Empowering young at risk

Empowering Young at Risk


6 to 16 years

Who they are

Slum children, Dalit children, Tribal children, Rural children from marginalised community, Bonded labourers, Children of Refuges, Children of migrant workers, HIV Infected/affected children, *Special focus on girl children


Services offered to the Children (Young at Risk)

  • 1. Street Presence
  • YaR functionaries from the YaR centres are present at the street corners, bus stations, railway stations, markets and other places in the cities and towns with the intention of befriending children and the young on the streets and rehabilitating them.
  • 2. Rescue Booth in the Bus Stand
  • Slum children, Dalit children, Tribal children, Rural children from marginalised community, Bonded labourers, Children of Refuges, Children of migrant workers, HIV Infected/affected children, *Special focus on girl children
  • 3. Rescue Booth in the Railway Station
  • It is a booth established by the YaR centre in the railway platforms with the permission and co-operation of appropriate authorities as an
  • extension of the YaR centre with the intention of reaching out to the unaccompanied children and trafficked children who arrive there or pass by. It is an opportunity to rescue such children and rehabilitate them to safety.
  • 4. Drop in Centres
  • The children and the young on the street are reached out and befriended and are invited to the drop in centres run by the YaR agency. It is a friendly place with a lot of freedom. The young can come in and move out at anytime during the day. Recreation, TV, toilets, space to take rest, friendly staff and counseling facilities are available for the young at a drop in centre.
  • 5. Shelter Home
  • Shelter Home is a centre for children established in a city or town. Children who are rescued from the streets are brought to this centre for care and protection. Such children are those who have decided not to continue living on the streets anymore. It provides short stay with many facilities for day and night and it is here that they are helped to decide with counseling support regarding their future: to return home, to be part of other alternative cares, to study, to get trained etc.
  • 6. Night Shelter
  • It is possible that many of the children and the young especially in bigger city streets may decide to continue to live on the streets. Forcing them to leave the streets may produce negative results. So they are invited to spend the nights in the night shelter run by the YaR Centres and be safe. The night shelter is attractive with many facilities and a friendly atmosphere. It is another opportunity for the YaR centre to motivate the young on the streets towards rehabilitation.
  • 7. Mobile Medical Care Units
  • The medical care units of the YaR Centres would regularly visit street corners of the city to provide primary medical care to the children and the young on the streets. It is also another tool for entering into the hearts of children on the streets to motivate them towards a more meaningful and safe way of living away from the streets or other situations of risk.
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  • 8. Mobile Schools
  • A vehicle with facilities for conducting education programmes and teachers move to different locations where the children who do not go to school and educate them.
  • 9. Street and Slum Literacy/education programmes
  • The teachers from the YaR Centers go to locations on the streets or to other prearranged spots or to the slums to teach children. Children who live on the streets, child labourers and children who do not go to school from their slum dwellings attend such educational programmes.
  • 10. Saving Schemes for Children
  • The YaR Centres offer saving schemes to the young who live and work on the streets or in other situations where they generate income. It is an excellent way to orient them towards a meaningful future and to rehabilitate them.
  • 11. Children’s Home- Boys
  • Boys rescued from the dangerous situations or referred by Juvenile Justice Board or Child Welfare Committees or by the guardians or those boys who have decided to leave the streets are offered care and protection in the children homes.
  • 12. Children’s Home- Girls
  • Girls rescued from the dangerous situations, referred by Juvenile Justice Board or by CWC or by the guardians and those girls who have decided to leave the streets are offered care and protection in the children homes.
  • 13. Referral Services
  • If the marginalized children contacted by the YaR centres donot have proper facilities to meet their special needs then they are referred to competent institutions for care and protection and they are followed up by the YaR Centres.
  • 14. Medical Clinic with residential facility
  • Children from the streets and other situations of risk who need special medical care are admitted into the medical clinic of the YaR centre with residential facility. They are looked after by proper nursing care at the clinic until they are healthy.
  • 15. Library
  • The YaR Centre runs children’s library from where the young and the children who are under the care of the YaR centre can read books.
  • 16. Leap Frog courses for School integration
