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Annual Report 2015

Impact 5000 by 18

YouthNet Impact 5000 by 18 launches ‘DialNagaland’

In order to promote and empower local skilled workers, YouthNet, YouthNet’s Impact 5000 by 18 – a five-year program on entrepreneurship, skill development and employment in partnership with the Department of Labour and Employment, launched “DialNagaland”,  a classified directory of local skilled workers which the public can access by calling a number (70850-50006) and requesting for the services of skilled workers such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, masons, painters etc.

The operator then connects the potential customers/clients to the available skilled workers by giving them the contact information of the available skilled workers. The customers can then get in touch directly with the skilled workers for negotiations and avail their services.

Dial Nagaland was conceptualized and created to address the issue of inaccessibility of local skilled workers including the innumerable skilled people from ITIs across the state, and to help the local skilled workers in their marketing by creating linkages and publicity. Dial Nagaland also aims to improve the level of professionalism of the skilled workers by imparting training as and when necessary, and to organize the local skilled labour industry in the state. The services will first be piloted in Kohima and Dimapur before going to other districts. Dial Nagaland currently has close to 80 skilled workers registered across different sectors and more are welcome to register for free at the YouthNet offices in Kohima and Dimapur.

Dial Nagaland is being undertaken through YouthNet’s Impact 5000 by 18 – a five-year program on entrepreneurship, skill development and employment.

YouthNet with IEF conducts entrepreneurship prog

 

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YouthNet in partnership with The Indian Entrepreneurship Foundation (IEF) conducted the first session of an entrepreneurship programme called The Master Class in Kohima at the YouthNet Office on October 2.

This is a part of YouthNet’s bigger programme called ‘Impact 5000 by 18’ which is being carried out in partnership with the Govt. of Nagaland to encourage the private sector through entrepreneurship, employment generation and skill-building.

The Master class has brought together some of the most promising urban educated emerging entrepreneurs and young people in business. The Master class has been conceptualized to address the needs of urban entrepreneurs and organization leaders who have the potential to take their enterprises or organizations to new heights thereby positively affecting the economy and society as a whole. YouthNet and IEF also envision that these entrepreneurs eventually provide the higher value chain for rural entrepreneurs and thus create employment opportunities for the youth of the state. The program has been designed  for two years where  business owners and organization leaders registered will meet once every few months  to share ideas and learn from each other and also to assess the growth of their enterprise/organization as an outcome of their learning.

Bhairavi Jani, the founder of IEF, facilitated the first session and will be followed by other business leaders as resource persons. Listed as one of the 30 most Powerful Women in India by the India Today publication in 2010, Bhairavi is the Executive Director at SCA Group of Companies and has served as Executive Director for India@75, an initiative for realizing the dream of an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by the year 2022. In addition to being  an  India  Leadership  Initiative  Fellow,  she  is  a  member  of  the  National  Committee  of  India@75  Foundation Trust as well as the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Director of the Meghalaya  Institute of Entrepreneurship, and a founding member and former National Chairman of Young  Indians, CII.

 First Cut

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First Cut, an inter collegiate competition was organized by YouthNet under the “IMPACT 5000 BY 18” campaign which is in partnership with Department of Youth Resources and Sports, Government of Nagaland. The inter collegiate competition consisted of 20 teams with 5 members in each team. The chief mentor for First Cut was Geoffrey Yaden, Editor-in-Chief, Nagaland Post.

The program took off on 11 February, 2015 and concluded on 11th March, 2015. During the course of the program each team was given a sum of Rs. 10000, which they have used for profit making ventures. Various tasks include revenue generation, negotiation, communication and team work. Also certain criteria such as the teams has to work during their free times were implemented in order that it does not affect their academics and also to make the optimum utilization of their time.

During the course of competition, participants set up stalls at different locations, negotiating with suppliers, and customers, marketing their products and hosting events to draw customer’s attention. A total of Rs. 552836 was the revenue made by the participants during the two weeks of the competition.

The colleges that participated are from Kohima and Dimapur are Baptist College, Japfii Christian College, Kohima College, Kohima Science College, Sazolie College, St. Joseph’s College, C-Edge College, Engineering College NU, ICFAI, Mount Mary College, Salesian College of Higher Education, Shiv City College, SM College, Tetso College and Sakus Mission College. On the success of the program YN plans to take it to other districts of Nagaland.

