Age: 23
Home Town: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Education: B.A. Research in International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi
Specific Field Interests: Human Rights Issues, Gender Inequality, Mental Health, Education, Sustainable Development.
Placement: Aim for the Awareness of Society (AAS), Indore
Area of Focus: Creating capacity-building modules and case studies for broader dissemination, which will encompass the project executed by AAs. This involves a thorough review of existing resources and integration of on-ground challenges and insights, facilitating training workshops or proposal development and reporting on the thematic area in which the she is actively engaged.

Fellowship Project: Education

Highlights: Arbeena Jan currently serves as an American India Foundation Banyan Impact Fellow, partnering with Aim for the Awareness of Society (AAS) in Indore. Her Fellowship project entails the design of capacity-building modules for training purposes, which will also be shared with external stakeholders focusing on child, adolescent, and women development. Arbeena will incorporate field case studies to enhance the visibility of AAs' work through social media channels. Originally hailing from Srinagar, Kashmir, Arbeena's journey started when she was awarded an academic scholarship from the Foundation during her sixth-grade education. This scholarship allowed her to attend Sahyadri School, a boarding school in Pune. Her deep-seated passion for politics and international affairs ultimately led her to pursue a B.A. in International Relations and Governance Studies. The concept of identity and the disparities it brings along have always intrigued Arbeena. Consequently, during her undergraduate years, she undertook a thesis project aiming to comprehend the nuanced identity of Kashmiri women and the unique challenges they face. Throughout her academic journey, Arbeena actively engaged in volunteer work. During her school summer breaks, she volunteered with the NGO Help Foundation in Srinagar, contributing to fieldwork verifications and school workshops. In 2018, she dedicated her time as a full-time volunteer with Friends of Camphill in Bengaluru, where she played a pivotal role in managing day-to-day operations and ensuring the organization's seamless functioning. Arbeena further enriched her experiences by interning with various organizations. She interned with Childline India, Srinagar, between 2017 and 2019, where she conducted orientation sessions on casework, counselling, and child rights. These sessions aimed to raise awareness among community members and school students, empowering them with knowledge and strategies for ensuring child protection. During her undergraduate years, Arbeena also interned with the Marketing and Admissions Department at Shiv Nadar University. In this role as a Student Coordinator, she provided valuable assistance to prospective students, addressing inquiries and doubts regarding the admission process, thus ensuring a smooth and informed experience. She also offered support and guidance to help students make well-informed decisions regarding their course selections and career pathways. In 2021, Arbeena interned with Grant Thornton Bharat, where she conducted research on organizations seeking funding from the EdelGive Foundation. Her responsibilities included evaluating these organizations' social impact and sustainability practices, as well as providing administrative support, organizing events, and delivering outstanding customer support. Her time with Grant Thornton showcased her organizational and multitasking abilities. During her leisure hours, she takes pleasure in immersing herself in books, savouring the beauty of nature during tranquil walks, and indulging in the soothing melodies of the music.

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