We catch up with Kishor Palve, Founder & Trustee of Bright Future, as part of our weekly change-maker series. Bright Future provides a nurturing environment for children and youth from marginalized communities to transform their passion into gainful employment through career guidance, life skill development, mentorship and placement opportunities.
What inspired you to set up Bright Future? Why is the cause so close to your heart?
Bright Future is the story of my own life, and struggles everyone faces. We all want careers, but often we don’t know what direction to take. Education is important, but sometimes it is a challenge to put to use what we learn, especially when we don’t have a definite goal. This is why I decided to work with adolescents and youth, to guide them at this critical juncture in their lives, and help them select suitable careers. I help them develop ‘soft skills’ to help make them employable, and mentor them to ensure they have all the information and guidance they need to excel in their chosen careers. They are then introduced to internship programmes to test the waters before they can finally go on to earning their own livelihoods.
Can you recall an act of giving that you did/experienced or witnessed that changed your life? Do tell us about it.
There is one incident I recall when I started personally going for school sessions, sharing my journey with students. They were very curious to know and understand how I started my career. That day I decided to help adolescents and youth, and guide them to choose suitable careers. Today Bright Future is a big organisation touching thousands of lives in Mumbai. I plan to reach out to 1 lac adolescents and youth in the coming years.
Do you have a motto or mantra, or even a quote that you live by?
“Do not fear failure. Keep trying until you achieve.”
In a perfect world, what dream do you want Bright Future to accomplish in the next five years, and what kind of a future would you like it to be part of?
I hope 1 lac youth start careers in areas they are passionate about. A few passionate people have the power to change the world.