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School students set to present social projects at UN

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

For the first time, a group of Indian students who have worked on grassroot-level social projects for creating jobs will present their proposals to international diplomats and policy-makers from around the world at the

The programme is part of the Future Leaders initiative of 1M1B, an Indian not-for-profit organisation which seeks to train over the years one million young entrepreneurs for creating jobs for one billion people.

After a six-month-long curriculum and fellowship programme, selected 10 students from who will be present at the Headquarters in on March 19.

The top three students among them will make a presentation on their respective projects before a gathering of diplomats and representatives of the media, foundations and others.

"The 17 goals of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require people, especially young people, to drive action towards their fulfilment by the year 2030," said Manav Subodh, of "So today, more than any other time, the UN requires ambassadorship and action by young people towards the UN SDGs," Subodh said.

He said the Future Leaders programme of 1M1B, a job-creation and income enhancement initiative aligned to the UN SDG, seeks to give a global stage to future influencers.

Under the fellowship programme, promising students are identified, felicitated and given access to high impact development projects.

One of the selected projects, 'The Project Fresh Start (TPFS), by (14) of The International School Bangalore, seeks to empower incarcerated women, socially and financially, help them stay out of prison, and become productive community members.

Ten women inmates of the are being trained in the art of making Tanjore paintings by a

Nambiar plans to auction off these paintings through a charity event later and forward the proceeds to the women.

Another selected project, Divyang, an initiative by Sanjana Tarigopula (14), addresses the lack of awareness on autism and hopes to provide support for caregivers, friends and family of patients.

She created an app that not only provides access to autism-related research to create awareness within support groups, but also showcases the varied talents of people who suffer from autism.

The programme started in August 2017 in partnership with The (TISB).

Selected candidates were called for a panel interview following which the fellows were chosen.

The Future Influencers programme will be formally announced at the UN on March 19.

After the first cohort from India, the programme will open up for participants from other schools and countries, including the US, and

Over 100 Future Influencers are expected to participate at the grand finale of the event in October 2018 at the in

1M1B focuses on youth and women from ages 18-25 in the most underserved parts of the world.

The initiative builds conscious enterprises and undertakes income enhancement initiatives for underprivileged communities by engaging urban leaders and startups.

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First Published: Sun, February 18 2018. 13:35 IST