We do interactive workshops with role plays and group discussion to empower adolescents to deal with these issues. Skills can be developed only by these methods.
AACCI was established in 2007 and has been working for school and college students for Holistic well being through teacher and parents.
Right from the beginning we had informally involved youth as peer educators as it has been well established that young people are more likely to listen to and make an effort to change health behaviour if the messages are delivered by their peers – as they will identify with them- the messenger is similar to them and faces the same concerns and pressure.
The peer educators also benefit immensely as it motivates them to make the changes for positive health behaviour themselves and also fosters leadership abilities in them , building up their personality.
From 2015 we decided to establish a formal structure by starting an AACCI Youth wing in Pune .This is headed by Dr Shailaja Mane AACCI Pune Co-ordinator. The youth wing leader is Sourabh Mane who is an engineering student from MIT Pune. Most members are medical students from Dr D. Y. Patil Medical College Pune and children of the core faculty of AACCI.
We have planned a master trainer program for peer educator training in Life style education and awareness for NCD in school programs .we have 85 medical students from Dr DY Patil Medical college Pune Pimpri and 80 Engineering students from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering for Women.
Participation in and international Workshop with French Adolescent society in Paris in 2017 and participation in a preconference workshop at the 11th World congress of IAAH (International Association of Adolescent Health) held in Delhi in October 2017
Active involvement as facilitators in AACCI LSE master trainer workshop conducted for all the faculty of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering for Women in June 2018 and at Dr. DY Patil Medical College Pune Pimpri in September 2017.
Active involvement in NCD awareness workshops conducted in various schools in Pimpri in collaboration with Dept of Pediatrics Dr D.Y. Patil medical College Pune 2016-17
Author, 11th Grade Science Student
Aarya Patel, 11th Grade Science student is the author of thriller novel, "Murder at Mascor" which was published in 2020 when she was just 13, Second one is coming soon. She loves playing Football and is actively involved in bringing awareness about adolescent mental health by joining and working with AACCI (Association of Adolescent and Child Care in India). She loves music as well which helps her in dealing with the testing situations.
AACCI, Pune organized a PEER EDUCATOR WORKSHOP ON LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH at KUTUHAL, organized by Vidnyan Bharti. The PEER EDUCATOR WORKSHOP was a plenary event of Kutuhal and an AACCI certificate course spanning over 2 days and 4 sessions. The primary audience of this event were a total of sixty four students of class 8th and 9th.
The AACCI Youth Wing played a key part in multiple sessions and were instrumental in making the program a great success. Sourabh Mane, Isha Tambolkar, Ninad Halgekar and Anjali Gaikwad from AACCI Youth Wing participated in this event.
One of the workstation activities named “Cultivating a Hobby” was facilitated by Sourabh Mane and Ninad Halgekar on the first day of the workshop. Later, sessions on the topics “Tobacco Prevention”, “Alcohol Addiction” and “Social Media Addiction and Cyber Safety” were conducted by Ninad Halgekar, Isha Tambolkar and Sourabh Mane respectively.
In conjunction with the above sessions, a poster making activity for the mentioned topics was held. Young students did an amazing job at making engaging posters in the limited time they were allotted.
On the second day Anjali Gaikwad and Isha Tambolkar brought sessions to life by playing their part in various = role play. Role plays on topics such as “Self awareness”, “Communication skills” and “How To Say No!” were held during multiple segments. All of the role plays were on critical issues pertaining to Usage of Life skills and the Youth Wing performed very well.
All the Youth Wing activities were observed and guided by Dr. Swati Bhave, Dr Shailaja Mane and Dr Sampada Tambolkar. Sessions organised under the Youth Wing were lauded and loved by all the adolescent participants.
A regional consultation on Adolescent health was organized on 18-19th March 2019 at New Delhi. This was the sixth regional meeting after five others which had been organized in different parts of the country. The meeting was organized by Population foundation of India (PFI) and The YP Foundation (TYPF) and involved different stakeholders who are working towards adolescent health in the country like government officials, health care service providers, counsellors, frontline workers, non-government organizations and youth representatives from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Association of adolescent and child care in India (AACCI) was represented by Dr. Aashima from Delhi and Dr. Manu from Chandigarh.
