January 19th, 2014 marked the Deshpande Foundation’s fourth annual Yuva Summit, where thousands of students and educators gathered to commemorate the LEADers on their projects and their accomplishments. With the theme "Catalyzing Change", Yuva Summit 2014 featured a variety of events to show just how LEAD is changing communities by catalyzing leadership development within the youth of India.
The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. To that purpose, the LEaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) Program of the Deshpande Foundation was born. LEAD develops innovative and entrepreneurial thinking within college students by exposing them to social issues, encouraging them to volunteer their time and effort into the community, and igniting their latent talent to come up with creative solutions. Through this unique platform provided by LEAD, students are gaining the skills and confidence needed to transform their visions into realities. Armed with guidance, exposure, networking opportunities, financial assistance, and encouragement from LEAD, students from throughout 75 colleges and 14 districts are unleashing their leadership potential to go on inspiring and improving those around them.
From January 7th to January 21st, 114 college students from throughout the country traveled across Karnataka, interacting with reputable way. As the LEAD Prayana tagline suggests, students became inspired in order to unleash their leadership potential through exposure to individuals and institutions that have innovated and implemented solutions to major challenges. Through this leadership journey on wheels, the LEAD Program aims to instill in youth the need to bring about change through effective leadership.
Throughout the 14-day journey, the Prayana students traveled 1,800 kms to interact with 12 role models throughout 9 locations.
On August 5th, 2013 over 400 students, principals, and faculty from throughout all of the LEAD regions assembled at the Deshpande Foundation in Hubli to celebrate the momentous LEAD6 Kickoff event. Ronnie Screwvala, Zarina Mehta Screwvala, Gururaj Deshpande, and Jaishree Deshpande appeared as Guests of Honor to further motivate the LEADers on their future initiatives.
From July 12th to July 21st, 2013, 65 college students from across different regions of Karnataka participated in the Deshpande Foundation’s LEAD Leadership Program. LEAD Leadership Program aims to help students become strong leaders through practical exposure to an array of subjects, site visits, and guest speaker sessions.
Rainwater harvesting is the conservation of rainwater to be reused for future needs. Nagaraj and people in his village of Karoor constructed a krishihonda to help harvest rainwater. 30 villagers benefitted from Nagaraj's project.