite young people to introspect on and consider change at the level of self and one’s identity. This is closely followed by the community-focused approach, guiding the youth to drive local change in a systematic way. The third stage intends to help the youth drive change at the city-level and beyond. At the end of the course, participants can implement individual and collective action within their communities and beyond, based on the learnings gained.

The City Caravan, shares and co-creates knowledge on various themes concerning cities, the urbanisation process, and the role of youth in cities. The course ushers in fresh perspectives and worldviews to observe and reflect on varied issues with a critical lens. Finally, it equips the youth with skills so they may be able to use the knowledge and perspectives gained to deliver change. Some of the broad themes that the course intends to cover are:

  • Critical appreciation and history of the urbanization process

  • The role of governance, market and people in shaping the city

  • The role of advocacy through campaigns and rights movements in cities

  • The role of communication in driving social change

  • The concept of an inclusive city and  youth involvement

More Reasons to Join the Caravan

  • View your city afresh with critical perspectives

  • Explore the city’s often overlooked areas on foot

  • Build networks with young people

  • Meet city changemakers

Co-learnings from the Journey

  • Broadened city perspectives and skills

  • Access to city-network of experts and practitioners

  • Participation in active youth circles

  • Informed leadership to drive social change, locally, at the city-level and beyond

  • Enrich sessions with your experiences

Eligible Participants

Young people passionate about driving change, between the ages of 18-25 years, can apply by filling up the application form (link below). We are looking for participants who are willing to engage with and learn from experts, practitioners, and each other on this journey. The application process will be followed by an interview process to shortlist the final candidates.

Reviews of the City Caravan

This program introduced me to stalwarts in the field of social work, and I now feel confident to take on issues of not just at the city level (in Mumbai), but even beyond!

Suraj Goswami


The concept of inclusive city helped understand how different members come together to know about difficulties faced, and what types of advocacy should be used to solve such problems. The session on The Street Vendors Act 2014 and on the Constitution were my favorite sessions as I derived just the information that I really needed.

Sameer Khan


I have worked on a lot of issues at the basti level, but after attending this course my capacity for thinking about larger social and political issues has really expanded, and the knowledge gained gives me strength to carry on this work.

Harish Sahani


Language: This course will be conducted in Hindi and English

Application form: Please click here

Venue: YUVA Centre, Sector 7, Plot 23, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai – 410210 India.

This is a residential course

For more information, call 9757103817/ 9892459833 or email:

Certificate course in Youth leadership and Social Change


We are happy to inform you that we have completed two batches of Diploma in Youth Leadership & Social Change course in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and now are launching a new batch for the year 2018-19.

The course covers various topics including youth identity, working with youth, facilitating social change and so on. It is a part-time course in Hindi and English, duration for 8 months with 6 exciting modules (120 hours) with 240 hours of fieldwork. 

The course also includes 240 hours of core field work in related areas. It is taught by faculties from TISS as well as others from the civil society space. The application process has already begun and the last date for the submission of form is 30th April, 2018. The course commences from June, 2018.


Please share this with your networks and any individuals you think may be interested. We are targeting community organizers and related profiles in NGOs and this will be most beneficial for entry and mid-level professionals. Do spread the word!

About the Course: 

Objectives and Learner Outcomes Overall Objective:: To provide certified training to youth workers, in order to promotethe understanding and practice of social change through self empowerment  and development of leadership qualities..

Specific Objectives  

1.Provide knowledge about  youth issues and challenges, thereby contextualize these issues and challenges in contemporary India.

2.Develop   analytical   skills   so   that   learners   may   begin   the   process   of   critically reflecting upon the  institutions/policies/cultural beliefs that influence youth and their lives in the process of participating in social change.

3.Build leadership capacities of  learners to empower youth to identify their rights and   responsibilities   and   facilitate   their   participation   in   social,   political   and cultural issues affecting them.

4.Equip the  trainees with a range of practice skills required when intervening on issues of social change and development.

 Important dates
Last date for submission of application form 30th April, 2018
Interviews 5th and 6th May, 2018
List of shortlisted candidates 20th May , 2018
Course commences June, 2018



