Proud recipient of Guide Star India Platinum Seal!

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We are proud to share that Bright Future has been awarded with the Guide Star India Platinum Seal which is the highest level of recognition given by Guide Star India to the NGOs who demonstrate transparency and accountability in their functions and processes.

Guide Star India is India’s largest and most reliable NGO information repository. It is a fully searchable database of reliable and comparable information on over 9,000 NGOs. More than 1,200 of these organisations have undergone varying levels of due diligence forming India’s largest pool of certified NGOs. Guide Star India is transforming how Indian NGOs report and share information, and, is changing the way the people perceive, interact and engage with NGOs. 

Volunteering at Bright Future (2018-19)

Here’s a shout-out to all organizations who have supported Bright Future through exposure visits, career mentoring, mock interviews, interview preparation, and much more!

We are hugely grateful for your support in the year 2018-19. We look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial association.

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Corporates:

JPM, Kalpataru, ACG, HDFC Life, CLP India, Citi Bank, Aditya Birla, Burger King, Cafe Coffee Day, Club Mahindra, Intelnet global services, Crowtech, Eureka forbes, Job angels, Pizza hut, Mondelez, Sequel one, Pantaloons, Mansi herbal company, Tata Chemicals

NGO Volunteer Partners:

iVolunteer, Connectfor, Goodera

Educational Institutes:

SNDT, SIES, ITM, Kudal’s College of Social Work

If you’re looking to volunteer or partner with us for volunteering, please contact us at 9167562451 or volunteermentor@brightfutureindia.org. Here’s the link to the Volunteer With Us website page.

 

 

 

A story of re-joining education and inspiration…

12. Stories of Change 1

Pooja Jaiswar comes from a very humble background and lives in Vatsalatai Nagar a slum area in Mumbai with her parents and four siblings. Father runs a small tailoring business and mother is a house-wife who looks after the daily chores at home. Two of Pooja’s elder brothers have moved out of their house and settled outside Mumbai for their jobs. Pooja’s eldest brother works in his friend’s cloths store and contributes very little to their family’s expenses.

When Pooja was pursuing her SYB.Com, her father had a long spell of sickness as he was suffering from malaria and dengue. Owing to her father’s illness Pooja could not continue her education and had to drop out from college to look after her younger sister at home. Pooja was very disheartened when she had to leave her college and did not know how she could constructively help her family. This is when she came in contact with Bright Future’s team in the community through a friend. Pooja grabbed this opportunity to upgrade her skills and joined the Youth Development Training Center where she got inputs for developing her personality, being work-ready and also different learning opportunities from guest lecturers who came to the center.

Pooja’s family values were a bit conservative when it came to women in their family which often restricted her mobility, her interaction with boys of her age and the kind of clothes she could wear. During the 3 months training program, Pooja’s parents attended workshops organized for them by Bright Future which helped them to build their perspective about how positive parenting can enable and empower their daughter to be independent as well as responsible. The frequent interactions by Bright Future team with them changed their mindset and they started being more accepting about Pooja’s decision to work post her training program as well as the formal dress code that she will have to wear at her workplace. Pooja meanwhile also started performing well in her Computer lessons as well as her communication skills in English improved. With this new sense of achievement and support from her family, Pooja was very confident and looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life, post the training program. Through Bright Future’s placement assistance, Pooja secured a job as Sales Associate at Big Bazaar in R City Mall in Ghatkopar, Mumbai where she works with few of her batch mates from Bright Future training program.

Pooja now has resumed her studies and is pursuing her graduation while doing her job. She is very hopeful about her future and is once again a cheerful person like before. Pooja also recognizes her responsibility towards society and hence spares some time to participate in Bright Future’s awareness activities through Drama For Development program. Recently, Pooja and her sister Aarti together planned and supported financial expenses of the redevelopment of their house and the joy and pride on the faces of their parents was a sight to behold!!

A story of grit and resilience…

13. Stories of Change 2

Khemchand Ramlal Kurdia, is the youngest of the 3 siblings and stayed with his parents in a low-income community in Chembur area of Mumbai. His elder brother moved to another city permanently after he got married and the elder sister lived with them. Khemchand’s father had a small business of making shoes and mother used to work as a domestic help to support the family.

When Khemchand was in grade 12, his father passed away due to severe illness which was a big shock to the family. Grief-stricken Khemchand barely managed to complete his 12th grade and later had to look after the father’s business which was already not doing well. During the same period, Khemchand’s elder sister also got married which left just Khemchand and his mother to look after each other. His mother kept working as domestic help and Khemchand was trying hard to bring the business back. As the business was already doing bad Khemchand could do very little from saving it from closing down due to losses incurred post his father’s sudden death. Khemchand was extremely low and lonely during this phase due to sudden departure of his father and sister moving away from him. He was clueless about his future and mother’s wellbeing as well.

