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YES FOUNDATION wins the prestigious 2016-17 Peer Award for Excellence, UK

YES FOUNDATION was announced as the Overall Winner of 2016-17 Peer Awards for Excellence, UK at a grand Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the world-famous Fortnum & Mason store in Central London.

The Foundation received this significant recognition for its flagship program, YES! i am the CHANGE, the World’s Largest Social Film Movement, which is a mind-set transformation program inculcating the value of responsible citizenship amongst youth through the impactful medium of films.

YES! i am the CHANGE was shortlisted as the Overall Winner after being through a rigorous selection process with initiatives across the globe battling for the esteemed recognition. YES! i am the CHANGE was unanimously selected as the winner for its innovation, scale and social impact. The jury highly appreciated the innovative use of media and the inclusive nature of the program.

Besides being the Overall Winner of 2016-17 Peer Award for Excellence, YES FOUNDATION was also a winner in each of the judging categories at The Peer Awards: Impact, Innovation and Inspiration.

In 2016, YES! i am the CHANGE engaged with over 13 lakh individuals from 2,500 cities and towns across India and received a record-breaking 29,500 social films for the free use of NGOs.
 
 
YES! i am the CHANGE 2016 - Popular Choice Awards

The Popular Choice Awards campaign provides YES! i am the CHANGE (YIAC) participants an opportunity to spread mass social awareness through their YIAC films. The strong social message in these films transforms mindsets and inspires social action.

Highlights:
  The top entries of YIAC 101-Hour Social Filmmaking Challenge 2016 compete for the coveted YES! i am the CHANGE Popular Choice Awards
  Top 3 films with maximum ‘likes’ on the official YES FOUNDATION YouTube channel win cash prizes worth INR 1 LAKH each
  Likes captured only on the YES FOUNDATION YouTube channel (links have been shared with the participants) will be counted as valid
  Voting begins: March 21, 2017 | 12 p.m.
Voting ends on: April 6, 2017 |6 p.m.

To view the films, CLICK HERE

YIAC participants can CLICK HERE for some useful tips to promote their film
 
 
YES! i am the CHANGE Social Film Festival

YES FOUNDATION celebrated the top films of YES! i am the CHANGE 101- Hour Social Filmmaking Challenge at the Social Film Festival on February 11 and 12, 2017 at Indian School of Design and Innovation, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

The two-day Festival was inaugurated by Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, President, Global Research Alliance and Chairperson, India’s National Innovation Foundation. The Festival showcased top YIAC films interspersed with interactive sessions with eminent individuals.

 
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar speaks at the inaugural session of the 2-day Social Film Festival

The Festival included interactive sessions from eminent personalities such as:

  Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, President, Global Research Alliance and Chairperson, India’s National Innovation Foundation
  Shyam Benegal, Celebrated Film Director and screenwriter
  Anshu Gupta, Magsaysay Award Winner and Founder, Goonj
  Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Ad-Filmmaker and Film Conservationist
  Santosh Padhi, Founder, Taproot Dentsu
  Tracy Dsouza, Channel Head, Girliyapa and Talent Head, The Viral Fever (TVF)

Some key quotes from the speakers:

“Innovation is about thinking differently to make a difference. A successful innovation has speed, scale and sustainability. We can't afford to have aspiration, trust & compassion deficit in India. I am a dangerous optimist. I want us to create Microsoft & Google here in India. I congratulate Rana Kapoor & YES BANK for creating positive change & combining it with innovation.” – Dr. R. A. Mashelkar

"Filmmakers must see themselves as catalysts for change. Ultimately it is your own ability to create a communication link between you and the society." - Shyam Benegal

"Cinema is beyond what you see on screen. Film has a language you must understand, be it social or any other.” – Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

"Social problems can only be solved when we work for it. We must see the issues around us with the glasses of reality. Our lenses should change. We have to be the lenses of people we work for in the social sector. We must involve people in decision making for social development. Till we don't start working at the source of social issues, it won't change.”- Anshu Gupta

"As they say, content is king. You can give social messages with humour too. You can create characters through your content (in social films), that can change mindsets." - Tracy Dsouza
 
 
YES! i am the CHANGE Awards 2016

YES FOUNDATION celebrated the incredible passion of youth Changemakers at the YES! i am the CHANGE Awards on February 9, 2017 at Nehru Centre Auditorium, Worli, Mumbai

Chief Guests, Shaina NC, National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party, Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman and Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather India and G.M. Rao, Founder Chairman, GMR Group felicitated top films across 4 categories – Student, NGO, Corporate and Open.
 
