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There are 36 million unemployed youth in India. Of these 24 million live in villages and substantial number move to cities in search of employment. One of the reasons for unemployment among youth is the significant disconnect between the school education and the opportunities, skills, and exposure necessary to achieve full potential and earn livelihood.

Solution:
Working at the intersection of education and livelihood, we create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the aspiring youth. We make the school education practical and relevant by providing job/life skills training, aptitude testing, career counseling, and bridge loan for micro-enterprises.

Current Scale: Focused on working with secondary and higher secondary school students, we have reached 30,000 students from over 500 schools in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh as of 2016.

Partnerships with State Governments: In addition to direct implementtion in the schools, we have entered into MoU with RMSA-Department of Education of Maharashtra and Gujarat and with Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation to provide program amangement and technical support for vocational education projects implemented by the states.

The programs have led to increase in enrollment, enhancement of academic performance, reduction in the dropout rate, and higher number of secondary school graduates opting for technical education.

Watch a short film about PLAN100 -
an initiative to equip 20,000 girls and boys from 100 secondary schools based in rual India with job and life skills. Read More >>

Lend A Hand India enters into MoU with Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC)
We are pleased to share that an MoU was signed between Lend A Hand India and APSSDC to provide technical support and program management resources for the skill development efforts undertaken by APSSDC in the state.

Lend A Hand India enters into MoU with RMSA-Department of Education (Gujarat)
We are pleased to share that an MoU was signed between Lend A Hand India and RMSA-Department of Education (Gujarat) to provide technical support and program management resources for the implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary School Education in the state of Gujarat. The program slated to be launched in 20 schools on pilot basis beginning academic year 2016-17

Lend A Hand India enters into MoU with Department of Education (Maharashtra) to coordinate CSR efforts in the State
We are pleased to share that an MoU was signed between Lend A Hand India and Department of Education (Maharashtra) to design, strategic formulation, planning and execution of CSR Policy for the Department of School Education

LAHI Co-founder Sunanda Mane nominated as "Ashoka Globalizer Fellow"

We are proud to share with you that Sunanda Mane (Ashoka Fellow 2011), co-founder and President, Lend-A-Hand India has been conferred with the reputed Ashoka Globalizer Fellowship 2012. The Ashoka Globalizer is a highly selective fellowship program which aims to broaden the scale of innovative social initiatives, which have succeeded at a local/regional level by providing financial and strategic support to take them to the global scale. Read more >>

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Junior Rural Fellowship for rural youth. The fellowship offers unique opportunity to learn job and life skills through practicals. The duration of the fellowship is six months at the end of which those who will complete the program successfully will be eligible for paid apprenticeship which will lead to a full time employment with clear career growth path. Read more>>

From the field : : "My teacher asked me if I knew how to do wiring of the ceiling fan. I said no to which he replied that we were going to learn that in our class..." says, Samina Tadavi, a beneficiary of NetIP-NY's grant for LAHI's Job and Life Skills Program.
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LAHI launches Permaculture Project: In collaboration with an international group of permaculture experts, LAHI is designing a training program in sustainable agriculture and sustainable community development for high school students. Read more>>

Survey of Vocational Training Alumni: A review of the current status of the graduates of Lend-A-Hand India's vocational training program, PLAN 100, shows that multi-skill practical training, combined with early mentoring, leads to economic self reliance for poor and marginalized rural youth. Read the findings and some case studies Read more>>

LAHI students playing a role in Indian General Elections
: Imagine young high school children from a remote village in India not only playing an important part in the elections held by the world�s largest democracy India but also getting paid for it and learning some valuable life lessons along the way. Read more>>

Jen Kagan visits LAHI Projects in India: Read about Jen Kagan's experience of visiting a vocational training center in India Read more >>

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