Magic Bus Sports for Development Program

Magic Bus uses a sports-based curriculum and local youth mentors to engage children in the areas of gender equity, education, health, leadership, and non-cognitive skills.
1999India

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

Maharasthra, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Rajasthan, Bihar, Goa , Jharkhand , Madhya Pradesh , Goa Mumbai, Noida, Thane, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vizag, Mysore, Chennai, Jaipur, Ranchi, Keonjar, Goa Peri-Urban, Rural, Urban

Magic Bus engages children and youth from slums using the medium of sports to impart knowledge in health, education, gender,  and leadership. It supports participants after their completion of the program until they are connected to livelihood and vocational opportunities.

It delivers a sports-based life skills program for children in the age group of 8-18 years who come from deprived background. Magic Bus recruits local youth volunteers above 17 years of age and trains them in delivering the program to the children. These youth conduct weekly sessions for a period of three years and strive to bring about behavioral changes. To garner the support of the community, meetings with parents are organized in addition to rallies, cleanliness drives, and sporting events.

Magic Bus delivers the program through a 120-hour curriculum with numerous games and activities to make it attractive for the children. The children are encouraged and supported to relate the games to their real life situations and challenges. The engagement renders the participants more responsible and employable, facilitating their transition to livelihoods and employment. For those completing the program, a youth development platform (called Connect) is provided through which the youth are trained in leadership and employability skills. They are also provided with support in developing decision-making skills. 

Under each state head, District Program Managers (DPM) and Training & Monitoring Officers (TMO) oversee the programs. While the DPMs are in charge of day to day activities, TMOs train the youth volunteers on the field.  Each youth volunteer is in charge of a group of 25 children.

Magic Bus utilizes existing structures within communities such as NGO’s, local schools, and Panchayats. As a result of the program, over 250,000 children and youth today have access to better education, improved health situations, better understanding of gender sensitive issues, and are working towards strong livelihood opportunities as adults.

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