What started as a small series of activities two years ago has grown into a month-long initiative aimed at empowering creative school kids. Balakalakaar, an annual activity conceptualised by youth organisation, AIESEC India, will feature a series of workshops in art, music, theatre and dance spread over a month at BMC-run schools in the city, starting November 18.
“This time, we are targeting around 15 to 20 schools and more than 3,000 children. It is our effort to provide a platform for under-privileged kids to showcase their talent,” says Nikita Singh, president, AIESEC India.
The interactive sessions will be conducted by professionals from respective fields, who will also scout for exceptional talent among kids in the age group of 8 to 14. The selected students will get an opportunity to perform at the finale event on December 10. They will also receive scholarships in vocational training.
“The winners can choose from a variety of vocational training options — from learning IT to carpentry. Since we are looking at a long-term impact of Balakalakaar, such scholarships will make it possible for these kids to pursue their passion even after the month-long events are over,” explains Singh.
Balakalakar also invites the youth to volunteer for the series of activities. “We have been reaching out to youngsters in colleges and are happy to have a number of students come forward and help us in our initiative. Many are also supporting the cause on social networking websites,” says Singh.
AIESEC has parterned with 10 NGOs and many city colleges for the month-long series of events.To volunteer for Balakalakar, call 9820735034 or sign up online at www.balakalakaar/aiesecmumbai.org