Family Interventions
  • Parenting for seperation
  • Enabling relationship with children
  • Repatriation planning
  • Enabling Repatriation
  • Family team building
State/ Policy/ Legal
  • Documentation Support
  • Policy Change
  • Funding
  • Indicators
School Interventions
  • Teacher attitude regarding children from shelters
  • Teacher development related to managing children from Shelters
Community Interventions
  • Awareness programs
  • Sensitisation activities
  • Movement building
  • Mobilising support
  • Community support systems
Shelter Experience
  • Infrastructure Support
  • Management Support
  • Provide more care givers
  • Nutrition
  • Heath care
  • Sanitation
  • Child focused rules
Emotional Needs
  • Abandonment counseling
  • Values and expectations
  • Self esteem
  • Decision making
  • Prioritisation
  • dreaming
  • creativity
  • problem solving
Learning & personal development
  • Catch up classes
  • Language competency
  • Progression support
  • Comprehension
  • Rights
  • Financial planning
  • interpersonal skills
Work/ life perception
  • Vocational Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Finding job
  • Maintaining job
  • progressing within job
  • job placement support
After care
  • Alumni systems
  • Further education
  • Working progression
  • Financial progression
  • Crisis Support
  • Parenting training
  • Ongoining personal support

Service #1

Platform for the Youth

The biggest movements, that shaped history, ranging from civil rights to equality to suffrage, have rose out of tireless youth leaders fighting for what they believed in. Make A Difference provides a space for young people to step in, lead and make a difference in their own communities. By providing on-ground exposure, actively initiating dialogue and establishing a culture of entrepreneurship, MAD transforms youth into a potent social force to strategically impact children at risk in their community.

Service #2

Program Expertise

MAD nationally employs a panel of experts who conduct extensive need analysis and research on the needs of institutionalized children. Based on results, appropriate programmes are identified and tested in a structured manner. If successful, these programmes are standardized and made available to community leaders, who take up programmes based on the community's need. Programme expertise involves training modules, year-round support, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation for effective implementation.

Service #3

Process Expertise

To make multiple programmes work within the community, there needs to be strong systems in place to ensure the quality of delivery. MAD teams in cities are provided comprehensive training on recruitment, fund-raising, awareness campaigns, managing financials, motivation and engagement. An internal process website is available to all of MAD’s young leaders and volunteers so that they can learn, reflect on existing processes and add to it overtime, thereby boosting community-powered process generation.

Service #4

Quality control

MAD take complete ownership of the quality of delivery of our programmes delivered by our community partners across India. To ensure quality of programmes, we have internally developed a volunteer management tool, MADapp,which provides real-time information on the performance of every child and every volunteer in the MAD programme on a real-time basis. This information is used to nationally drive the quality standards. Additionally, every community partner is reviewed on Page 5 established quality standards on a monthly basis and held accountable for the quality standards maintained.

Service #5

Knowledge Exchange

Twice a year, young leaders from across the country are invited to Leadership Circles to participate in a unique learning process, as part of MAD's youth development programme: LxD (Leadership x Design). These conferences, by setting up an entrepreneurial space and facilitiating dialogue, provide a chance for these young leaders to have a say, or participate, in MAD’s growth, vision and future plans. MAD’s Leadershp Circles are intensive 3-4 day affairs where Fellows are put through path-making workshops, do-it-yourself sessions and intense debates, all with a view of increasing the efficiency of the functioning of MAD chapters across India.

Projects at MAD



To know more about MAD in your city, click on your city name on the map.


Make a Difference is a registered society under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. We are a 12A registered society with section 80(G) status of income tax act and we are eligible to receive foreign funding via the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. Our financial records are audited annually by M R Jayaprakash & Associates.

Financial efficiency is one of unique strengths of the MAD model. We developed a delivery network of volunteers across 23 cities in India to deliver high quality educational products at costs that make it financially viable. Every project in MAD is created ground-up, keeping financial efficiency and sustainability in mind.

MAD follows all financial regulations set forth for non-profits by the Government of India, and is audited annually.

Finance & Annual Reports

Savings in each of our project

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"Make a Difference is an amazing program designed and run by young adults
who recruit other young people, outstanding college students like themselves, to mentor and teach children
who haven't had the same chances in life as many of the mentors have had."

Michelle Obama
First Lady, United States of America
  • Miebach There was a lot of transparency in terms of what happened with the funds we could literally see the impact we were making. MAD encouraged direct involvement, so employees could contribute with their time as well. MAD was a very focused organization with one aim to educate children and Make A Difference in their lives. The impact was not diluted in any way.
  • YouthActionNet It is when we read a young MAD mentor's stories of students learning, dreaming, and believing that we truly understood the holistic revolution that MAD has begun. The staff at MAD are beautiful storytellers after managing their Starbucks Social Innovation grant, we truly can say without hesitation that they are making a big and lasting difference in the lives of many.
  • Salesforce It's a great platform for our employees to get out there and truly Make a Difference
  • Veeble As youth we fail in being a cog in the mighty wheel of change. Where we failed, we saw some people winning and that was MAD. We saw the grit in them. We wish to see MAD bring about a great leaders. This is our humblest of efforts in supporting MAD.
  • Veeble Its been a great experience working with Make A Difference over the last 3 years, being part of their projects and most of all interacting with the children. What we love most about MAD is the passion and commitment of the volunteers for their children. These young adults are inspiring and their energy is infectious.
  • ZOHO
  • Veeble

1. How do I volunteer with MAD?

Register on this website. As and when we have our next recruitment drive in your city, we'll be sure to inform you, either through email or by phone!

2. There is no MAD in my city! How do I start a new chapter?

We've currently put a hold on our geographical expansions as we wish to stabilize operations and implement various more processes within our existing chapters!

You could apply to start a new chapter on the website (Register button); as and when we roll out our expansions we'll be sure to consider your application and inform you regarding the same!

3. I applied a long time back, but you haven't called me!

Unfortunately, Make A Difference does not have round-the-year recruitment drives. We only recruit once at the beginning of the academic year! If your email ID and phone number are already in the database, somebody from your city will be getting in touch with you as and when a recruitment drive comes around to let you know about the recruitment drive.

Do check your mail, and keep your phone on!

4. Why does volunteering as a teacher with MAD require a one-year commitment?

Unfortunately, Make A Difference is not a short-term engagement. MAD teachers are expected to commit for the duration of one year.

Why? Because the children we teach have been abandoned several times in their lives. And we can't have teachers walk in and out, every other weekend. A constant and steady relationship is needed to cultivate that bond with them. MAD teachers don't just teach, they also serve as role models for these children. Hence. I hope you're able to understand the reasoning behind this request.

We're glad that you want to help out, but unfortunately, if you don't have a year to commit, you will not be able to fit into the system.

Do register on our website as and when you have settled down. We'd love to have you around!

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Bangalore, India