To realise the development vision, FST identified the followings as key strategic target groups.
Youth Groups – About 60% of the populations of India are in the age group of 13-35. This presents a unique opportunity for India to develop the youth as possible leaders on different issues. At the same time youth from the region have been different issues. Identity crisis is one for them. The question such as “who am I; am I an Indian, Bodo, Assamese, Naga or North easterner” is plaguing the youth. Aggravating the problem of identity is the feeling of a cultural up-rootedness. Without placing blame on any factor, it must be said that the change in the ways of living and thinking brought about by modern education, the political and economic systems that were introduced have added to the confusion. Our youth are living with conflict – insurgency and ethnic. Where do these conflicts leave the young people? Entire generations have grown up in this poisonous atmosphere of conflict. These are questions that need to be answered for unleashing the power that the young represent. FST believes that youth of the region has tremendous potential if harnessed and mentored in right manner. They need proper platform. FST recognises the potential of the youth and have been working with them since inception.
Women Groups – Women are an integral part of FST’s work. They are crosscutting in all our principles, approaches and programmes. A society cannot progress if women are in disadvantage position. Development is not inclusive and sustainable if is gender biased. It is often women who are in disadvantage position. FST believes that women need specific attention to make our programme more sustainable.
Marginalised Groups – FST recognises some of the marginalised groups (MG) in NE India to include women with disabilities, LGBTIQ, occupational minorities such as domestic workers, daily wage labourers, construction workers, street vendors etc.; ethnic minorities (e.g. Adivasi community in Assam, Kokborok tribes of Tripura, Lepchas in Sikkim etc), and religious minorities (Bengali speaking Muslims in Assam); development induced displaced groups, conflict impacted groups.