The Journey of Young Leaders #YouthDay

Students of Jazbaat Foundation standing with Founder Arpita Chowdhury

I started my volunteering journey at the age of 18. While teaching few under-resourced students in an NGO, I realized the extent of the gap in the opportunities and adequate training that exists in society.

I have always been extremely fascinated and inspired by young leaders from the Indian subcontinent and the world over who have broken all the glass ceilings and have been successful in creating their mark in the society with their hard work and perseverance. Helping people and uplifting them to realise their actual potential has always been one of my dreams since a very young age.

The lack of resources and support for underprivileged students in our society compelled me to contribute my bit to the society. Hence, my journey began in 2019 when I started my own project to spread educational opportunities to all. This was and still is big a challenge for me and all the fellow young leaders who want to make this world a better place.

Being a student myself with limited resources and experience at my disposal, I was doubtful of my capabilities initially. However, I did not stop dreaming and continued working in the field of community service. 

From deciding the name, to formulating the goals, from recruiting volunteers to spreading the word about my project called #EducationForAll was indeed a mammoth task. Almost three years later when I look back, I feel proud of my nineteen year old self. Not to deny the immense support and guidance I received from my family and friends, without them I would not have been able to do this.

The worldwide pandemic forced a lot of students to drop out of their schools and colleges. I felt disheartened and was very eager to do something for the students who want to pursue their dreams. Under this campaign, we are working with more than 10 students who hail from Tribal families living in remote villages of India.

We have reached out to around 500+ people for raising resources like books and stationery materials, internet data etc. Today, when I see more than 30 young volunteers working for our project with diligence, I feel extremely proud and assured that young people have the courage, might and energy to make a difference. Despite many obligations and responbilities, they take out time to contribute towards a good cause.

The need of the hour is skill training and transformative education. With these, young students can create a greater impact in the field of social change and employability.

As a young founder, it was indeed difficult for me to make people believe about my intentions and the authenticity of my project. There were many who doubted our capabilities and refused to help us intially. However, I was determined to take this initiative forward. Through persistent efforts, hardwork and honest intentions, one can climb the toughest of mountains. After three years, our campaign has been recognised at various platforms and many young people have joined us in our journey to make quality education available to every student. 

Through all these experiences, I have realised that every young women has the potential to do big things and if given the right opportunities and platforms, all of us can bring a huge change in society. There will be many hurdles and obstacles. People might doubt you and dreams but one has to keep going. When we help uplift each other, that is when we make a difference. If we have a clear vision with a good intent every roadblock can be overcomed. Young people across society can be the beacon of change. All of us together can make this world a better place.

My message to all the young people out there is: one need not be in a certain position to help others – the smallest effort you make leads to a big change.


Arpita Chowdhury at the NAAC exhibition holding the Covid-19 Booklet
A volunteer teaching three students