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SBI Youth for India Fellowship

Recognized as the flagship program of SBI Foundation, it is a 13-month long fellowship that enables nation's youth to work on rural development projects in partnership with experienced NGOs.

The fellowship provides a framework for India's best minds to join hands with rural communities, emphathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations.

INITIAL YEARS

Launched on 1st March, 2011, the pilot batch had 27 fellows who successfully completed the fellowship.

The concept received a positive feedback from all the stakeholders involved, considerable impact was assessed on the ground.

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The Program seeks to help India secure an equitable and sustainable growth path by:

  • Providing educated and passionate urban 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 Program alumni to share ideas and contribute to rural development throughout their professional life.

And a strong network of 184 alumni that are today working in diverse fields, 60% of which continued to be actively involved in the development sector.

OUR VISION

Our vision is that one day every village has the necessary capacities to develop themselves sustainably.

OUR MISSION

To build a movement of passionate and sincere changemakers who bridge the rural urban gap, by:

  • Creating a trusted gateway for higher talents to flow into rural development, thereby reviving the grassroots development machinery and benefit marginalized communities.

OUR CORE VALUES

These core values are reflected in our conduct and guide us to positively impact the community, fellows and partners.

  1. RESPECT
  2. We hold respect for an individual as the cornerstone of the SBI Youth for India 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.

  3. SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
  4. Healthy communities are the building blocks of great civilizations. Nations flourish when common objectives are put before personal goals. We, at SBI Youth for India, 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.

  5. CREATIVITY
  6. Unconventional is the new norm and out-of-the-box thinking is the new mantra. We, at SBI Youth for India, 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 SBI YFI, we replace "What?" with "What If!", "How?" with "How about!" and "Why?" with "Why not!" to create a new world of infinite possibilities.

  7. FAIRNESS
  8. 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.