  • It is an education programmes for children who have dropped out of education and who have not gone to school. The education is carried out in such a way that it would facilitate the children to join school education, to join age appropriate classes in the school.
  • 17. National Child Labour Schools
  • The YaR centres educate children rescued from child labour through the NCLP (National Child Labour programmes) of the Government. The children who undergo this education programmes are later admitted into main stream school education.
  • 18. National/State Open Schools
  • YaR centres run education programmes offered by the National/State Open Schools to secure education for the marginalised and at risk youth that they serve . The system, the open school offers seems to be quite suitable for many of the youngsters of the YaR centres who would like to do studies at a different pace and it offers both academic and technical studies.
  • 19. After Care Homes
  • Youngsters who have crossed the age of 18, who may be into technical training, higher studies or into first year of employment are taken care of in the After Care Homes run by the YaR Centres. Most of the youngsters in after care homes are those who may not have a home of their own.
  • 20. Homes for HIV/AIDS Affected and infected children
  • The children and the young who are affected and infected by HIV/AIDS are given proper residential care and treatment in the homes run by YaR Centres.
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  • 21. Tent Schools
  • Tent schools are a way of providing education to child labourers. Education programmes are conducted in the vicinity of child labour situations like mining, factories etc. Often they are run in tents. It is a way of rescuing child labour and admitting them into mainstream education.
  • 22. Evening school, tuition and study centres
  • Children who do not go to schools, who drop out of schools, who are poor etc. are given educational support at the evening schools, tuitions and study centres run by the YaR centres and by other Don Bosco centres.
  • 23. School Adoption
  • Children who drop out of education is the target of a lot of exploitation, abuses and trafficking. A lot of children drop out of education and are exploited. So YaR centres in their neighbourhood adopt and support ordinary schools to prevent children from dropping out of education.
  • 24. Private Academic education for the poor who have low grades
  • Children and the young with very poor grades do not get admission to continue with education in regular formal schools. Such youth often fall prey to anti social situations and exploitation. So academic education programmes are run especially for those with very low grades coming from very poor and marginalized backgrounds.
  • 25. Outreach Programmes to Government Juvenile Homes
  • YaR centres reach out to Juvenile Homes run by Government with various services and collaborate towards the integral growth of the children there.
  • 26. Education Sponsorship
  • Children and the young who are home placed by the YaR centres are supported with financial sponsorship to support their education if they are from very poor financial background.
  • 27. Centre for Physically challenged children
  • Some of the children rescued from situations of risk are physically challenged and they are given care in centres meant for physically challenged children.
  • 28. Children’s Village
  • If there are a number of children who are homeless and can’t get back to their own families they are looked after in children’s village. A children’s village will have several children homes, which are small homes to ensure personal care.
  • 29. Income Generation Programmes
  • A YaR Center could have the production of simple handicrafts and souvenirs or other useful products. The children could be part of such activities as training in useful skills or as part time activities. Those children who are part of such activates also will receive some income which they can make use of usefully.
  • 30. Small Home care
  • There are YaR centres that run many children homes which are small in size. Each home may have 12 to 20 members with a house mother.
  • 31. SSA Study centres
  • Serva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) is a Government project to educate children who are marginalized and out of school. YaR centres run units of SSA to educate the homeless children they rescue and reach out to.
  • 32. Counselling Centres
  • The children and the young served by the YaR centres are dealt with a counseling attitude. As many of them have issues within that affect them negatively they are provided professional counseling help through the counseling centres run by the YaR centres.
  • 33. Orientation Camps
  • Camp methodology is an effective method for rehabilitating children and the young from the dangerous situations that they live in. Children from the streets, from the railway plaffoms etc. are brought into orientation camps (4 day camps, one week, a month etc.). These camps often become turning points in the lives of many children.
  • 34. Holiday Camps
  • Holiday Camps are often conducted for children/the young who live in the children’s homes of YaR centres during the vacation time. Relaxation, learning, entertainment, picking up useful skills, orientation towards positive living etc. are part of such camps.