Felicitation of YES! i am the CHANGE awardees
 
L-R: S.L. Kapur, Co-Chairman, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; Shaina NC, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party; Bindu Rana Kapoor, Member, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; G.M. Rao, Founder Chairman, GMR Group; Namita Vikas, Member, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION; Piyush Pandey, Co-Executive Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather; Santosh Padhi, Co-Founder, Taproot-Dentsu; Zahabiya Khorakiwala, Managing Director, Wockhardt Hospitals; Prerana Langa, CEO, YES FOUNDATION

The top YES! i am the CHANGE films were selected by a 19-member eminent jury, including Shabana Azmi, Actor, Piyush Pandey, Ad-guru, Ashu Suyash, MD & CEO, CRISIL, Rebecca Tavares, UN Women’s Representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Onir, Filmmaker, Alan Gemmell, Director, British Council India, Zahabiya Khorakiwala, Managing Director, Wockhardt Hospitals, amongst others.

Three filmmakers who harnessed their film to create a significant social difference were felicitated with the YES FOUNDATION Changemaker Award. A new category, the Everyday Hero Award, to recognise exceptional community service was awarded to three unsung heroes from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
 
 
YES FOUNDATION and BSE Sammaan jointly conduct workshop on Effective Development Communication & CSR Implementation for NGO and CSR professionals
YES FOUNDATION, the social development arm of YES BANK, and BSE Sammaan jointly conducted a workshop on Effective Development Communication & CSR Implementation, in association with ShaktiShi and Sattva on 17th January, 2017.

The workshop was attended by over 200 NGO and CSR professionals and was divided into multiple engaging sessions such as Storytelling to amplify Social Impact and Planning and Implementing Effective CSR.

The workshop also included a panel discussion on NGO-Corporate Partnerships: Addressing gaps to maximise inclusive development. Expert panellists included Ms. Namita Vikas, Member, Governing Council, YES FOUNDATION and Group President & Managing Director, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES BANK, Ms. Mrinalini Kher, Co-Founder Yuva Parivartan, Honorary Secretary and Trustee, Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, Ms. Sujata Khandekar, Co-Founder and Director, CORO, Mr. Deepak Arora, CEO, Essar Foundation, Mr. Vivek Talwar, Chief Culture Officer, Organisation Excellence & Transformation, TATA Power, Ms. Mayuri Mishra, CEO, ShaktiShi and Mr. Rathish Balakrishnan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Sattva.

YES FOUNDATION and BSE Sammaan signed a joint charter which aims to bring innovation and excellence to the development sector, amplify social impact of NGOs and catalyse India’s social transformation.
 
 
Second edition of YES FOUNDATION Media for Social Change Fellowship launched

YES FOUNDATION, the social development arm of YES BANK, launched the second edition of the Media for Social Change Fellowship on 12th January 2017

The second edition of the Fellowship was unvieled by Chief Guest Mr. Gururaj Deshpande, Co-Chair, Barack Obama’s National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategy & Founder, Deshpande Foundation, Ms. Namita Vikas, Member, Governing Council,
YES FOUNDATION
and Group President & Managing Director, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES BANK, Mr. Naveen Jha, CEO, Deshpande Foundation and Ms. Prerana Langa, CEO, YES FOUNDATION.

The YES FOUNDATION Media for Social Change Fellowship is a high impact program to develop socially conscious youth leadership in association with ISDI|WPP School of Communication and supported by YES BANK. In its inaugural edition, the 2-month Fellowship saw 45 high potential youth across India leading communication projects at 19 NGOs across Mumbai to maximise their social impact.

The second edition of the Fellowship will have 200 Fellows placed with 50 leading NGOs across Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.

To apply for YES FOUNDATION Media for Social Change Fellowship 2017, CLICK HERE.