To fuel up the inter collegiate competition; a parallel competition was initiated among the audience, where they have to guess who the winner will be and how much their profit making will be. The winner was Mr. Khyojamo Ngullie, a student of Northfield school Kohima. He was awarded a smart phone for winning the contest.

The Bisons from St. Joseph’s College won the competition. During the entire competition the team had worked on catering, setting up their stall at jail colony in the evening. The team also made a net profit of more than 70,000 rupees.

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A 10-day exposure trip to Hyderabad was organised by YouthNet for the winners of ‘First Cut’ – the inter-collegiate entrepreneurship competition. The group of students visited and interacted with professionals from young corporate India and companies namely Deloitte and Aries Agro, and the prestigious business school – the Indian School of Business. The purpose of the trip was to expose the students to the work culture and professionalism of the corporate world, to the way business is done by companies, and to understand the job opportunities in the private sector. The trip was from May 29 to June 9 2015 and the team comprised of six students from St. Joseph’s college, Jakhama and Baptist College, Kohima, led by two YouthNet officials.

Apart from the winner there were other awardees too. These awards were given with certain benefits and vouchers. The following teams were the awardees:

  1. Team Young Minds – Origin Spa most promising award.
  2. Team Fusionive – Puma best accounting and finance.
  3. Team Young Achievers – The Amonar tea most innovative award.
  4. Team Sand – The Bambusa best operations award.

YouthNet ‘Impact 5000 by 18’ receives special mention award

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The Northeast Social Impact Awards 2015, an event organized by National Foundation of India in partnership with the North East Development Foundation was held at the NEDFi House in Guwahati on August 28.

YouthNet’s Impact 5000 by 18 received the special mention award under the ‘social innovations in youth development.’ The awards celebrate and recognize best practices and innovation in social and community development in North-East India.

The ‘Impact 5000 by 18’ campaign launched in 2013 is a partnership between YouthNet and the Government of Nagaland. It aims to reach and impact 5000 local youths by 2018 with the goal of building a healthier and stronger private sector in Nagaland by focusing on creating sustainable income opportunities through nurturing and promoting a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The campaign has over the last two years undertaken various projects including carpentry and steel fabrication workshops, handloom and bamboo basket weaving skill-building programs, local piggery shop, CAT scholarship, Dial Nagaland, The Entrepreneur, etc.

The programme is guided by the vision to create and build socio-economic prosperity for the youth and an entrepreneurial culture in the state.

Nagaland Career and Development Centre

Skills training held for govt employees in Dimapur

YouthNet conducted a two-day professional skill development training at DC conference hall, Dimapur on May 29 and 30. The training was initiated by Kesonyu Yhome, IAS, Dimapur DC, with a vision to build the efficiency and professional skills of the administration workforce, informed a press release.

The facilitator of the training was Training Consultant Nuneseno Chase accompanied by Ebibeni Humtsoe and Thejanguzo Terhuja.

According to the release, the training was a mix of real time situation and practices common in the work place. The training emphasized on professionalism in the workplace, teamwork, effective communication, time management, work – life balance, motivation and pro-activeness and ownership. It also focused on honing the key soft skills required to excel and be valuable and add good value to the different stakeholders.

The training was attended by respective staff from various departments.

 

Job oriented program

Job and Career fair

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A ‘job and career fair’ was recently organised in Nagaland’s Dimapur District with the aim of helping youth to hone their skills.

A large number of unemployed youth turned up at the two-day long fair, which witnessed the participation of around 50 reputed companies and vocational institutions

The event inaugurated by Chief Minister T R Zeliang was organised by the Department of Labour and Employment in association with YouthNet.

“There were about 25 vocational training providers and about 25 job employers from various backgrounds like hospitality sector, hotel sector and airlines. We have seen a large number of people walking in the fair and there are as many as 500 employment opportunities. I collected information from some of the stalls and have seen a good response,” said Ebibeni Humtsoe, a team leader of YouthNet.

“By attending this fair, I have benefited a lot. I came to know about lots of companies. It will be very helpful for my career in the future,” said Scato Swu, a job seeker.

