Reap Benefit’s team of mentors are a diverse group of individuals bound together by a firm belief in the power of teaching young people to flex their civic muscle. In this instalment of Mentor Mondays we catch up with mentor Baiju Balan.

An early desire to serve society

Even when…


We interviewed Kavya PK about what prompted her to volunteer as a Covid Ninja and what she has taken from the experience.

Q: Why did you volunteer?

A: Witnessing the pandemic unfold especially during the second wave was heartbreaking on many levels. While staying safe at home tuning out the…


Ashish VR, Archana Kr and Anwesha Oburai take time to reflect on the spirit and efforts of our Covid Ninjas during the second wave of Covid19.

The past three months have been more than taxing! It goes unsaid when we state that almost each one of us have seen our…


Indumathi S was one of many Covid Ninjas who registered with us to volunteer during the second wave. She shares her thoughts and experiences here.

Covid19 and the subsequent lockdowns have exacerbated the inequality and the poor have suffered the most. In March 2020, during the first Covid19 lockdown, the…


In this instalment of Mentor Mondays we catch up with Ashish VR to find out how this Engineering graduate wound up mentoring young public problem solvers with Reap Benefit.

An early habit of taking on responsibility

Ashish is always volunteering to help out with new projects at Reap Benefit, a…


‘Get your hands dirty’ is a phrase bandied about at Reap Benefit very often. It means a number of things: literally get your hands dirty by composting or DISS-ing a black spot or planting a garden. It means not sitting back and just talking about the world’s problems but actually…


by Baiju Balan

Reap Benefit Mentor Baiju Balan recently attended an Acumen Academy course on Adaptive Leadership, a program designed for those who wish to understand the path of leadership. He shared some of his learnings and insights with us.

One of the key messages I took away from the…


As the second wave of Covid19 devastated the country, five Youth Board Members came together to set up a Disaster Management Task Force, start an information helpline and create a verified directory of resources for multiple cities. …


Archana KR shares some of her favourite moments from Season 1 of Panchayat.

Panchayati (Panchayat). When I hear this word I am taken back to my childhood days. Our village’s Panchayat office was a small, pretty building with a red tiled roof (in Kannada we call it Henchina Mane). …


Nikhila Kanakamedala joined Reap Benefit in 2019 in the partnerships team, and joined the data team soon after. So, how did the engineer who once harboured dreams of becoming a journalist land up in an organisation that’s interested in building the civic muscle of youth? …

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