TeenBook is India’s first comprehensive bilingual life skills programme for adolescents. The primary goal of TeenBook is to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours that will enable adolescents/ teenagers make informed and responsible choices as they progress on their journey towards adulthood.
What we do
Develop Resources for Teens
We provide fun, engaging, and science-based information on all teenage issues and topics. The TeenBook websites in Hindi and English are our resource hubs, with the most comprehensive information on life skills and adolescence education. The TeenBook Hindi website is by far the biggest resource in Hindi available on these subjects.
The website uses several formats such as curiosity columns, advice columns, stories, personal accounts and blogs on current events to share knowledge on issues relevant to teenagers.
Engage with Parents and Communities
We engage with parents on Facebook to help them understand issues of their teenage children and equip them to handle their issues better. For example, we help parents understand how to handle tough conversations like sex education. Our Instagram account is geared towards adolescents to engage with them on issues and topics that concern them and have some fun at the same time. On our Twitter account, we engage with communities on issues impacting adolescents.
Educators and Schools
TeenBook offers Social-Emotional Learning and life skill workshops to teens, parents and educators. Please see our services page for more information on our programmes.
TeenBook has been launched by two mothers, Vithika Yadav, a well-known gender rights activist and co-founder of India’s leading sexual health initiative Love Matters and Arti Shukla, an ex-BBC editor with over 17 years of experience in media.
Vithika Yadav, co-founder of Development Consortium and country head of Love Matters India, is a well known human rights activist who has worked on human trafficking, slavery, gender rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Vithika has worked as a fellow and as a consultant for Free the Slaves. She worked as a consultant to the United Nations office on drugs and crime for anti human trafficking. She worked as the project coordinator for BBC World Service Trust.
Arti Shukla is a successful editorial leader, with over 17 years’ experience as a journalist in Indian media, with 12 of those at the BBC. Arti is a professional journalist and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Delhi University. Prior to joining the BBC, Arti worked with India’s largest-selling English daily The Times of India and two other national publications – The Indian Express and the India Today. Arti won the prestigious DFID CommonWealth Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bristol.
Donors and funders
TeenBook is a project of Development Consortium, a development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, women and vulnerable communities to overcome poverty, inequality, abuse and injustice.
TeenBook is supported by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.