From The Beginning
ETASHA, short for Enabling and Training Adolescents for a Successful and Healthy Adulthood, is a Non-Government Organization established in January 2006 by Dr. Meenakshi Nayar. The Society was established to provide job-linked training and placement to youth from low-resource communities. Dr. Nayar’s inspiration to start ETASHA came from a career guidance workshop she conducted in a resettlement colony in Delhi, where she recognized the immense potential of these young people. However, she also saw the challenges they faced, including limited training opportunities and financial constraints, which prevented them from accessing organized-sector jobs.
Drawing on her experience in Human Resource Management in the corporate sector, Dr. Nayar understood the importance of soft skills in the job market, which these youth lacked. This led her to establish ETASHA with the purpose of bridging the gap between resource-poor youth and the organized sector, connecting them for mutual benefit.
Since its inception, ETASHA has expanded its focus from youth to working with adolescents, older women and since 2019 to focusing on the entire community. This is based on our experience and learning that sustained employment in the formal sector requires a major shift in the mind-set of the young person, which can only be sustained with support from parents as well as all other influencers in the community. So, the mind-set of the community needs to change and targeted interventions need to be undertaken for the purpose.
Over the years, we have also expanded our reach to several communities within Delhi as well as peri-urban and rural communities in Haryana. Today, our programs have reached over 100 villages in Haryana alone. Our programs and offerings have also multiplied. They include career guidance for adolescents, women entrepreneurship, digital literacy for men and women, job-linked placement programs for a range of jobs for youth, entrepreneurship opportunities to youth, as well as capacity building for other development sector organizations. All our programs focus on both technical and personal development skills, aiming to empower individuals to become self-sufficient to lead dignified, productive lives.
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