In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

Harnessing the Potential of India's Youth

Rapid population growth is set to make India the world’s most populous country by 2025. With the country’s youth entering the workforce in growing numbers every year and frequently migrating to large urban centers to seek opportunity, India has the opportunity to reap a “demographic dividend” from its young population. Yet millions of young people come to cities from disadvantaged backgrounds with little to no prior education and lack the basic skills to obtain gainful employment. At the same time, the parallel expansion of India’s high-growth industries requires a skilled workforce – resulting in a fundamental imbalance in the labor market. Skills development holds the key to India’s ability to activate the vast potential of its youth population for inclusive growth and to evolve as the hub of the global economy.

The Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) works to address this systemic imbalance by providing unemployed young people with a comprehensive skills training that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to secure employment and succeed on the job. MAST not only meets the growing demands of the diversifying local industries across the country, it harnesses India’s youth population to become powerful engines of the economy.

Skills development holds the key to India’s ability to activate vast potential of its youth population for inclusive growth and to evolve as the hub of the global economy.

MAST begins with a labor market scan in each region, working closely with employers to develop the market-aligned training curricula that form the heart of the program’s skills training. Set over a period of three months, the training combines foundational, workforce readiness skills with industry-specific skills, ranging from retail, basic IT, healthcare to hospitality, creating multi-sector job opportunities for marginalized young people. Upon completion of the training, qualified candidates are placed into entry-level jobs, creating a path to financial independence. In addition to private employment partners such as Reliance and ICICI Bank, MAST is aligned with the framework of the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC).

MAST Reach: 124,673 Youth Trained. 92,945 Jobs Created. 221 Centers.

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