Rationale

Friends Union for Energising Lives (FUEL) stems from the understanding that the youth in India form one of the most vulnerable groups, who on the one hand are expected to be the leaders to determine the destiny of India, and on the other lack essential information and opportunities to succeed in life.

Youth in the age group of 15-29 years comprise 27.5% of the population. There exists  a  huge  potential  to increase  the  contribution  of  this  class  of  the  nations citizenry by increasing their labour force participation and their productivity.

FUEL is a non-profit organisation which has its origins in Pune, was initiated in 2006 and emerged from the idea of providing students with access to information and opportunities.

 

Target Group

  1. Urban youth of disadvantaged communities
  2. Rural youth

 

Challenges of youth education and employment

 According to the World Development Report 2013, 9% of males and 11% females aged between 15 to 24 years are unemployed.

  • Limited awareness among youth on admissions in schools, colleges, and specifically in professional courses.
  • Weak economic status prevents youth from utilising their potential
  • Severe urban – rural divide in terms of education and career opportunities
  • A high percentage of youth, after graduation at Bachelor’s level or at post-graduation levels in engineering, medicine,law, nursing, and other disciplines remain unemployed or are under-employed and under-paid. This is primarily due to lack of professional and employment driven training.
  • Youth are not encouraged to pursue careers in line with their vocational interests. They have to accept whatever job opportunity comes their way.FUEL enables Indian youth to pursue a career, which is in line with their aptitudes, interests and capabilities.

 

Mission – Every student with equal education and career opportunities 

Accomplishments and Recognition

Name Year  Awarding Organizations
Runner up for Big 50-K Social Business Plan Competition February 2009  TIE Hubli
National Finalist i2i 2010 2010 IIM Calcutta
Second Prize at International Social -Plan conference January 2010 Great Lakes of Institute of Management,Chennai
Runner up for TIE Biz buzz 2010 March 2010 TIE Kanpur
Ashoka Fellowship May 2013 Ashoka Foundation
Level 3 Investee 2011 Unltd India
Young Social Innovator January 2012 Action for India Forum
0IYP 2010 Oxfam Australia
Semi Finalist for Dell Social Competition May 2010 University of Texas ,Austin