Khemchand came across Bright Future’s Training program when he was struggling to find a job to support his mother. A brief discussion with Bright Future team gave him an idea on how he could develop his communication skills which will help him secure a steady job. Khemchand signed up for the 3 months program and started coming regularly to the sessions. Meeting other people of his age and spending time with them in the class, helped Khemchand open up and make good friends. He developed his communications skills in English language with the activity-based learning inputs given by the facilitator in the class. With the progress he saw in himself, Khemchand’s was confident that he will get a good job post his training and his dream really came true. Post the training, through Bright Future’s placement assistance Khemchand secured a job in Crosswords Bookstore in Vashi. Khemchand’s mother is very proud of her child who has stood by her through thick and thin and today supports her by doing a job based on his merit. A boy, who had once given up on life, has today overcame his hardships and has received awards and appreciation at work for his outstanding customer service skills. We at Bright Future are very proud of Khemchand’s grit and resilience!!

A story of journey towards independence and responsibility…

14. Stories of Change 3

Mamta Kanwar Shekhawat, lives with her parents and 4 brothers, total 9 members in a small one room house in Prakash Mill Compound area in Lower Parel. Mamta’s father hails from Rajasthan and moved to Mumbai for seeking employment. Having completed his education only till grade 4, he worked in a mill and started his family in Mumbai. Mamta’s mother has never been to school and always stayed at home to look after her children especially Mamta’s younger brother who is differently abled. Mamta’s eldest brother, the first graduate from his family, is married and has two children. Mamta’s youngest brother has completed 9th grade and is not interested in continuing his education further.

When Mamta and her elder brothers were young, Mamta’s father was not willing to send them to school due to financial constraints. Mamta’s mother being uneducated wanted her children to go to school and make a better life for themselves. On mother’s insistence, Mamta was enrolled in nearest Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal School along with her brothers. Mamta’s father had severe alcohol addiction issues due to which the environment at home was not very conducive for the development of the siblings. Despite of the frequent fights at home for money and father’s alcohol issues; Mamta completed her 10th grade as she wanted to support her mother by taking responsibility of her own life. Not knowing her actual interests and passion, Mamta followed her peers to pursue further education in Commerce field in Siddharth College in Mumbai only with a dream to get a good job, be independent and support her family. Meanwhile, Mamta’s both brothers had started working and the family felt that things would change for better. But soon tragedy struck the family when Mamta’s elder brother passed away in a freak bike accident within a week after her eldest brother got married. Mamta decided to stay back in her native town to look after her grief-stricken mother. She only returned to Mumbai after 8 months, as only 3 months were left for 12th grade exam. Mamta requested her tuition class teacher to give her extra lessons and managed to pick up on the lost lessons and appear for her 12th Grade exams.

After Mamta completed her Bachelors in Commerce, Mamta’s mother wanted her to learn stitching for earning a living and work at home. Mamta felt the need to upgrade her skills to secure a job and that’s when she got to know about Bright Future’s Youth Development and Training Center. Mamta’s mother was approached by Bright Future team and counselled on what value Bright Future course would add to Mamta’s personality and her job prospects in market. Seeing that Mamta’s mother was not keen on sending Mamta to work, the team convinced her mother that the course will empower her daughter to be independent, support their family as father could no longer work due to sickness and thus take charge of her situation and life as a whole. Mamta then joined the 3 months program from May 2015 and started coming to the center every day. During the course she picked up computer skills, communication skills, developed awareness about development sector and also learnt that there are so many others like her who need guidance from organisations like Bright Future. Mamta was not inclined to work in a Mall or any Retail outlet instead she wanted to do something more meaningful and fulfilling and that’s when the opportunity to work with Bright Future as a receptionist came along. Mamta’s mother was delighted that she will be based out of office and with an organisation and with people she already knew from her training program.

Mamta started working from January 2016 as a receptionist but she was very skeptical if she will be able to pull it off. Kishor Palve, Bright Future’s Founder, personally gave Mamta inputs on how she could improve on her office administration skills and she soon developed skills in receiving people and calls on reception, interacting with vendors, managing basic recruitment processes under HR Manager’s guidance. Being curious about all that people did around her at work, Mamta took the onus of her learning and learnt documentation, excel and basic HR processes by finding mentors on her own. When the existing HR Manager moved out of Bright Future, it was Mamta who was assigned the responsibility of managing the function till a new person was hired in that place. Keeping in mind her performance during that phase, potential and openness to learn, she was promoted to Human Resources Assistant’s position from May 2017.

