Me to We is Swechha’s Adolescent Empowerment Programme supported by EMpower and engages adolescent boys and girls from Jagdamba Camp in the age group 13 – 18. The programme grew out of a need to understand and address the problems of adolescents living in the community and focuses on issues of identity, social efficacy and resourcefulness.ME to WE also aims to give the adolescents a sense of direction and the confidence to make their own choices through a planned curriculum using interactive games, activities, skill building and internships as tools.
Identity, Social Efficacy, Resourcefulness and Entrepreneuship
Life Skills Curriculum, Weekly sessions, Action campaigns , Industry exposure visits, film screenings, Interactions with experts and skill building workshops, Internships , fellowships and placements.
Young people from Jagdamba Camp in the age group 13-18
OUTREACH AND IMPACT
50 adolescent boys and girls aged 13-18 from Jagdamba Camp were engaged in the first Cycle of Me to We in 2014
In 2015, 30 adolescents aged 13-18 were regularly engaged through the lifeskills curriculum while the older boys and girls were guided through internships and one-on-one interactions
4 adolescent participants of Cycle 1 of Me to We are now the Community animators at Swechha and represent the organisation in the community
In 2015, two fellowships were awarded to two of the participants for setting up their enterprises
Currently in its third cycle, Me to We is directly working with 30 adolescents aged 12-16 on life skills and a youth group that comprises of 20 adolescents aged 16-18.
Shilpa, a former Me to We Participant ( and now a community animator) was invited to be a part of the Panel of ‘With and For Girls Collective’ that interviewed 10 organisations across the Asia Pacific Region in August 2016.