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Youth for India Fellowships 2016 by SBI
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Last date - 10 June 2016

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SBI Youth for India is a fellowship programme initiated, funded and managed by the State Bank of India as a CSR activity , in partnership with reputed NGOs. It provides a framework for India's best young minds to join hands with rural communities, empathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations. The Programme seeks to help India secure an equitable and sustainable growth path by:
Providing educated Indian youth with an opportunity to touch lives and create positive change at the grass root level in rural India. Providing NGOs working on development projects in rural India with educated manpower whose skill sets can be used to catalyze rural development. Promoting a forum for the Programme alumni to share ideas and contribute to rural development throughout their professional life. Stakeholders:
SBI Youth for India was envisioned with an aim to act as a bridge between the following stakeholders of India’s growth story:
Bright Young minds – SBI YFI provides a platform for youngsters to acquire deeper understanding of pressing rural issues. The process sharpens their critical thinking, team management skills and innovative thought process to transform them into professionals, policymakers and social entrepreneurs with a holistic worldview.
NGOs – For decades, many NGOs have been overcoming the odds in the rural areas of India. Their battles are as basic as potable water to as complex as gender inequality. They are always in need of intellectually gifted volunteers to accelerate the process. SBI YFI Fellows have excelled in ongoing projects and have also initiated new projects in the focus area of partner NGOs to create visible change.
Rural Communities – India’s growth story is far from being complete without contribution from its 833 million strong rural population. Rural India is facing various problems and needs solutions that are not just feasible but also sustainable. SBI YFI Fellows are working to bring about the much needed change to create inclusive growth.
Core Values:
All stakeholders to the fellowship are governed by its core values. These values are reflected in our conduct and guide us to positively impact the community, fellows and partners.
Respect:We hold respect for an individual as the cornerstone of the SBI YFI fellowship. We embrace diversity, value distinct opinions, encourage aspirations and appreciate unique talents to create a collaborative culture that is conducive to ideas. We believe in treating others as we expect to be treated.
Service to the Community:Healthy communities are the building blocks of great civilizations. Nations flourish when common objectives are put before personal goals. We, at SBI YFI, encourage an environment where relationships are valued, distribution is fair and roles are played effectively. For there is no doubt that even a small service to the community makes the world a better place to live in.
Creativity:Conventional is the new norm and out-of-the-box thinking is the new mantra. We, at SBI YFI, value innovations and intend to create a culture where ideas are encouraged and nurtured. In our opinion, it is a simple yet imperative process that can be achieved just by changing our way of looking at problems. At YFI, we replace “What?” with “What If!”, “How?” with “How about!” and “Why?” with “Why not!” to create a new world of infinite possibilities.
Fairness:Nature treats everyone equally. We draw our inspiration from nature to look at every stakeholder with the same lens. Well-chalked out policies, transparent operations and honest communication to all the stakeholders are carried out to ensure an unbiased conduct. We wish to inculcate this value in all the communities and individuals we touch because we believe that Fairness alone can bridge the urban-rural development divide.
Our History: The SBI Youth for India Fellowship was conceptualized to accelerate growth and development in the rural sector by bridging the urban-rural divide while transforming Fellows into caring citizens with a more holistic worldview. The Fellowship was launched on 1st March 2011, in partnership with three reputed NGOs. 27 fellows of the pilot batch were selected out of 4500 applications. After a review of its impact, the fellowship was scaled up and in September 2014, the second batch, comprising of 51 Fellows, started their fellowship work. Presently, the 3rd batch of 55 fellows are working at 30 locations across 12 states of the country. The alumni continue to be actively involved with the development sector.
Young Professionals or Fresh Graduates
Age 21-32 (as on date of commencement of programme)
Indian citizen
Shortlisted candidates are notified on an ongoing basis during the application period. We continuously engage with shortlisted applicants over an online forum to get to know them better as well as clarify their doubts regarding the Fellowship.
Interviews 1st July 2016.....Interviews shall be conducted in major metro cities or virtually for applicants based outside India.
Background:You will have access to further material about the programmes of our partner NGOs. You will research, read and familiarize yourself with these to be able to decide on your preferred programme area and partner NGO.
Program commences August and October
13 months
2 cohorts commencing in August and October 2016
Requires you to stay in rural areas near the project site
Week 1 & 2 Orientation and Training:
Requires you to stay in rural areas near the project site
A carefully designed orientation and training programme sensitizes you to the rural ethos, introduces you to rural project management techniques and equips you to handle the challenges you might face. It consists of both classroom sessions as well as field visits.
Key topics to be covered :
Leadership and team building skills
Project Design & Management
Need Assessment
Questionnaire Design
Impact Analysis
Writing case-studies
Documentation methodology
You will be assigned a project in accordance with your interest/skill sets and the requirements of the partner NGO.

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