The first Yuva MiniCon was held on 25 th February in Bhubaneshwar and the event was an instant hit with more than 100 change-makers joining in to make it a dazzling blend of motivation, fun and enthusiasm. The energetic energy of the youngsters with their open minds was very inspiring.Yumi Bae, UNICEF, Odisha talked about how UNICEF considered itself fortunate to have this chance to interact with young change-makers. She also expressed her desire to work for children’s education and health issues. Vishal Dev, Commissioner cum secretary, W&CD Department, Odisha motivated the young gathering and expressed his desire to interact with them to make Bhubaneswar a more smart city and identify the main issues related with the youth.
Tanaya Patnaik a fun filled youth icon with her exuberant talk on volunteering spread radiance and fun in the evening. Mitu swain another change maker of Kandigaon shared his experiences on how he with the help of his friends worked to stop open defecation in there village.Chitra Arumugam conducted a very interesting activity which brought out an individual perspective towards volunteering. The evening was ushered in with stories of school going change-makers by Yashveer Singh, Director, Youth Venture, Ashoka that were instant hits with the gathering and sources of inspiration. Last but not the least Dr Shruti Mohapatra shared her success story with all, which was a very interesting experience.
Sabita patnaik thanked her on behalf of Bakul by rendering a poem written for her. The evening ended on a happy note with soulful music by young volunteers and refreshments.