YTTS informally started in 1980 by Late Vineet Khanna (1955-2001) was registered in 1986. He started providing hands-on technical training to unskilled, unemployed youth and opened up job opportunities for them. By Nineties the focus shifted from Youth to Children who accompanied the migrants after peace in Punjab after militancy. The ‘Pustak’ program has been very successful in guiding the slum, working and street children & preparing them for schools. Slowly we started working with other members of their families. In 1991 YTTS was selected to run the Street Children Program. 1998 CASA agreed to support a Child & Women Empowerment program of ours in H.P. 1999 saw the CRS agree to channelise its Nutrition program in 1999, through us for the children and people needing special health care and not covered by our other programs.
After Vineet’s demise in 2001, Mr Vaishnav assumed Presidency of YTTS in early 2002. He converted this private NGO into a public one inducting nearly a 100 members from all professions. He brought in transparency into the organisation, and his induction of volunteers at the youth level from both within the country and abroad won us friends internationally. He upgraded the facilities and infrastructure in all the centres. By agreeing to be the Support organisation of Childline 1098, an emergency tele-helpline for children in distress, in Aug. 2003, YTTS became a part of this very important network with serves over 70 cities of the country. In 2006, YTTS along with 12 other organisations floated an organisation called ‘Mountain Forum Himalayas’, which focuses on the problems of the people living in Mountains and how to solve their problems. Also In 2006, YTTS was allotted the prestigious Working Children’s project by the Ministry of Women and Child Development which has given a new life to our recently started Project Shramik. With the sad demise of Sh PH Vaishnav, the reigns passed on to Sh KR Lakhanpal, his chosen successor who like himself earlier headed the Civil Service in Punjab.
We have been awarded a targeted intervention program for High Risk Groups (Female & Male Sex Workers) by Punjab State AIDS Control Society and we work with over 500 persons who are high risk HIV in the area of Zirakpur. Through persistent efforts, the CHILDLINE Collab organization was transferred to YTTS in mid 2012. The change is quite perceptible for the Tri City. Six years later our hard work proved so good that from Jan 2018 we have been allotted Childline Collab in Mohali and a Child Help Desk at Chandigarh Railway station.
Late Mr. Vineet Khanna (1954-2001) Late Vineet Khanna's life is a 'Profile in Courage'. He devoted his life to the service of the underprivileged and downtrodden of society. It is interesting to note that Vineet spent a large part of his life bedridden because of a misdiagnosis after an accident that left his spine immobile. He responded to his problem by quickly arranging the furniture and his lifeline; his books, typewriter and files, within easy reach of his arms to suit his new parameters. Soon after his graduation with a degree in Sociology in 1974 (which he attended on a stretcher), Vineet's father died. His mother had to work to support the family while Vineet became a freelance writer for mainstream publications to help support the family. After meeting Mother Theresa's nuns, he began helping them and visited many slums. As he became more involved, the program leaders became increasingly impressed with Vineet and the local Bishop invited him to discuss a program for school dropouts and unskilled youth. This discussion was the inspiration for the Society he formed in 1980. Vineet's thoughts still exist in the form of his work in some of the largest slums in Chandigarh. He had also extended his concern for the unemployed by launching several programs for the youths' families, peer groups, neighbors and children, as these were the social groups that comprised the youth's immediate environment. His hopes to effect a qualitative change in their lifestyle led him to initiate programs like VAMA (a training and income-generation program for women) and Pustak (a non-formal school for slum children). For his Commendable work in the area of social service, he was awarded the ASHOKA FELLOWSHIP AWARD (1995) and 9TH RED & WHITE BRAVERY AWARD (1999). The Government of India posthumously decorated him with The NATIONAL AWARD for CHILD WELFARE for the year 2002.
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