International Youth Day was celebrated in Janvikas, Indore on 12th August, by the youth from the slums of Indore city. The theme of the International Youth Day 2016 was: "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production." Janvikas Society has initiated a new venture with the help of the Mission Office (Steyler Missionare), Austria to organize the youth in the slums of Indore city to enable them to empower the society. Four such Youth Clubs are formed in each slum to orient the youth (both boys and girls) and to assist them to become better, responsible citizens of the country.
Mr. Navneet Shukla, Chief Secretary, Indore Press Club was the Chief Guest of the function. The youth icon and the 'Best Hero' award winner of the year Mr. Ranjit Singh from Indore Traffic Police Department was the special guest who inspired the youth through experiences from his own life. He urged the youth never to loose self-respect and work hard to achieve goals. “Total dedication and commitment in whatever we do will bring about great success,” he said. He also mentioned about the importance of respect and love that one must show towards one's own parents.
Mr. Hemant Sharma, Secretary of Indore Press Club was the guest of honour. Fr. Jomon SVD, the Vice President of Janvikas, inspired youth to work hard to fulfil their dreams through enumerating examples of great leaders and champions in the world. Fr. Roy, Director of Janvikas, through a power point presentation explained about various activities of Janvikas carried out in different slums of Indore for women, children and youth.
The youth from different slums (300) participated in the 'Talent Show' (cultural program) exhibiting their hidden talents through dance, speech, skit etc. Some of the youth shared their experience of being part of youth club organized by Janvikas and how it had transformed their lives.
Fr. Roy Thomas SVD