Mamta sees a lot of changes in her in form of her ability to critically analyse, emotionally more stable, ability to learn from her environment and more responsible. She also learnt how peer pressure affects youth, other issues related to youth and how to use positive disciplining for change which helped her relate to the issues faced by her younger brother who got into a bad company and had to be talked out of it. On personal front, Mamta is able to establish better relationships, resolves conflicts at home and takes responsibility of members of her family. She also encourages her sister-in-law to be more independent by giving her more exposure to the world outside their home. Mamta’s mother says, “She has grown a lot and has become independent and takes care of all of us.” Mansi, Mamta’s supervisor at work, says,” Mamta is very hardworking, always willing to learn new things at work and uses feedback positively to improve her work.” Kishor says, “Mamta is very honest and assertive when it comes to expressing her thoughts and opinions. She has developed good people management skills and works well with external and internal stakeholders of the organisation.” It is very heart-warming to see Mamta’s transformation into an independent and responsible young girl!!

Bright Future is Guide Star India recommended!

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Bright Future holds the Gold Seal for Accountability and Transparency. GuideStar India is India’s largest and most reliable NGO information repository. It has the largest, fully searchable database of reliable and comparable information on over 7,600 NGOs. More than 750 of these organisations have undergone varying levels of due diligence forming India’s largest pool of certified NGOs.

Story of Bright Future’s Founder

Kishor

Kishor Palve, the eldest of three children, was born in 1984 in a small village of Udarmal in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, a place which not more than 500 families call home. After 4 years of schooling in Ahmednagar, his family shifted base to Mumbai.

The community around him did not have any major role models to look up to. As a result, the children there had very low aspirations with regards to their education and career. After school, Kishor chose to study further in commerce stream because that was what others with similar marks had chosen and usually chose when he looked at the trends. He was not aware of why people make such decisions.

While studying at a coaching class during his college days, an Economics professor made a big impression on him. His method and passion for the subject made him realize that he too wanted to do something ahead in his life which would give him the same satisfaction. He started to think of a career in business. So in the third year of college, he began a small initiative of selling vada pavs – a famous Mumbai street side snack, as he was not too sure of how his studies would help him in his professional life ahead. But due to lack of a license, the local authorities confiscated his material which caused a massive financial loss to this young entrepreneur.

Then at a tally course, he happened to meet a professional social worker. After knowing more about this field from him, he got motivated and applied to Karve Institute in Pune. During the interview process, he spoke with the students there who explained the course in detail as well as about the development sector. It was only after all these interactions that his doubts were cleared and he knew for sure this was what he needed to do. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it into this institute. He had two options – to join a not so well known institute in the Satara district or to try the next year at the Mumbai Institute. But Kishor believed that if he had the interest and the passion, the name of the institute was secondary and that he would be able to make it anywhere without the backing of the name of a well-known institute. So, he finally joined the MSW course at the Yashwant Rao Chavan School of Social Work, Satara. Many of his classmates did not have any real interest in the sector but were there because someone else had done the course or because the college was close to home.

After completing his 2 year course and gaining some experience working with non-profit organizations, he felt the need to do something about the situation of youth like himself and his classmates, something that would help them identify what actually they have a potential for or interest in, as these should be the foundations on which their career should be based on.

Kishor, therefore, started doing some research on this issue. He began talking to people in related fields, discussing possible situations and ideas that could help address this situation. As he started getting to the root of the problem, he understood that the students in the last years of schooling needed to start reviewing their interests, talents, and skills and identify what job opportunities or what careers they could lead to. Even youth who had dropped out of the school needed to be motivated to develop their skills which would then open up their chances to find work. So, Kishor along with a few friends started meeting with youth in schools and dropouts to talk about how education along with their talents was the base for their careers ahead. These first meetings sowed the seed for what is New Resolution India today! And so was born Bright Future, a project of New Resolution India to work with adolescents and youth in the communities and schools on the following issues faced by our Founder Kishor and many more like him at an early stage in their lives:

  • Lack of Role Models and hence Low Aspirations amongst youth
  • Absence of Peer Learning and Mentoring
  • Lack of Self Awareness and hence unable to cope with the challenges and make informed decisions
  • Lack of Exposure to external world apart from immediate environment and hence low self-confidence
  • Lack of Career Guidance and Development
  • Key stakeholders like parents and teachers unaware of how to guide the youth