Our History

Youth Organization for Joining, Action & Knowledge (YOJAK) emerged as a non-governmental organization in 2005-06, officially registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, and the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. With a profound commitment to fostering positive transformations in both human lives and environmental health, YOJAK operates with a visionary outlook.

Dedicated to making impactful contributions, YOJAK has passionately engaged with underprivileged communities. The organization's approach involves the establishment of social enterprises, cooperatives, and self-help groups (JOINING), reflecting its commitment to taking concrete action for the betterment of society. Furthermore, YOJAK actively pursues human welfare initiatives, emphasizing a hands-on approach to creating positive change (ACTION). Additionally, the organization places a significant emphasis on the acquisition and dissemination of socio-economic knowledge, conducting research that forms a foundation for informed decision-making and sustainable development practices (KNOWLEDGE).

In essence, YOJAK stands as a beacon of positive change, tirelessly working towards holistic human and environmental well-being through a dynamic blend of action and knowledge-driven initiatives.

Pillars Of Strength

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YOJAK’s survey in Raigad and Pune, Maharashtra, unveiled challenges facing educated tribal youth who often struggled with unemployment or underemployment. To address this, educated men in their 30s and 40s were groomed for a year, fostering motivation for self-improvement and change.
Income generation activities with five-year targets were initiated, repurposing old temples and gathering places with machinery and training sessions under the “NEW AGE GRAMODYOG” initiative. Its goal: financial stability, protection against crises, and poverty prevention.
Strong bonds were formed with local beekeepers, jamun & karonda gatherers, and fishermen. We are dedicated to aiding them in obtaining better prices for forest produce through branding, framing, and cooperative registration.

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Since 2006, YOJAK has been dedicated to assisting underprivileged students from grades 1 to 12. They operate free study centers at settlement levels, providing vital interventions to address the children’s academic challenges. Financially disadvantaged boys and girls receive support through various channels.
YOJAK’s ongoing efforts span several areas, including Kasarwadi, Morwadi, Anand Nagar, Ota Scheme, Mohan Nagar, Pradhikaran, Akurdi, Bhatnagar, Milind Nagar, Chakan, and Khed divisions.
In the 2022-2023 academic year, they introduced free MPSC and scholarship classes at the Pradhikaran center. Furthermore, YOJAK extends scholarships and study materials to deserving students in PCMC and the Chaken Khed region, ensuring educational support for those in need.

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YOJAK recognizes knowledge’s transformative power in addressing social issues and driving positive change. Through rigorous research, we gather valuable insights and data to understand communities’ challenges, forming the basis for effective interventions.
Our training programs empower individuals and communities with knowledge and skills, enhancing capacities, promoting self-reliance, and fostering sustainable development. By imparting practical expertise, YOJAK equips people to overcome challenges and improve their lives.
Our focus on research, training, and publications reflects our commitment to evidence-based interventions, empowering individuals and communities with the information and skills needed for meaningful change.

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Board Members

The board members of YOJAK are visionary leaders committed to steering our organization towards sustainable impact and positive change.

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Since 2005,
our journey blends challenge and delight, Each step a tale, hurdles met with spirits bright.


Registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860


Registered under Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950


Partnership projects with Forbes Marshall CSR & UNFF launched


Completed Water harvesting projects in two villages


Partnership projects with JCB-LBCT


Expansion in slums areas with two new educational projects with Forbes Marshall


Formation year of Cooperatives & SHGs in various villages


First ‘NEW AGE GRAMODYOG’ project started in village Pangloli with Adarsh Self help group


Launch of Kushal & raw.foods brands as separate social enterprises under YOJAK management.


Girl’s Scholarship Program for girls in rural and tribal villages of Khed, Chakan


Developing Women Entrepreneurs as trained “Pashu Sakhis” to develope goat keepers in their villages


Women groups from tribal communities trained to make Eco-friendly straws from wheat stems & marketed by Social Care and NGOs


STEM Learning Centers as a Center Model developed

Compliance Certificate