YuvaTalkies was the initiative, the first of its kind, taken by Yuvalay, launched in 2017 to learn life-skills.
Epics like Mahabharat and Ramayan are known to have gripped Indian communities the world over for generations. And so has Indian Cinema. One of the most interesting and fun-filled ways of learning is through cinema and television. Movies have a special place in the hearts of the youth today. And, most cinemas are based on real-life stories and experiences. The cinema conveys the most important learning of life in a fascinating manner, engulfing the youth with total immersion in their stories.
In this technology era and with complexities of life, it is extremely important that the youth today understands life at large and the challenges and dilemmas it presents. They must be enabled to focus on their right priorities, understand the significance of people and relationships, adhere to their values and principles, learn new skills and create a strong path to grow personally and professionally. They must build the right character and personality.
Yuvalay has initiated a learning series using Cinema, called ‘YuvaTalkies’. The facilitator chooses a movie with a specific set of learning outcomes, collects its short clippings comprising important aspects and presents the same to the audience of youth. These clippings are discussed amongst the participants under supervision. This way, the youth not only learns but also develops skills like personal SWOT analysis, communication, group discussions, teamwork, focusing, values and principles, people management and so on.
YuvaTalkies is the most preferred and the most enjoyable way of learning by the youth. Yuvalay organizes ‘YuvaTalkies’ frequently. All such training sessions are free of cost to the youth. Yuvalay has no commercial interest in its activities.
In this technology era, the reading habit of students has gone miserably down. With social networking tools like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Linkedin etc., students have stopped reading books. This has resulted in lack of knowledge, inability to develop a broader life perspective, very limited language skills and lack of articulation and expressions. These, in turn have impacted their communication adversely.
Keeping the above needs in mind, Yuvalay has launched YuvaReads – a series of presentations on rich content of the best seller books of the world. Apart from experts, students will be encouraged to read a book, develop a presentation on its content and deliver it to the audience of students along with learning outcomes of the book and how to practice its learning. The main purpose of YuvaReads is to encourage students to develop reading habit.
Special launch program was held on 22nd May with known Gujarati author-reader-speaker Jay Vasavada talking for 20 minutes followed by the first book review by a young trainer Dhavani Patel on Book: The Power of Self Discipline No Excuses!
In this technology era, ability to speak effectively to people - be it customers, friends, family members or a big gathering - has not lost its relevance. Being able to persuade, to convince, to influence, to build goodwill, to strengthen relationships or to make a lasting impression is the need of the hour today. Communication skill is an integral part of leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skill. Without these skills, an individual is not expected to achieve success.
YuvaSpeaks is an initiative to groom youth to master this skill of communication – be it a conversation or public speaking. Attributes of good speaking skill, like articulation, diction, intonations, positivity, respect, courtesy, and emotions are extremely important to learn. YuvaSpeaks is the platform being provided to the youth to practice and master this skill. Yuvalay passionately believes that YuvaSpeaks will contribute significantly to the youth in charting their journey towards success and glory.