  • 35. Home Restoration
  • Restoring the children to their homes is the first priority of YaR Centres when they reach out to unaccompanied children. One's own home is the best place for children. When this is not possible other alternative forms of care are considered.
  • 36. Home Follow Up
  • To prevent the home restored children leaving their homes due to various reasons and to support them there YaR Centres have home follow up programmes organised for home restored children.
  • 37. Institutional Follow up
  • Children and the young who are placed in other institutions for special care and support other than centres of YaR are followed up by the YaR Centers.
  • 38. YaR Exposure
  • To transform the General society with a favorable attitude towards the less privileged young persons. The YaR centres receive interested citizens, members from organizations, students from educational institutions etc. to visit the YaR centres, to spend time with children and become aware of the work that is being carried out. They are invited to join hands with the efforts of the YaR centre for the young at risk through different ways.
  • 39. Volunteering
  • YaR Centres promote and accept persons to volunteer and participate in the services that are offered for the young at risk in the centres. Building a volunteer movement from among the young who are brought up by the YaR centre and also from the locality is an important objective of YaR centres.
  • 40. Peer Leadership
  • Child rights clubs, children’s parliament etc. are expressions of Peer Leadership. The adolescent children who are served and looked after in the YaR centres are given opportunities for Peer Leadership programmes. The members are trained in child rights, legal awareness, citizenship and are given opportunities to involve themselves in appropriate activities of the YaR Centre.
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  • 41. Homelink – Documentation Software
  • The YaR Forum has developed a documentation software called Homelink. It can be used to document every aspect of any organisation working for marginalised young people.
  • 42. Missing Child Search
  • Missing Child Search is a facility that has grown out of HomeLink documentation software which can be used for tracking, tracing and restoring missing children online in the country.
  • 43. Missing Child Bureau
  • Missing Child Bureau is a district model for creating data about unaccompanied and marginalized children and for tracking, tracing and restoring missing children online.
  • 44. Child Safety Net
  • Child Safety Net is a society empowerment programme on behalf of children especially the marginalized children. Awareness creation on child rights, care and protection of children are important aspect of child safety net. Together with awareness creation and several activities and programmes are carried out for the care and protection of children.
  • 45. Child Reception Home
  • YaR centres act as child reception homes of the state. As part of restoration of children they are received for care and protection before they are restored to their homes or to more appropriate locations.
  • 46. Child Rescue Ambulance service
  • YaR Centres have vehicles specially dedicated for rescuing children who are sick, injured and those who are in other abusive situations.
  • 47. Childline
  • YaR Centres run childline project of the central Government,(a telephone helpline programme for the children in distress) as collaborative agencies or nodal agencies. It is an effective tool for serving young at risk.
  • 48. Caring Community Units
  • YaR centres would like to serve the young at risk with the support of the society in which it is located. So persons in the society are motivated and organized into groups to network with the YaR centre services to serve the marginalized children in the society. Some of the Caring Community groups are auto rickshaw driver’s group, head load workers group, street vendor’s group etc.
  • 49. Homelink Network
  • There are over 80 partners in Homelink Network. One important activity of this network is tracking, tracing and restoring children. The partners work according to the requirements mentioned in the project. It has a node, hub, national office set up. Many YaR centres are part of this network.
  • 50. Advocacy Programmes
  • YaR centres take up activities to advocate for the care and protection of marginalized children- RTI, PIL, Signature campaigns, email campaigns, filing cases on behalf of children in the legal courts etc.
  • 51. Child Rights Campaigns
  • YaR centres run child rights campaigns in their cities, towns or localities- street theatre, posters, handbills, email, sms etc. to create awareness about child rights in the society and to protect the rights of children.
  • 52. Child Rights Centre
  • Library and other documents on child rights and connected themes, resource persons on child rights and other themes on children, legal aid training programmes, workshops, seminars etc. on child rights and other related themes are the some of the features one would find in the child rights centre.
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