Samata Institute/ Samata Young Professionals

Career Accelerator, Vocational Skills Training, Digital Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods

The goal is to equip youths (18-30 years old) from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds with employable skills as well as access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Who can attend these learning sessions?

  • Students | Unemployed Youth | Social Workers | Young Professional
  • Individuals from low-income, challenged and discriminated against backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The learning journey:

For three months, the learning sessions will demand 6 hours of commitment every month. Weekends (often late at night IST) will be used for online Zoom sessions, while weekdays will be used for 1:1 mentorship and community building.

Samata (Action For Impact) Founder Adv Pravin Nikam conducted a session on Higher Education at Tarunaai Team orgnaised youth leadership camp


COVID -19 has impacted Millions of young people who are struggling to build better lives for themselves and their families. 

What We Do:

Samata Young Professional Program conducts 6 months short-term course, focusing on young women, trans community members and men from rural areas and urban slums. Samata's Young Professional Program focuses on skills training, critical thinking, employability skills, English, computer literacy, and life skills through its cohort-based immersion learning programme for young men, women, and non-binary persons from rural and urban slums. We assist young people in developing their professional skills during their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. We also mentor small groups of young people who want to start their own organizations and promote the creation of new jobs.

Samata (Action For Impact) Founder Adv Pravin Nikam conducted a session on Higher Education at Tarunaai Team orgnaised youth leadership camp

Samata Center aspires to play a significant role in empowering young people to make decisions about their future and line of work. Towards this end, we organise "Orientation Sessions on Employment Opportunities and Skills Awareness Sessions," also known as "Future of Work Sessions," which are aimed at young men, transgender persons, and women in order to address the poor exposure and lack of information that are particularly common among rural youth.

Samata's young professionals program follows a four-step process:


Outreach, Mobilization and Enrolment

As a part of the outreach we conduct Future of Work Sessions for youths who come from low-income communities and rural areas. Samata Associates visit the low-income communities, rural areas, slums wherein they meet the community leaders, and other stakeholders. We have our community partner organisations who assist us in the reach out for the program and mobilising for the Future of Work Sessions. Once the student registers for Samata Young Professionals, our team will screen applications and all those who fulfil the application criteria receive email for acceptance for the Scholars Program

Orientation Session

After enrolling, young people go through an orientation programme where we hold two-week immersive learning sessions that are centred on SWOT principles. Through the interplay of innovative activities, group challenges, and learning from successful entrepreneurs, orientation offers an opportunity to break the ice.


We will get the chance to comprehend the Young Professional during the orientation session. A one-on-one counselling session will be held after this to assist each young person in determining how to plan their path toward a fulfilling profession. Students will receive the following details from the counselling session to help them make this choice: an examination of their goals and interests, an evaluation of their ability, and employability landscape.

Vocational Courses and Training

After Orientation and Counselling session we begin with are 6 months immersive learning journey with offline and online modules which focus on job application guide, leadership, team work, English speaking, job preparedness and communication skills. We have partnerships with skilling partners and educators. The programme also emphasises enabling young people learn the essential techniques, approaches, and ideas of human resource management and create their own management styles. We conduct a debrief each week, interact with young professionals, keep tabs on their attendance, and work hard to uphold the standard of the programme.

Mentoring and Support

Through Samata Center Alumni Network (SCAN), which offers assistance in the form of counselling, social networks, conciliation with employers, etc., helps students further in their efforts to overcome migration-related issues.

Samata Industry Mentors support youth at Professional Program in the following ways:

  • Workshops and seminars that will enhance academic credentials.
  • Sessions on Equal access to find internships and career opportunities that will enhance your resume and improve your chances of getting into further education.
  • Workshops on development of entrepreneurial tools that will allow them to create scalable, replicable, and locally meaningful enterprises.
  • Connecting young people with domain experts who assist them in conceiving, designing, launching, growing and sustaining a startup enterprise, as well they are mentored to succeed and join the core commercial ecosystem.
  • One on One Mentoring and Counselling focused on a three-tiered approach that focuses on the young professional’s personality, professional aspirations, and passion.
  • Peer Support and Guidance by Industry Mentors
  • Access to internships, fellowships, job opportunities
  • Masterclass conducted by industry experts
  • Modules and Workshops on skills and Collaborative leadership and Personality Development
  • Career Mentoring by Domain Experts and Professionals
  • Office Hours Sessions with Domain Experts, Professionals
  • Training and Guidance for Interviews Skills
  • Building entrepreneurial spirit

Photo at LSE after registering as LSE Student

Learning Modules for Samata Young Professionals Program

Module 3 – Skills and Experience for Higher Education and Part-time Employer

  • Introducing yourself
  • Future of Work
  • Mapping path to one’s ideal job and understanding how develop the career one wants
  • How others have found their ideal job and how can someone find their path
  • How to create a vision board and Identifying your roadmap
  • Goal setting and value propositions and the importance of value proposition
  • Reflection

Module 4 - Knowledge of Self and Selection of Academic Course-College

  • Why we need a network and How can one Build a network
  • The network effects
  • The approaches to developing one’s own network
  • Building relationships
  • Writing excellent CVs and cover letters
  • How to speak to people and connect
  • Reflection

Module 5 – Timeline for Application

  • Why is it important to communicate well?
  • How do other people communicate and What’s your style?
  • Communication styles and Communication platforms
  • Preparing to communicate and understanding who are you communicating with?
  • Your approach to communication
  • Identifying your communication goals
  • Reflection

Module 6 – Scholarship and Financial Support for Education

  • Communicating at work and Why one needs good communication at work
  • Managing challenging conversations
  • Understanding how do professionals manage challenging conversations?
  • Activity and Group Discussion: Demonstrating your communication skills
  • Why one need to have a communication plan in place
  • Assignment: Share your plan
  • Reflections

