Adolescent Awareness, Counseling and Empowerment Project (AACEP)

Create a safe environment for adolescents, enabling them to blossom and protect and support them.

  • Generating awareness on adolescent issues

  • Personal development of adolescents

  • Supporting adolescents facing problems

This project also helps the children to be active, to bring out their hidden talents, and it lowers drop outs from school. The children from the Child Labourers Centre and Guided Learning Centre later become members of Children Sangam

Child Protection

The work with Children Sangam threw up the challenge of addressing adolescent issues which emerged at the meetings and interaction with children. Adolescents are crossing a sensitive period in which they are not children anymore but not yet adults. This stage, because of its fragile nature, calls for specialised strategic interventions. A lack of information on their own development and a nearly non-existent dialog with adults put adolescents in a tricky situation. They often feel alone to face their difficulties. They don’t know much about themselves, their own body and their own development. This makes the adolescents vulnerable to family violence, sexual abuse and suicide attempts. There is a need to organise adolescents as a special group and enable a smooth transition form childhood to adulthood.
In response to the above situation, Arunodhaya launched the new project “Adolescent Awareness, Counselling and Empowerment project” (AACEP).
The project started in 2007.

Target Group:
Adolescents between 12 and 21 years old


  • Adolescent Empowerment

  • Awareness generated in the communities on issues related to Adolescents and a change of attitude to understand and respect the rights of adolescents

  • Adolescent issue highlighted at civil society level and move towards policy level support for the cause of adolescents

  • They are more active and are distinguished at school and in their surrounding

  • Parents are more aware of child rights and also follow them

  • Children learn to take care of themselves and to communicate with the political leaders

  • Children learn to take responsibilities, to be a leader, and to manage a group

  • Today zone counsellors are directed towards Children Sangam

  • The number of children increases every year through out the state and now also in north India