Leading by Example

With Jayesh Raikar at the helm (2021), Yi Goa was able to achieve its objectives of Youth Leadership, Nation Building and Thought Leadership

YUVA Orientation Session for students of Goa College of Home Science

Young Indians (Yi) is a movement for Indian Youth to converge, lead, co-create and influence India’s future. Yi, formed in 2002 as an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has created a platform for young Indians to work towards realising a dream of a developed nation. Yi has an inclusive membership across its pan-India 55 city chapters network comprising over 3900 direct members, who represent young progressive Indians between the age group of 21-45 years comprising entrepreneurs, professionals, and achievers from different walks of life and Yi stakeholders which include 30,000 YUVA college students, 2,80,000+ school children and 92 rural communities across the country. Through thousands of impactful projects and activities divided primarily into three areas namely youth leadership, nation building and thought leadership, Yi aims to emerge as the premier Indian youth organisation having a voice on relevant platforms that work on solving India’s problems.

Jayesh Raikar, whose term as Chairman of Yi Goa Chapter ended in December 2021, stated that their vision for 2021 was to undertake activities and projects benefitting the rural youth and the population with special needs. “We started the year 2021 on the right note and executed impactful projects under the rural initiatives vertical. Under the covid relief initiative, Yi Goa supported a vaccination drive and also distributed pulse oximeters to several institutions. Even in difficult situations, our members did not stop from engaging with the youth, as we conducted several workshops in Yuva colleges and signed MOUs with two new colleges. The year 2021 required tenacity to withstand new challenges. I express my sincere thanks to the executive council for their never ending support, to the past chairs for the constant guidance and to the members for their participation.”

During Raikar’s term, membership learning events conducted were relevant to member interests and saw participation from Yuva students imparting value added education. Some of the highlights of these events were:

Yi Goa Tree Sapling Plantation on World Environment Day

Yi Goa Annual Session: With the changing policy paradigm and a focus on improving ease of doing business to develop core strengths in the economy, Goa is emerging as an attractive destination for green field investments. The CII Young Indians (Yi) Goa, organised a Session on ‘Enabling Inclusive Growth through Social Engagement’ on its Annual Day. This session saw deliberations by Shrinivas V Dempo, Past Chairman, CII (Western Region) and Chairman, Dempo Group, highlighting the importance of leading his business organisation with ethics and a caring attitude towards the employees during the toughest times and tiding over all adversaries. Shekhar Sardesai was the key note speaker and elaborated on how his organisation achieved growth over the years and the ground-breaking leadership attributes adopted to channelise a social impact

Yi Goa Pathfinder 2021:Yi Goa Chapter organised its Annual Pathfinder 2021 an initiative led by the chapter officer bearers where the Executive Council of the chapter for the year was structured along with a broad agenda for the year and various activities planned and deliberated across various verticals.

Learning Session on ‘IOT and Cloud: A Major Disruptor:A learning session was held for the Yi Goa Chapter members on ‘IOT & Cloud’: A Major Disruptor by Rohin Parker, Co-Founder and CEO, Mrinq Technologies.

Learning Session on carving your role in Family Business:  A session on carving your role in family business was conducted by Sunil Dias, Director, CDI Global India and Partner, IV Advisors.

Learning Session and site Visit to Dr Kurade’s – Tropical Mushrooms Goa Pvt. Ltd.: A Learning Session and site visit to Dr Kurade’s mushroom farm at Usgao, Ponda was organised wherein Yi Members visited the farm witnessed the manufacturing setup of cultivating world class button mushrooms which initially started off from a 100 kg/day production facility to the one currently producing 7000 kg/day.

Learning Session on Motivated T.E.A.M.S. – Together Everyone Achieves More Success: Yi – Goa Chapter organised a half-day game-based experiential teambuilding workshop ‘Motivated T.E.A.M.S. -Together Everyone Achieves More Success’ for the Goa chapter members.

