Visakhapatnam

On a mission for positive change

Team members of India Youth for Society in Visakhapatnam in a celebration mode on Sunday.— PHOTO: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM  

Exactly four years ago, India Youth for Society (IYFS) was just a two-member team. Today, it has about 20 volunteers lending support and contributing to various campaigns across the city that aim at bringing about positive change in society.

Marking the association’s fourth anniversary on Sunday, those who have come from diverse backgrounds spoke on what it means to be associated with the group, challenges faced and lessons learnt.

Besides initiating several awareness drives that focused on water, power and environmental issues, the society has taken up six long-term campaigns such as ‘P4’ (anti-plastic), ‘Beat’ (beach environmental awareness talk), water campaign, ‘Smart’ (road safety awareness), ‘Swap’ (solid waste management) and ‘H2O’ (rainwater harvesting).

“Addressing a plethora of social issues helps us understand the magnitude of each problem better, chart out an action plan and shoulder responsibilities,” explains P. Madhu, president of the society.

While some of the volunteers are students, a few teachers and bank employees formed part of the group. “The kind of exposure that we got over the last four years is incomparable. Coordinating with people for various programmes helped me get rid of stage fear, groom my interpersonal skills and change my outlook towards life,” says S. Anand, a member of IYFS.

The forum encouraged the members to tap their potential and nurture their interests. “Other than teamwork and time management skills, the platform made us understand the importance of exchanging ideas. As a team, it is very essential to consider others’ views before arriving at a conclusion,” says M. Jagadish, secretary of IYFS. This apart, bringing several social issues to the notice of the officials concerned and involving them to take necessary steps appeared to be an onerous task for Y. Appala Reddy of the society. “Dealing with different people and getting your message across calls for patience which one can only gain over a certain period of time,” he adds.

New campaign

The 20-member team is all set to step up efforts to contribute to society through a new campaign called ‘Message’ (Making each school aware of good environment) in a couple of weeks.



Addressing a plethora of social issues helps us understand the magnitude of each problem better, chart out an action plan and shoulder responsibilities

P. Madhu

President of IYFS




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