Youth scenario

Youth scenario

Jaunpur is a tribal block in the vicinity of the tourist destination Mussoorie but geographically a part of Tehri district of Uttarakhand. The youth of the community ranging from 16 – 30 form nearly 50% of the population here like in many other regions in India. They range from school going adolescents to Inter passed students and unemployed youths working part time in the tourist industry or running small shops. Those in the nearby villages also engage in seasonal farming in addition and thus add on as an additional hand to their family.

Their social and cultural traditions, though still very much in practice, are showing apparent signs of weakening and erosion. The economy is shifting from being largely agriculture based to jobs, small shops and tourist dependent. The migration – from remote villages to the roadside and from roadside to the large cities – is on the rise. Modern urban life style is intruding in their housing, clothing, diet and entertainment practices. So, this community is undergoing tremendous change in imitation and pressure from the urban middle class. In the midst of all these changes the ever pertinent conflicts, concerns and questions of the youth of the community remain unexplored and unraised. These are mostly around Identity, livelihood options, career, academic support and guidance, issues of intimate interpersonal relationships, gender and reproductive health. Their needs are hardly understood neither by people around them nor by themselves. Further the quest for urbanized way of living and securing jobs is steadily penetrating into the young minds without any relevant guidance in the direction.

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