|Lakhan is a Youth Fellow 2016-17|
YRC Youth Voice
My elder brother studies in class XII and serves drinks during sports matches at the stadium. My sister is in class VII and we play a lot.
Our financial condition is poor, and I'm under some pressure to earn. We have to pay Rs 5000/- for rent, so my mother asks me pitch in. I try contribute Rs 400/- every month, which I earn by home-delivering tiffin. I go to school and love to play football. I want to learn handicrafts and recycling of old products. I also want to contact a trainer and develop my football skills; my dream is to become a football player. I want to be able to offer financial and medical help to my parents.
I have been a member of YRC Youth Voice since I was 15. I used to see early marriage and child labour in our village, and I joined this group to help others to put a stop to this.
After coming to the group my temper has reduced. I have become more thoughtful now and do not fight like before. Earlier I did not care, I used to be violent with others, beat people up. Today I am more calm and composed. I also do my own housework now, I don't order my sister around to do my chores. I've become more supportive to my friends now. I can also influence my friends to change some of their habits.
These days I represent my group to attend the Youth Fellowship at TF. This is a leadership programme. The most useful sessions in the Fellowship were the lessons on Empathy and the Exploring My World activity book.
Our neighbourhood is active and lots keeps happening here. I feel people in my community are becoming less superstitious and more trustworthy. I want to initiate many actions for positive change in our neighbourhood with my group. I will always support my group members as they are very valuable to me.