GUWAHATI, Nov 24 - Two youths from Assam have been selected for the 2015 Youth Citizen Service (YCS) leadership programme. For this six-week global citizen service programme, 11 youngsters have been selected form different parts of the country.
Development Alternatives (DA) and VSO, an international development organisation, have launched this unique youth volunteering and empowerment programme.
YCS is an initiative aimed at providing an opportunity to youths between 22-29 years of age to actively work towards addressing development issues while they themselves build a deeper understanding of the dynamics of poverty and development.
The two Assam youths selected for this programme are Raktav Ranjan Kaushik and Zeina Mehal Islam. As part of this leadership programme, Raktav is staying in Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand region and working on the project of strengthening economic models for better livelihood. Zeina is spending her days in Sarmau village in Jhansi district and working on the literacy awareness programme.
A resident of Chandmari here, Zeina is currently pursuing her higher studies in International Relationships at �Institut Barcelona d�Estudis Internacionals�, Barcelona in Spain. The 23-year-old is also an alumnus of Christ College, Bengaluru. She believes that her keen interest to learn will help her understand society better. �I got the chance to visit many places and met people from various sections of society globally. But I had no previous chance to know my own country so closely,� Zeina said.
Twenty-six-year-old Raktav Ranjan is an alumnus of Gauhati University and an avid social worker of the State. An energetic member of a few social clubs in Assam, Raktav is a passionate filmmaker and also has done a course in filmmaking. �Films are easy ways of communicating with the masses. Through my films I always try to reach out to the maximum number of people. My films are based on social issues, which people need to understand and care for,� Raktav said. He believes that through this leadership programme he will learn to help his fellow citizens even with limited resources.