Magic Bus India Foundation Launches Phase 2 of ‘Future X’ – A Livelihood Programme to Enable Young People to Transition into the World of Work!

Magic Bus India Foundation Launches Phase 2 of ‘Future X’ – A Livelihood Programme to Enable Young People to Transition into the World of Work!

  • Shaping the Future of Skilling, the programme will roll out across major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad
  • The initiative is supported by Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Chennai 27 September 2023  Magic Bus India Foundation, a leading non-profit organisation in the education and skilling space, has unveiled the second phase of ‘Future X,’ an innovative and strategic livelihood programme. This programme equips young people with 21st-century skills for life and work, harnessing the potential of technology to reach young people on a larger scale through its enhanced learning pathways. The programme has been supported by Michael & Susan Dell Foundation since 2020. 

This phase of the programme will be implemented across seven key centers spread across five cities, including Sunkadakatte in Bengaluru, Sanatorium Tambaram, and Adyar in Chennai, Secunderabad and Panjagutta in Hyderabad, Govandi in Mumbai, and Peeragarhi in Delhi.

Magic Bus identifies these communities and sets up physical centers post assessing the employment opportunities in the area and mapping the aspirations of young people. Many of these individuals are the first in their families to seek formal sector employment, often lacking the necessary life and employability skills and support needed to transition into the world of work.

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Future X is poised to revolutionise the way the skilling ecosystem operates in India. It aims to become a scalable model while enhancing organisational efficiency and quality implementation. The programme will create a state-of-the-art technology platform to unlock and map end-to-end lifecycle of young individuals, touching upon each stage of the value chain (mobilization, learning pathways, training, placement, post-placement, and alumni connections in the form of continuous learning). This will enable Magic Bus to reach 4,000 young people in the current year of implementation (2023-2024), and a cumulative 70,000 young people by the end of 2027 across 23 centers. The programme will indirectly benefit 80,000 to 100,000 college-going youths each year. 

Jayant Rastogi, Global CEO, Magic Bus India Foundation, said, “We believe that Future X represents a significant step forward in our commitment to empowering the youth. Our approach involves employing scalable strategies that allows us to reach millions of young people in the years to come. At the core of the programme is the technology platform that comprehensively maps the entire journey of young individuals, addressing each stage of the programme. We have also integrated cost-effective AI-enabled tools to support them in their learning journey. Our vision is to lead young individuals towards a brighter future where they can positively impact their communities, and our partnership with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is instrumental in achieving this objective.”

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Future X’s objectives are multifaceted, designed to enhance employment opportunities for young people. It aims to prepare them for the workforce by providing diverse learning channels, including in-person sessions focussed on life and employability skills, learning enhancement through group work and peer-to-peer learning, as well as sessions on digital and spoken English. The programme will also use low-cost AI-enabled mediums to support youth in learning at their own pace. This support will be facilitated through live chat assistance to resolve queries and by hosting videos of key skills, thereby strengthening learning outcomes for young people.

About Magic Bus India Foundation:

Magic Bus India Foundation is one of the leading NGOs in the education and skilling space in India. Over 24 years, the organisation has established its presence across 72 Districts in 24 states and UTs of India. Magic Bus works with young people in the age group of 12 to 25 years by equipping adolescents and youth from underserved communities with life skills and employability skills that enable them to thrive in the transition from childhood to livelihood. 

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The Childhood Programme is designed to empower adolescents (12-18yrs) with life skills and education enhancement to enable them to complete secondary education. Magic Bus has established a network of 302 Community Learning Centres (CLCs), reaching 2,770 schools with 51% girl participation. The Livelihood Programme equips youths (18-25yrs) with skills that enhance their employability and enable them to adapt to the ever-evolving job market. With 95 Livelihood Centres, 825 college tie-ups and 8 Entrepreneurship Incubation Centres, the programme has enrolled 56% young women. Over the past two decades, Magic Bus has empowered over 10 Lakh adolescents and placed more than 2 Lakh youths in sustainable jobs across India. Magic Bus India Foundation’s exemplary work has garnered several awards, most recently, the ASSOCHAM award for Best NGO, recognised by HundrED as one of the top 100 education innovations, Great Place to Work® certified for three consecutive years and recognised as one of India’s Top 10 NGOs to work for.

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