AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Best Practices in Funding Under-Supported Youth Interventions for Systems Change

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)



Date & time


20 October 2022



20 October 2022

About this event

In a 2022 AVPN youth priority study, more than 50% of youths across emerging Southeast Asian markets said they struggled with their mental health within the last one month. In India alone, 383 youths die by suicide everyday.

The silver lining is that many funders are finally starting to recognise that mental health in Asia must become a top priority for youth development.

Yet, there is still a lack of long-term capital flowing into emerging fields such as mental wellbeing and social-emotional learning. Often deemed separate from mainstream education and healthcare interventions, these intersectional solutions often do not have the resources to keep up with the growing demand for such support.

What does it take to support and scale youth development solutions in under-supported need areas?

In this interactive virtual roundtable, AVPN invites funders, resource providers, and youth solutionists to:

  • Surface funding and infrastructural barriers facing organisations who are delivering systemic solutions for youths
  • Share best practices and engagement pathways to engage in long-term, youth development
  • Identify actionable steps to improve existing practices, both for funders and youth solutionists


Richa Gupta
Labhya Foundation


Labhya Foundation is a globally recognised Indian nonprofit that impacts over 2.4 million children and young people.

Richa has worked with education non-profits like Teach For India and Teach For All. Additionally, she has been recognised by the Takeda Foundation as the ‘Best Entrepreneur 2019’. Richa was also listed as the Women’s Forum Rising Talent 2020. Richa received her Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also served as a Ministerial Leadership Fellow. Richa serves on the advisory board of YuWaah, UNICEF India (Generation Unlimited India) and is SDG Young Leader recognised by the United Nations.

Supriya Balakrishnan
Investment Manager Lead,
LGT Venture Philanthropy (CIX)


Supriya leads LGT VP’s investment strategy in India and various deals in education, healthcare, and the environment sectors. She has over a decade of experience in investment banking, social sector consulting, impact investing and venture philanthropy.

Prior to LGT VP, Supriya worked at UNDP with the SDG Finance Facility, a platform for designing and incubating SDG-aligned financial instruments that crowd-in additional capital to focus on priority development challenges in India. She also worked at the Tata Trusts in the Managing Trustee’s Office, leading flagship programs across education, healthcare, and skilling. She started her development sector career at Dasra in the research and due diligence vertical, working across areas such as employability and healthcare. Supriya also spent her initial professional years in investment banking at JP Morgan, India.

Timing Session Speakers
5 mins Welcome Address Amanda Kee, Manager, Capital Mobilization, AVPN
20 mins Introductions and Fireside QnA  1. Rich Gupta, Co-Founder, Labhya Foundation

2. Supriya Balakrishnan, Investment Manager, LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation

30 mins Facilitated Breakout Discussions for Deep Dives
20 mins Key Takeaways and Reflections
10 mins Closing Remarks Amanda Kee, Manager, Capital Mobilization, AVPN

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