LEADERSHIP / Advance Programme focusing on young people building Advocacy Campaigns for public sharing
I WONT IGNORE CAMPAIGN
June-September 2020, Mumbai
Community sensitisation towards victims of sexual abuse.
Film & Digital Campaign
Participants 4 teenage girls from Dharavi Mumbai
Community Partner SNEHA, Mumbai
Film expert & Mentor Huzefa Roowala
From the confines of their homes during the lockdown, four brave teenage girls from Dharavi, Mumbai came together with Red Balloon mentors to conceptualise and create an advocacy film to raise awareness about the need for sensitivity towards the victims of sexual abuse. Through the #IWONTIGNORE Campaign they ask society to stop ignoring the crime or the victim! It represents not just their fight for freedom & respect but also their drive to create a better life for many and send an important message to those who have asked any victim or bystander to ignore injustice.
The campaign has been gained significant momentum, visibility and public support. In the first week of it's launch, the campaign and film drew over 10,000 views.
BUILDING OUR FUTURE TOGETHER
August 2020, Online Interactive
Leadership & Self awareness
Participants 63 Sanskriti School Student Council Members
The participants explored self-awareness through self-reflection & creative questioning. They articulated their own personal vision and mission statements to understand what motivates them, what are their passions, life goals, values & leadership qualities. Through discussions, free brainstorming and systematic thinking led by RB facilitators, they created vision statements and identified areas of improvement for their school. Deep diving questions like 'Are the solutions sensitive towards all?', 'What is our motivation?', 'Who do we want to benefit?', helped them formulate creative ideas and solutions that could help achieve their mission for the progress of the school and its people.
AWARENESS / Mid level Programme for Knowledge, Creative Expression & Immediate Community Sharing
MOVING OUT TO GO WITHIN
January 2020, New Delhi
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Public Arts Installation
Collaboration Ashoka Centre for Wellbeing
Participants 9 Ashoka University students, Delhi
Mental Health Mentor Dr. Arvinder J Singh
Design Mentor Sumant Jayakrishnan
Outreach Partner STIR & India Art Fair 2020
Venue Partner Sanskriti Kendra
In a time where the lack of information coupled with the stigma around seeking help for mental health is the biggest barrier, this week long residential workshop brought together 9 young Ashokans from diverse cultures & backgrounds to mindfully connect and explore the importance of emotional expression and self-awareness. The workshop culminated into a dynamic arts installation conceptualised to share their creative expression & advocate the importance of mental health.
Moving out to go Within: A Case Study
I felt the installation was mine, it was a beautiful journey, a life changing one. Participant
HUM AZAD PANCHHI I BIRDS OF HAPPINESS July, September 2019, Mumbai
Sexual Abuse & Anti Trafficking
Interactive Chat Bot & Murals
Participants SNEHA Mumbai (Dharavi)
Arts Mentor Leena Kejriwal
Knowledge Partner Missing Link Trust
Support Facilitators Avantika Malhautra, Preeti Harkare
Rhythm of Life NGO
Two groups consisting 25 boys & girls (15-19 years) from Dharavi Mumbai participated in week long workshops. Through expressive arts sessions, storytelling, movement activities, sharing circles and informative presentations the participants were engaged in conversations about sexual violence, self awareness, personal vulnerabilities, ways of prevention and the psycho-social aspects of trafficking. Under mentor guidance, they created focused narratives, public engagement games and finally a project titled 'Hum Azaad Panchhi' and 'Birds of Happiness' consisting conceptual art murals and tech enabled interactive chat bots to be used for further public engagement.
I learnt how to express emotions through creativity and what are the different leadership qualities that we may explore in ourselves to be able to help victims of violence. Participant
Together with Red Balloon we are able to provide a platform for children to reflect, collaborate and get inspired to navigate increasing social risks that they face in their surroundings, especially that of sex trafficking. Preeti Harkare, Missing Link Trust
The workshop we did with Red Balloon was truly unique. Their program module gave us an amazing opportunity to create a much deeper conversation with the children from vulnerable areas of a city. Every day unfolded to more insights for us as well as the children. By the end the girls took centre stage and demonstrated a depth of awareness on the issue which even surprised us! True leaders in the making! This leadership program had tremendous potential! We hope to do more such with them!
Leena Kejriwal, Founder (Missing Link Trust)
BAPU DHAM MEIN BACHON KA KAMAAL
May 2019, New Delhi
Sanitation & Substance Abuse
Puppet & Theatre Performance
Participants Tarang Centre, Jonapur Delhi
Arts Mentor Dadi Pudumjee & Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust Team
Venue Partner STIR
Knowledge Partner WaterAid India
Supported by Vaish Associates Public Welfare Trust
30 young participants from Bapu Sambhav colony, Delhi participated in an intensive 9 day programme which helped them identify the problems in their community that they would like to address. The puppet performance by the children was presented to over 150 local residents of the Jonapur community. The group went onto participate in an inter-community sharing with NGO Rhythm of Life and presented the performance to over 3000 children at the Children's Day Annual Event at Nehru Park Delhi and for the students of Sardar Patel Vidya Niketan, Mandi.
We learnt how to make puppets, we had a lot of fun and play with games and activities and we learnt how to perform and act, speak dialogues etc. - Participant
I CARE / Beginner Programme for Self Expression & Self Awareness
MOVING BEYOND DIFFERENCES
June 2020, Online
Equality & Inclusion
Creative writing & Book Cover design
Participants Students of Sanskriti, Shiv Nadar & Modern School
Creative Mentor Illustrator Ayushi Rastogi & Writer Varud Gupta
Writer -illustrator duo, creators of graphic novel 'Chhotu' mentored 7 participants over 12 hours and helped them create their own narratives and visual representations on the topic of unity and inclusion. These were presented as audio-visual stories. (Synopsis shared in the above video)
EMOTIONAL HOTCH POTCH
November 2019, Sonepat
Stop Motion Animation Film
Participants Delhi Public School , Sonepat
Arts Mentor Shaaz Ahmed (Award winning animator)
20 young students participated in an experiential 2 day programme consisting activities like role play, experiential sharing and project making, that initiated focused conversations around Emotions, Empathy, Self Care and the importance of Emotional Intelligence. The workshop culminated into a stop motion film created by the students that illustrated 5 basic emotions.
It was a completely different experience at this workshop. Darsh Vatsa, Participant
OPEN THE DIALOGUE / Starter Programme to begin conversations and encourage engagement
HANDS ON MINDS ON
May June 2020, Online
Mental Health, Gender, Inclusion etc.
Participants Delhi Public School , Sonepat, Shri Ram Millenium School, Gurgaon
110 young participants (12-15 years) participated in 17 online sessions led by the Red Balloon team. The sessions brought to attention key social topics in a fun and interactive manner & encouraged children to engage meaningfully while self-reflecting along the way.
Some questions posed:
What are we grateful for? Why is gratitude good for us?
Do we ever ask ourselves - how are we feeling?
What according to you will make the world a better place for all?
It was lovely. Many things we take for granted in our daily lives, which we realise when we attend such workshops - Teacher , DPS Sonepat