The companies, which participated in the job fair included Wipro, Toyota, Hyundai, VLCC, NIIT, Jet Airways and Pacifist.

The candidates, who got the opportunity to apply for different jobs with these multiple companies, were also shortlisted by the participating firms.

“Today, we have registered 52 candidates already with us and two of them are interested to undergo training in Beauty Spa and hospitality. This is a very good platform for the job seeker and for the youth to know and get themselves trained,” said Aheibam Joyshankar Singh, the Regional Manager of O2 Skills.

Nagaland has a very high literacy rate, but there is a large proportion of educated unemployed youth in the state.

Organising such job fairs on a regular basis will help the educated youth to find jobs in reputed firms across the country.

Workshops/ Conferences/ Seminars

 

Workshop on social media for empowerment in Kohima

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With the aim of facilitating individuals and organizations in using social media for self-development and also sharing the best practices, the Digital Empowerment Foundation New Delhi, in collaboration with the American centre, New Delhi and supported by YouthNet Nagaland, organized one-day workshop on “social media for empowerment” at Hotel Vivor on 31st March 2015

In his key note address, MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon urged the young people to use social media for positive impact in the state and in the region.

Pointing out that one should be responsible while posting comments in the social media, he advised the gathering to use social media as a platform to express with thoughtful words and constructive suggestion.

Kikon said social media could be used to discuss on important social issues.

MLA maintained that thousands of youths using social media daily should be a purposeful one for the society and strengthen the democracy in the country. Policy analyst Amba Jamir, in his address on the topic ‘social media and policy making’, said social media was a new paradigm for communications that brought a lot of surprise changes to the political and social landscape.

Jamir informed that home ministry, government of India in December 2014 instructed its officials to use social media but with restraints.

He said there was increased use of social media in government for public engagements, disseminating of information, policy making, recruitment, generating awareness, education etc.

Jamir added that said embracing social media could spur improvement in providing fast and low cost way for the governments to disseminate policy information attain public feedback and communicate with citizens. However, he cautioned that wrong information could spread and multiply rapidly. Further, Jamir shared the details of advantages and disadvantages of using social media.

Ravi Gurtia of digital empowerment foundation spoke on the objective of the workshop, YouthNet Lezo executive member Putsure spoke on YouthNet and its social network message.

Cloud evangelist Sunny Sharma spoke on status of social media from a national perspective and reflecting on how social media has been the reason and solution for crisis in North East at different times. IT programme consultant Yanpvuo spoke on social media , enabler for a smarter government and progressive society.

Dr. Tali Ao Librarian spoke on “the status and power of social media and how it can be used best in North East”, Lawrence Miglialo on “the international perspective-overview on social media worldwide” while summing up on how NGOs and other organization can adopt social media as an effective tool for communications and outreach by Ravi Guria deputy programme Director, media and communications, digital empowerment foundation New Delhi.

YouthNet members, social networking administrators, church youth leaders, NGOs, students and others attended the programme.

Social Media workshop in Kohima turned out to be the platform that not only brought productive young minds together, but it paved the way for collective consciousness to see the problem from a new perspective. Exposure to number of successful campaigns using social media inspired the participants to re-orient their thinking. A belief had emerged that anything can be achieved with right thinking, application and efforts in place. People have achieved so much just by the virtue of utilizing the power of social media to their advantage, then why couldn’t people of Kohima.

 

Digital Empowerment Foundation and YouthNet organises

eNGO workshop

A one-day workshop for NGOs, NPOs, CBOs and SHGs was conducted on December 17 at NBDA Conference Hall, 6th Mile, Dimapur. The eNGO workshop was organised by DEF (Digital Empowerment Foundation) with local partner YouthNet.

The objective of the workshop was to encourage the local organizations to have an online presence and improve global trust and visibility for non-profits in the ever crowded digital space.

As the chief guest, Kesonyu Yhome, DC Dimapur, in his address shared how NGOs play such an important role in building society. He highlighted that though there are so many NGOs within our state, only a handful are engaged in meaningful work. He encouraged the NGOs to develop trust amongst the people just like governments and other similar bodies. He also stressed on the need for NGOs to use technology to reach out to more people and to be able to share stories.

 

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