About the Program
PYLP is a program for young people to contribute towards Punjab’s development.
This 2-year long fellowship program brings together individuals who have shown exceptional leadership potential and provides them access to network, credibility and resources required to lead Punjab in the 21st century.
Role of a fellow
Leadership at PYLP
At PYLP, we define leadership as the ability to organise people and mobilise resources towards a cause you believe in. Over the course of the fellowship, a structured leadership program will enable the fellow to develop these competencies through intensive weekly and monthly sessions and real-life experiences on the ground.
Besides implementing the cluster transformation process, a fellow will also take up short-term projects to solve local issues. This will be another practice ground for the fellows to apply what they have learnt.
The beginning, middle and end of the two-year journey will also include a 2-4 week immersive in-classroom program, a 15-day road-trip in Punjab to various initiatives on the ground and personal interactions with various leaders who have contributed towards Punjab in different capacities.
Based on the work done since July 2018, we have identified several issues faced by schools, local government officials and teachers in Punjab. These issues vary from decreasing enrollment and depleting learning levels to lack of trust in government schools and missing community participation.
At PYLP, we believe that the solution to these problems is already available with the local stakeholders. Change can happen in a group learning process where participants who are equal stakeholders come together with the intention of learning and addressing the problems. As they identify and learn to solve their common challenges, they take responsibility for their actions and work together towards the collective vision.
Each PYLP Fellow will be placed within a cluster, which is a group of 10-15 schools. He/she will work with teachers, members of the community and local government officials. Structures and spaces will be enabled that allow for mutual learning and growth, improving feedback and accountability mechanisms and initiating projects on local issues.
To learn more about Cluster Transformation process you can refer to the handbook prepared by our partner Mantra Social Services.