Our Mission & Vision

Prayasam’s mission is to create an environment where youth can be self-empowered, and capacitated with knowledge and skills to bring lifestyle changes in their own communities through leadership and onus. 

Our vision is to create self-sustaining communities, where the youth will be the spokesperson for their own community issues, driving changes and bringing in customized solutions in the best interest of their communities.

The Revolutionary Optimists

Documentary Film based on Prayasam's Founder Director, and Secretary Amlan Kusum Ganguly

Directed By -
Maren Grainger-Monsen & Nicole Newnham

Duration - 1h 35m

Over 6 years, the film followed Amlan’s mentoring process in Prayasam, creating an empowering environment for youth from underserved communities of Kolkata to become change agents. The film won Hilton Sustainability Award at Sundance Film Festival and Audience Choice Award at the Take-One Action Festival and had its world premiere in 2012 at International Film Festival in India.

The film has been broadcasted in nine countries in five languages – Bangladesh, Kenya, Jordan, and Peru to name a few, and screened at Harvard University, UCLA, USAID, UNICEF, UN Foundation, Skoll World Forum, Adobe Headquarters, etc, and featured at New York Times, Huffington Post, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, GOOD magazine, Fortune, and ITVS’s Women of the World Program.

The Revolutionary Optimists has been acknowledged as the “vision to end extreme poverty in the world in the next 20 years, " as stated by USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg.

The Revolutionary Optimists