During a 15-day, 8,000-km train journey across India, youth:
- come to understand how enterprise can serve the needs of towns and villages
- interact with and receive mentorship from successful entrepreneurs around the country (covering 7 areas including edu, health, ag, energy, etc.)
- build skills through specialized workshops and collaborative projects
Many youth who participate are from middle-class background, and the organization has a history of offering scholarships to expand access to the program. — Bonus: Young women currently make up 40% of participating yatris, and efforts are under way to push towards 50/50.
After running the train journey for five years, the organization is now working to build and strengthen an "enterprise network"—a support system for young entrepreneurs—which in the longer term will come to have physical locations, serving as incubators.
Entrepreneurship isn't for everyone. And promoting entrepreneurship shouldn't be seen as the (only) way to solve youth unemployment. Some would argue growth in entrepreneurship is actually a symptom of systemic unemployment. Nevertheless, for those with the gutso to lean entrepreneurial, the likes of Jagriti Yatra are great examples of programs that support young people to define a purpose and connect them to the resources to fulfill it.