The City Caravan: Course for Youth on Co-Creating Inclusive Cities

सिटी कारवां:  समावेशी शहर सह-निर्माण के लिए युवाओं के लिए कोर्स

१२ मई – २१ मई २०१८


अलग-अलग लोग शहर को अलग-अलग तरीके से अनुभव करते हैं। यह आकांक्षा और संघर्ष, उत्पीड़न, और स्वतंत्रता के लिए एक मंच है। युवा, जो शहर में रहने वाले लोगों का एक बड़ा हिस्सा बनाते हैं, अपने दैनिक जीवन में असंख्य तरीकों से अपने शहर से बातचीत करते हैं। २०२० तक, भारत दुनिया का सबसे कम उम्र वाला देश बन जाएगा, जहां इसकी जनसंख्या ६४ प्रतिशत है, जो १५-३५ वर्ष (यूएन -आवास -२०१२) के आयु वर्ग में है। आज जो शहर हम बनाते हैं, वे जल्द ही हमारी भावी पीढ़ियों के घर होंगे। युवा शहरों की कल्पना, योजनाबद्ध और अनुभवी तरीके बदल सकते हैं और ऐसा करने के कई प्रयास कर सकते हैं। हालांकि, जो आज हम भूल रहे है वह परिवर्तन का एक सामूहिक दृष्टिकोण और व्यक्तिगत और सामूहिक कार्य के बारे में जागरूकता सभी के लिए एक न्यायसंगत और समावेशी शहर स्थान का निर्माण कर सकती है। यही वह कोर्स है जो युवाओं को सहभागिता के दृष्टिकोण में मदद करने के लिए विभिन्न तरीकों से संबोधित करता है ताकि वे अपने शहर को बना सकें।

समावेशी शहरपर कोर्स की आवश्कता?

एक शहर के भीतर, व्यापक असमानताएं मौजूद हैं और यदि युवाओं को पहले वंचित कर दिया गया है तो वे अक्सर अपने सामाजिक और लोकतांत्रिक अधिकारों के बारे में पूरी तरह से अवगत नहीं होते हैं, न ही वे सबसे अच्छी तरह से अभिगम हैं और उनका उपयोग कर सकते हैं। विभिन्न राज्य और गैर-राज्य के नेताओं की जवाबदेही पूरी तरह से समझा नहीं जा रही है,और अधिकारियों से निरंतर सक्रिय कार्रवाई की बजाय मुकाबला करने में एक प्रतिक्रियाशील दृष्टिकोण है। इन परिस्थितियों में, हमें लगता है कि युवाओं के प्रतिज्ञान और सही कौशल को आत्मसात करके एक समावेशी शहर बनाने में मदद करने के लिए एक लंबा रास्ता तय करेगा। युवाओं को सामाजिक-राजनीतिक परिवर्तन के प्रतिनिधि के रूप में पहचानना और सक्षम करना महत्वपूर्ण है। सक्रिय नागरिकों के रूप में, उन्हें विकास की सहभागिता लोकतांत्रिक प्रक्रिया में शामिल होना चाहिए। युवा संस्था, युवाओं को उनकी दुनिया के भीतर व्यावहारिक समाधान विकसित करने हेतु मदद करने में विश्वास करता है।

जिस तरह से शहर की लोकप्रियता के बीच कल्पना की जाती है, हाशिए पर आधारित, और प्रमुख आवश्यकताएं गंभीर रूप से पूछताछ की जा रही हैं और पाठ्यक्रम प्रस्थान का एक आवश्यक बिंदु हो सकता है। यह बहिष्करण केवल समस्यापूर्ण है, वह अंत नहीं है जो पाठ्यक्रम के भीतर देखा जाता है। यह बड़े शहरी परिदृश्य के भीतर संरचनात्मक विशेषताओं को समझने की भी कोशिश करता है जो जाति, वर्ग और लिंग के आधार पर समझने में और अन्यथा इन बहिष्कार घटनाओं को जन्म देता है।

युवा संस्था के ३६०-डिग्री के आधार पर, युवाओं के लोकतांत्रिक संवाद में भाग लेने के लिए प्राथमिक रूप से अधिकार-आधारित दृष्टिकोण के आधार पर, युवा संस्था युवा भागीदारी निर्माताओं को सशक्त करने के लिए इस भागीदारी-नेतृत्व वाली क्षमता निर्माण कार्यक्रम की पेशकश कर रहा है। यह पाठ्यक्रम विभिन्न क्षेत्रों के विशेषज्ञों के नेतृत्व में लाएगा, जो अपने अनुभव को साझा करेंगे और पिछली पहलों से उनके सीखने का प्रदर्शन करेंगे। यह सीखने की प्रक्रिया में संलग्न होने के लिए प्रतिभागियों से प्रतिक्रियाओं से पूरित होगा।

Red Hand Day

Red Hand Day or International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers is observed on 12 February each year. It is an appeal to leaders across the world to withdraw their support for and recruitment of child soldiers who are dragged into conflicts.

Over the years, YUVA has taken part in Red Hand Day, discussing child rights and their protection. The children have been sensitised about the importance of education in their formative years and they have actively participated in discussions on how they can safeguard their rights.

In 2018, an attempt was made to reach out to the most marginalised areas in the community and educate children and youth there. We also roped in stakeholders of child care and protection, like the local MLA, police officials and Health post CDPO, and garnered their support in the movement.


Free Demo session on ‘Self-awareness and Personal Effectiveness’

YUVA is conducting a day-long free demo class on ‘Self-awareness and Personal Effectiveness’ in collaboration with Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL), TISS.
This class is part of the course on Diploma in Youth Leadership and People’s skills, which will begin by June.
Date- 11th feb, 2017
Time- 10 am – 6 pm
Venue: YUVA centre, Kharghar.

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