One of the first initiatives of headstreams was working on livelihood development and employment training for youth in the market places of  Bangalore. This gave us a deeper insight into the issues faced by them in their everyday lives. Our intervention was an outcome of our reflections on the gap between need and available services. We realised that there were several vocational training initiatives by the Government and NGOs which were largely under-utilised. The focus of our first year was on reaching out to the school-dropouts and the under-employed youth and women in Shivajinagar and City Market. We conducted group activities and training programs for such youth in an attempt to help them analyse their situation and to motivate them to make use of the available facilities for better prospects. Later, the program was extended to include the slums of Bangalore. A total of 133 participants from over 10 locations in Bangalore were covered through these trainings. Vinod, a 21 year old youth, is one among them. He says:

“I was compelled to leave my education after the tenth standard as I had to contribute financially to my family. But I could not find any suitable job openings. Soon after the aalamba training, I found employment in a nearby private company. This instilled confidence in me. I continued visiting the aalamba training centre, put in extra time and improved my computer skills. I soon found a better paying job as a computer operator. With motivation from the aalamba team, I enrolled in an evening college. I never thought I would ever sit in a class again. By listening to the sessions conducted by the (aalamba) facilitators and through personal interactions with them, I regained the confidence to try and complete my studies. It also feels good that I am able to do it all by myself without waiting for anybody else’s support.”
Our experience of working with the youth opened our eyes to certain realities:

• the existing training courses tried to fit the youth into the opportunities found in the  market, often disregarding their interests, aptitude and skills
• the interventions were aimed at the youth, who were seen as the ‘challenge’ and very little attention was paid to the environment in which the youth lived or in which they were ‘placed’ for employment after the training
• interventions were largely individual-based and aimed at preparing them to face the job-market, with hardly any support system in terms of peer-group, or continued support from the intervening agency



It is a unique 2-year full-time youth learning program where you will receive

  • Opportunity to learn skills in computers, business, design and handicrafts through on-the job training
  • Part-time work opportunity so that you can study and earn

Roopantara offers coaching for the following academic subjects as per the NIOS syllabus

  •  English
  •  Computers
  •  Psychology
  •  Home Science
  •  Mass Communication
  •  Environmental Science
  • Skill development and on-the-job training in computers, business, design and handicrafts

Application & selection process

  • Collect the free application form from the helpdesk/ download it from our website/ collect it from headstreams office, Indiranagar
  • Fill up the form in English or Kannada and submit it at the headstreams office, Indiranagar between Wednesday, May 14, 2014 and Saturday, May 17, 2014 (10.00 am – 3.00 pm)
  • Entrance test will be conducted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11 am
  • Names of short-listed candidates will be announced on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12 noon. The list will be put up on the headstreams website and office
  • Personal interviews will be conducted for the short-listed candidates on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
  • Final list of selected candidates will be announced on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12 noon. The list will be put up on the headstreams website and office
  • Selected candidates will have to confirm their participation and bring original documents for verification on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10 am
  • The program begins on Monday, June 16, 2014


Download the Application form below

Roopantara Kan Web Form_2014-15(Kannada)

Roopantara Eng Web Form_2014-15 (English)



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