Thursday 28 June 2012

Spiti Gold Solar Project 2012, a big success

26 young people complete the 2nd Gold Solar Project with Ecosphere in the high altitude region of Spiti

Gold Award Participants and Gold Holders from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and India-Welham Girls' School-Dehradun, Good Shepherd International School-Ooty, The Scindia School- Gwalior, Ansal Institute of Technology-Gurgaon, Open Awards Centre enjoyed the 2nd Solar Project in the cold desert of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh while building a Solar Passive Bath at the Kee Buddhist Monastery. 

We are happy to announce The 3rd Gold Solar Project for 2013, get set for more!

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Wednesday 13 June 2012

Jodhamal Public School opens the First Youth Engaging Society Centre (YES) in Jammu and Kashmir

Jodhamal Public School (JMPS) joins as a YES Centre and will provide key capacity building and training support in the region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) for the Promotion, Provision of The Award Programme in the northern frontier of India. With the belief that young people should be given an opportunity to explore and develop every facet of their being to realize their true potential, JMPS faculty and staff team are trained for excellence in all round development of young people.
The YES Centre became operational in the Jodhamal Public School premises on 30/05/2012 with a formal inaugural orientation session. The Chief Guest of the inaugural function was Dr. Chander Mohan Seth, the WWF (J&K) Chairperson. 

Special Appreciation to Mr. Trilok Singh Bist- Award Leader for the last one decade and now newly appointed Principal at JMPS for his support and passion for youth development through The International Award Programme.

Bronze Award participants from International School-Aamby Valley share their Chopta Tungnath Trek experiences

The IAYP adventurous journey on the Chopta Tungnath Trek, amongst the Himalayas, was a huge challenge and undertaking for the students who participated, but was well worth the hard work and persistence that was required. Students set off on a 3 day camping trip which saw them climb to 4000 meters and included lunch at India’s highest temple, as well as a swim and kayak in the famous Ganga River! 
- Reid Litster, YES Centre Manager
IAYP Student Comments
Jay Patel- “This was the best trip I have been to in my entire life! In a span of three days, I climbed to the highest temple in India, saw the best scenery and learned a lot of different things.”- Jay Patel
“The trip was great.  It was a fun challenging adventure.  The best part was the dip in the Ganga river.”- Naman Khanna
“We did a lot of things in 3 days! We hiked over 4000 meters, swam in the holy Ganga river, and we even watched a movie, played cards and charades.  It was one of the best trips of my life.”- Aditya Jain
“IAYP trip was awesome! It was one of my best trips.  There were a lot of adventures and I had a lot of fun. I learnt many new things and had an amazing time with my friends.  It was a great experience.  I was the youngest amongst us and still loved it! IAYP rocks!”- Akanksha Gupta
“The thought of reaching the top of the mountain and the feeling of being on top of the earth made me not give up.  I actually completed the trek! The overall experience was amazing, as sleeping in tents, having food by the campfire and playing charades, is not what I do every day.  Yes, climbing up the mountains turned out to be the most difficult part for me, but to complete this trek successfully was my goal and I achieved it.  We all worked as a team, in searching for our train or helping each other with our heavy bags.  I would not forget having Maggie noodles up on the mountains near our camp.  What made this trip even more fun was our supervisors and friends.  Mr. Reid and Ms. Christina, thank you for this wonderful trip!”- Laxmi Borude
“It was a great opportunity for us to find ourselves in nature.  After climbing the beautiful mountain in the Chopta trek, I realized how gorgeous nature is.  I liked the snowball flights, the trek and the dip in the Ganga river.  The trip was something to experience and share." - Naman Jain

Friday 1 June 2012

Welcome Shreya as Chennai Rep.

Sandeep Dutt - Founder & Mentor
Ishita Khanna - President
Juzer Shaikhally - Mumbai
Capt Rohit Saxena - Noida
Rajarshi Banerjee - Kolkata
Devanjali Dutt - New Delhi
Dinesh Gajendran - Vellore
Shreya Ghosh - Chennai
Chittaranjan Das - Hon. Secy.

We are happy to sign up City Reps. The GAHS is working for building youth leadership and for empowering young people. We network and do things that help us find ourselves.