Journey with ‘Teach For India’

“We make a living by what we get. But, we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill.

I have always believed in giving back to the society in one way or the other. Children welfare and education is a cause which is very close to my heart. I’ve taught to children in different classes with different NGOs in the past. By doing so, I realized how much there is still required in this field.

With Teach For India (TFI), I thought to put my public relation skills to use and help in the cause of child education. The vision of TFI is to educate every single child in India. I totally gave in for this cause, because I too believed in it and wanted to make it happen.

I applied for the post of “Campaign Lead 2016” with TFI and took it upon myself to create awareness about TFI’s fellowship. Within Infosys (the 2nd largest MNC in India) Pune Development Center (which has 40,000 employees),  where I worked fulltime, I organized multiple awareness sessions and invited TFI members and fellows to talk about the crisis and requirements for child education in India. The stats were shocking. Some people showed interest in the program. I followed up with them and persuaded them to apply for the fellowship program.

Using my networking skills, I also planned multiple information booth setups for TFI in the campus to spread awareness about the cause and program at large. The digital campaign for TFI on the Infosys Pune campus was a big hit. During my term as the Campaign Lead for TFI, the applications surged by 33%.

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I also organized a student field visit to Infosys Limited where the children of standard 9th and 10th got to see Infosys from the inside. There were career sessions held by Technology Leads with more than 7 years of experience in the IT industry to help guide the children in case they have any concerns. It was heartwarming to see the children return to their homes with motivation and aspiration in their eyes.

For an exemplary performance as a Campaign Lead, I received the Campaign Lead of the year from TFI for the year 2016.

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