Launched in 2015, Yuva Nestham was developed under the overall umbrella of the Center for Sustainable Development within the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City, USA. The Earth Institute is working to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability by blending scientific research, education and practical solutions.


Yuva Nestham which is an initiative of The Earth Institute,Columbia University in USA started operations in Telangana State of India in 2015

The Yuva Nestham Youth Empowerment Program is a community-based initiative that works on the following.

Truancy Assessment Project (TAP):

  • TAP is a biometric approach to measuring student chronic absenteeism toward reducing school dropout
  • The program consists of a fingerprint scanner paired with a tablet running on a tracking software and uses students’ fingerprints to record daily attendance
  • Dedicated Education Extension Workers (EEWs) monitor data to identify students who are chronically absent (more than 3 days/month) for follow up
  •  EEWs then follow up by phone or conduct home visits wherein they interview family members about reasons for absence and brainstorm possible solutions.
  • Implemented in 10 schools and looking for expansion

Adolescent health counselling and education:

  • Operations include school-based one-on-one counselling and education about issues related to reproductive health and puberty
  • Trained Adolescent Health Assistants (Male&Female) who all have healthcare and/or counselling backgrounds.
  • Implemented in Govt High Schools once per week

 Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum:

  • Taught by volunteer teachers in Govt High schools once per week
  • The curriculum’s objective is to improve the self-esteem and positive life skills of school children at Intervention schools through capacity-building in the following areas:  self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, gender equality, and responsible decision-making skills.

 Income-Generating Activities:

  • School-based microenterprise initiative at 10 KGBV’s wherein 260 girls produce sanitary pads (2 schools) and earrings (8 schools)
  • Products are sold to the government and/or self-help groups.
  • Earrings are being sold in New York also
  • All profits go to KGBVs for the development of schools’ facilities.