AACCI youth wing participated in second regional adolescent and youth health conference held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Two papers were presented 1)) Dr. Arjun Morishetty AACCI youth Wing and 2) Dr. Sahiti Avula AACCI Youth Wing For Detailed list of papers – please see research paper sectionRead Research
AACCI Youth wing in association with Department of Pediatrics Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Pune had organised a session on “Understanding Adolescents in Digital World”. Dr. Shailaja Mane, AACCI Coordinator, Pune coordinated the preparation with the students. Intern - Dr.Nikita Galani AACCI youth leader and an intern from actively contributed in guiding the students to organise various sessions like a skits debated, poem etc on digital media. Miss Sehjar an intern did comparing of the program Master Sourabh Mane, youth leader of AACCI youth wing attended this session.
Dr. Sharad Agarkhedkar, Advisor AACCI and HOD Dept. of Pediatrics had graced the occasion. Brig.Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Medical Director and Dr. J S Bhawalkar, Dean Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Pune graced the occasion, shared their views about the digital world and appreciated students work.
On 9th September, Dr. Avula Sahiti Reddy, a member of AACCI Youth Wing presented an oral paper - "Study of pattern of food habits & physical activity in school going adolescents of urban Pune in western India - A Pilot study. She received 3rd Prize for oral paper presentation.
Dr. Sahiti is a post graduate student in Dept.of Pediatrics of Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Pimpri, and Pune
AACCI had organised a hands on training of trainer's session during the Life Skills Education workshop. This session was moderated by Dr. Swati Bhave and the participants were members of the AACCI youth wing who have been trained as Peer educators in AACCI LSE module. The peer educators were - Sourabh Mane ,leader of AACCI youth wing who is a student of MIT College of Engineering , Dr.Nikita Galani and Dr.Shejar – interns and l Dr. Arjun and Dr.Bharat Reddy postgraduate students of Dept.of Pediatrics, Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Pune. They demonstrated through role plays and group discussions various life skills.
A preconference IAAH skill building youth workshop was organised by the French adolescent society in partner ship with AACCI "Teen Go - How to Build an Effective Partnership between Young People and Professionals in Training Programmes"
This was an an innovative workshop lead by Dr. Mariana Marine and team from Paris, France. Indo -French team of Young People was guided by professionals from France and India.
Dr.Swati Bhave Executive Director AACCI and ,Dr.Paula Goel AACCI Mumbai Co-ordinator Dr.Latika Bhalla, AACCI Delhi Co-ordinator Dr.Sunita Manchanda Jt Co-ordinator Delhi Dr.Sampada Tambolkar and Dr.Vidya Gaikwad core faculty from AACCI Pune Dr.Swati Bhave and Dr. Paula Goel actively participated in the role plays of counselling in adolescents.
This workshop was a innovative way of learning from young people for professionals. All attendess appreciated this workshop.
French Society of Adolescent Health organized a "Skills Building Workshop " by International Association of Adolescent Health(IAAH) - "Teen healthy - Go! How to build an effective partnership between young people and professionals in training programs". The first part of the workshop was held at Mandres les Roses, Paris-France . It is the precursor tothe skill building workshop to be held at Delhi on 26th October 2017 as Pre congress event for the 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health by IAAH to be held in New Delhi 27to 30 October 2017.
French Society of Adolescent Health organized a "Skills Building Workshop,"workshop in Paris which is the precursor to the IAAH skill building workshop to be held at Delhi on 26th October 2017 as Pre congress event for the IAAH world Congress to be held in New Delhi 27to 30 October 2017.
Total eight members of AACCI youth wing (Isha Tambolkar, Anjali Gaikwad, Anmol Itkarkar, Ninad Halgekar, Sourabh Mane, Priyanka Lakhwani, Shrushti Halgekar, and Shrujan Mullapudi) Lead by Dr Shailaja Mane, AACCI- Pune Coordinator as a Co-Facilitator for Workshop and Mrs Savita Itkarkar as chaperone reached Paris.