YouthKiAwaaz.com (Youth Ki Awaaz means “Voice of Youth”) is an Indian English-language, youth run news and views blog founded in 2008 with focus on Politics, Society, Environment and more issues – creating a channel for young Indians to voice themselves. An emerging views platform YouthKiAwaaz.com also runs an online journalism internship program. It has emerged as one of India’s most read youth opinion websites.
In 2008, Anshul Tewari was preparing for his entrance examinations after his board results were out. While the preparations were on, he came across an array of issues and realizing that the mainline media did not really pick them up, he wanted to voice himself. On approaching established media houses, he was dejected when his opinionated letters to the editor were not published. He knew he had to chose an alternative path to voice himself and thus he took to blogging. He started blogging at youthkiawaaz.blogspot.com. After about an year of blogging and getting a small but loyal audience, Youth Ki Awaaz got its very own domain: youthkiawaaz.com and he opened up the blog for readers to join in and pitch in their views on critical issues. The main inspiration has been the very problem that India and other developing nations face.
In 2010, the platform won the World Summit Youth Award for best practices in e-content. In 2011, it was recognized as a Champion of Social Transformation in the field of youth empowerment by the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi, India. In October 2012, Youth Ki Awaaz won the Young Innovators Award and the ITU Telecom Fellowship, by the International Telecom Union, United Nations, and was felicitated for the same at the ITU Telecom World Conference in Dubai. Much of the audience to the website is between the age group 18-24.