SPYM – India

Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses

Established in 1986, the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM) is an Indian organization dedicated to reaching out to the most disadvantaged sections of society

literacy programme

A literacy programme in one of SPYM’s juvenile reception centre in India- Photo: SPYM, all rights reserved

Logo SPYMSince its inception, SPYM has been dedicated to reaching out to the most disadvantaged sections of Indian society, with a strong focus on community mobilization, health care and socio-economic development.

Intervention Areas

Addiction prevention and treatment (drugs and alcohol), HIV/AIDS prevention and support to people living with HIV/AIDS, support to the homeless, sexual and reproductive health, research and studies

SPYM at a Glance

+ than 200

Employees and volunteers and 17 facilities throughout the country

1,686 people

Have benefited from one of the organization’s drug treatment programmes in 2017

308 professionals

Have benefited of addiction training programmes (health professionals, police personnel, youth protection staff, etc.) in 2017

16,000 children

Have taken training and non formal education classes in 2017

Programmes and Activities

  • Addiction treatment and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders
  • Reception, housing, rehabilitation, medical assistance, non-formal education, sports and vocational training for children aged 7 to 17 (boys) with problematic substance abuse
  • Same program for women and teenage girls
  • Drug treatment and rehabilitation centres for men
  • Substance abuse awareness and life skills education programmes in penitentiaries
  • Penitentiary Outreach Program for Substance Abuse and Life Skills Promotion
  • Opioid substitution treatment programmes
  • Community intervention and early prevention programmes for children aged 7 to 17
  • School-based outreach programmes
    Substance abuse awareness and training programmes for professionals (health, police and judiciary personnel)

SPYM and the Sustainable Development Objectives


sdg-03-04-16In 2017 SPYM implemented accredited training programmes for 308 professionals from health, public safety and legal sectors. These programmes deal with addiction and the respectful care of the dignity of individuals. In addition, SPYM’s training and non-formal education programmes have helped more than 16,000 children and have had a direct impact on the progress of SDGs 3 (health and well-being), 4 (education) and 16 (justice and peace).


goal 3: healthIn 2017 SPYM implemented residential and outpatient addiction treatment programmes that supported 1,686 people, thus contributing to sustainable development goal #3, target #5 (prevention and treatment of substance abuse) The programmes are based on a holistic approach to the development and rehabilitation of individuals, with the support of their families and the community in general.


  • Associate member of Dianova International
  • Member of the Juvenile Justice Committee, Delhi High Court
  • Member, Statutory Committee, Delhi Legal Services Authority
  • Member, Central Advisory Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
  • Member of Board, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
  • Member of International Society of Substance Use Prevention & Treatment Professionals
  • Member, Technical Resource Groups (TRGs), National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India
  • Member of Steering committee Project H-13, UNODC for the SAARC countries
  • National Secretary, Federation of Indian NGOs for Drugs and AIDS Prevention (FINGODAP)
  • Secretary, Indian Harm Reduction Network (IHRN)
  • Secretary, SAARC Forum for Civil Society Organisations
  • Secretary, Association of Resource Managers against Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ARMADA)
  • Consultative Status, ECOSOC

Contact Information

  • Address: SPYM Centre, 111/9, Opposite Sector B-4, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi- 110070 (India)
  • Web site: www.spym.org