Module 7 – Preparing For University

  • Understanding Leadership, management, skills and qualities
  • Why it is important to Study Leadership?
  • The Difference: Leadership Versus Management
  • Two Aspects of Leadership: Leadership Skills and Leadership Qualities
  • Approaches and Theories of Leadership
  • Transformational leadership and Leadership theories in the 1980s to 2000s and beyond
  • Reflections

Module 8 – Self-study and research

  • Understanding Theoretical Approaches to Decision Making
  • Decision making style
  • Understating Decision-making biases
  • How can one avoid decision making biases?
  • Activity: Group Decision Task
  • Overcoming groupthink for an effective group decision making
  • Reflection

Module 9 – Learning Structure at UK/US University

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Defining a problem statement
  • Assessing your solutions
  • Understanding and offering your solution
  • Pitching your idea
  • Making your plan
  • Reflection

Module 10 – Develop writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills for studying at university

  • Understanding the dynamics of the graduate job market
  • Getting to know yourself and the type of career that will suit you best
  • Understanding the three career typologies and Understanding your own career typology
  • Mapping the type of jobs that will align you best
  • The importance of employability skills
  • How to articulate the skills you need for a career that will really suit you
  • Reflection

Module 10 – Develop writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills for studying at university

  • Introduction to interview formats
  • Understanding the 4 pillars of every interview
  • Mock tests, Mock video and telephone interviews
  • Assessment of the Mock face-to-face interviews
  • Following up after an interview
  • Accepting job offers and handling rejection
  • Reflection

Module 10 – Develop writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills for studying at university

  • Recruitment (from an employer’s perspective)
  • Job search and Where to find job listings
  • Understanding the job advertisement before making an application
  • To Do List for getting Ready to apply
  • Writing Resume/CV/ Cover Letter
  • Profile on LinkedIn
  • Reflection

Module 10 – Develop writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills for studying at university

  • Preparing and Planning for the Interview
  • Developing Interview Skills
  • Mock interview: to understand how to answer common questions
  • Starting a New Job and Transition into a New Role
  • To Do List: Probation
  • Passing Probation
  • Reflection

Module 10 – Develop writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills for studying at university

  • The importance of 'Why? and Finding your own 'Why?'
  • Becoming accountable and Taking action
  • Deepening your relationship with values Becoming purposeful
  • Understanding Inclusivity and the Importance of having a Diversifying Network
  • Identify and Cultivate your Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Believe, Build, Become

We pair you with the ideal mentor based on your career and industry goals

Our mentors are current or past employees, CEOs, leading professionals and young people from leading workplaces who will share their lessons learnt in the industry .. They will guide the students about the industry expectations, applications to world leading workplaces, as well about various work opportunities

Industry Mentors at 20+ workplaces

Samata is more than just a mentoring platform, as it helps you prepare for job applications and enables you with skills . Our mentors know how to succeed because they have done so.

Pravin Nikam during a session at students


Learners Review

Stories of Impact

How Samata Young Professionals Program is enabling young people

Samata (Action For Impact) Founder Adv Pravin Nikam conducted a session on Higher Education at Tarunaai Team orgnaised youth leadership camp


Samata Young Professionals Learning Outcomes

  • Increase And Formalize Meaningful Opportunities For Professional Development.
  • How to building Networks at workplace
  • Effective Communication Skills for Professionals
  • Communicating at workplace
  • Leadership, Decision Making and Working in Groups
  • Problem Solving and Pitching Your Plan
  • Understanding yourself and the graduate job market
  • Interview Preparation, Do and Don’ts
  • How to draft Cover Letter, Resume and LinkedIn
  • Interviewing skills and starting a new job
  • Workshops to Develop Critical Thinking and Critical Reading
  • Workshops to Develop Problem Solving Skills, Presentation Skills
  • Team Building Sessions
  • Story Telling and Soft Skills Workshops
  • Professional Skills Development

Our convener Adv Pravin Nikam facilitated a session for grassroot entrepreneurs organized by entrepreneur Ravi Ghate Sir

Our Mission is Enabling Future Leaders

We don't charge for our support which enables the students to concentrate on their studies rather than their finances.

Equal opportunities are provided, and the playing field is levelled. Our mentees come from circumstances where getting into a top university requires considerable obstacles to overcome. We pair mentors with students who have the potential to attend a top institution but need your help to turn their enthusiasm for their topic into a top university spot. All you'll need is a laptop and access to the internet. Although talent is distributed equitably, opportunity is not. We're going to change that. We use cutting-edge technology and free support from top undergraduates and graduates to help low-income students get into the best colleges. We started in 2020 and are growing so quickly that we expect our platform to be mentoring 1000+ low-income children by 2025.

We want to create a cutting-edge technology platform that equalizes the playing field.

One-on-one coaching has been shown to be one of the most effective methods for realizing potential. Mentorship, however, has been out of reach for most students until now. So we're building the Samata platform to make our fantastic network of mentors available to students from low-income backgrounds at any time and from anywhere, as well as provide skill development training and courses.

Although our platform is free for students, we do require funding to expand our operations and make this free platform available to a larger number of people.
Please get in touch if you're a philanthropist or a donor interested in supporting us!

Samata's young professionals program learning outcomes:

Workshops to develop Critical Thinking and Critical Reading

Workshops to develop problem solving skills , presentation skills

Team building Sessions

Guidance on Resume and LinkedIn

Increase and formalize meaningful opportunities for professional development.

Story Telling and soft skills workshops

Professional Skills Development