Yi Goa Walk-Run on Organ Donation

Membership Engagement Visit to Savoi Plantation: Yi Goa Chapter organised a membership engagement session for all Chapter Members to Savoi Plantation.

Membership Engagement with families on the occasion of Children’s Day:On the Occasion of Children’s Day Yi Goa Chapter organised a day out for members and their families at a popular resort on Divar Island Goa.

Membership Engagement Sunset Yacht Cruise: Yi Goa organised a sunset yacht cruise as part of membership engagement.


Various programs and events were conducted under the YUVA vertical some of which are listed below:

  • Session on Entrepreneurial Mindset for YUVA students of Narayan Zantye College of Commerce, Bicholim Goa.
  • Yi Goa Chapter distributed MS Office 365 licenses to colleges.
  • Signing of YUVA MoU with Colleges: Yi Goa Chapter signed YUVA MoU’s with four colleges during the year.
  • YUVA orientation session for students of Goa College of Home Science.
  • Session on innovative tips and approaches for a Professional Career in an Era of Industry 4.0 for YUVA Students.
  • Yi the future youth conclave 2021.
  • Career job placement drives at YUVA Colleges.
  • Learning Session on ‘Unleash Your Potential’ for YUVA students.
  • Awareness about kidney health and kidney organ donation.


The topic of organ donation was highlighted by Yi Goa.

  • Awareness about kidney health and kidney donation.
  • Yi Goa motivating slogans on gift an organ.
  • Session on ‘Life is Gift, Pass it On’.
  • Walk / run on organ donation.
  • Yi Goa video clip on importance of organ donation.


The Yi Goa Chapter undertook varied covid relief initiatives such as:

  • Covid-19 vaccination drive with Kundaim Industrial Estate Industries Association.
  • Donation of pulse oximeters to Matruchaya Orphanage, Sneha Mandir Old Age Home and Sanjeevan Old Age Home, Ponda.
  • Session on side effects of lockdowns on children.
  • Awareness on safe touch and unsafe touch for school children in government primary schools in Goa.


Yi Goa Chapter was thrilled to explore the rural youth talent and witness their out-of-the box ideas.

  • CII-Young Indians Goa Chapter handed over a road bike to an upcoming talent at the 5th Edition of XAXTI 100.
  • GDP TALKS – Talking Talukas – Rural Youth Rising.
  • Donation of projectors under Smart School Project.


Various road safety programs were held during the year for adults and children.

  • Road Safety Awareness at Maruti Chowgule Industries Ltd.
  • CII-Young Indians Goa Chapter partnered with Xaxti Riders for the 5th Edition of XAXTI 100 for creating awareness and promoting Road safety.
  • Yi Goa Treasure Hunt.
  • Yi Essay Writing Competition on Road Safety.
  • Buckle Up for My Family: A Yi Road Safety initiative.
  • Yi Goa video on basic rules of Road safety in association with Goa Institute of Management.


Another topic touched upon by Yi Goa was Climate Change.

  • Tree Sapling Plantation on World Environment Day.
  • Awareness on Climate Change Action Week.


Career counselling session for Students of Government High School, Kumbharjua.

Yi Goa Chapter organised a Career Counseling Workshop for the students of Std. X, of Government High School, Kumbharjua, Goa on 07 January 2021.  Erle Brito, Past Chair, Young Indians Goa Chapter was the resource person for the workshop.


Accessibility, having a holistic perspective also includes senior citizens who require assistance in their daily living. Yi Goa identified the need to contribute in this area and executed two flagship projects under the Accessibility Vertical.

  • Session on mental health issues in children and adults.
  • Dedicated parking slots for specially abled persons at Mall de Goa.
  • Donation of Fowler beds.
  • Yi Goa video clip on the importance of accessibility.


  • ‘Give Goa Project’ in association with Goa Institute of Management.
  • Olympics Awareness Run.

With nineteen years of a glorious past and decades ahead with promise and belief, Yi is evolving as an ever growing movement of young people with a conviction in ‘We Can, We Will’

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