VTC has started its third term since January 7th, 2013 by opening 10 classes of 4 training types; Computer, English, Sewing and Hospitality. Upon the registration and placement test, VTC accepted around 161 participants. Comparing to previous term, number of participants in 3rd term is 25% less due to lack of funding to open more classes.
In this term, we still implement the same regulations and system which is only those who pass the final test and meet 70% of the attendance will receive certificate and 100% refund. However, those who have less than 70% attendance will only receive 50% refund and not receive certificate.
The enthusiasm of participants at the beginning was high which is shown on the attendance list in the first 4 weeks. After 4 weeks running the 3rd term, VTC face challenges especially to maintain its attendance rate. Some of participants had to discontinue due to time conflict with their other activities schedule at school which include final exam preparation or internship program.
With all the challenges faced, we do believe that through a sincere purpose to help disadvantaged youths, to enable them to compete in job market, there is always a way to get through the challenges. In order to ensure the project implementation meet the objective, we schedule and perform regular monitoring and evaluation. In the same time, we strive to accommodate more beneficiaries who are unable to get the opportunity to attend the trainings by providing several workshops; Computer Teacher Workshop, English Teacher Workshop, Sewing Workshop and Job Seeking Skills Workshop.
As results the workshops indeed attract many participants and we received positive feedback and request from participants for conducting similar workshops on regular basis. In total our workshops attended by 34 teachers and 148 students.
Thanks to all volunteers who gave their time and effors to share the knowledge and experience in VTC programs which benefit to all participants. Following are some testimonials from participants:
“It’s very interesting and can be used in the school.” Heri, a teacher from SDN Cikole.
“Hopefully there will always be more training to improve the quality of teaching. It's very attractive, innovative and fun.” Zaeni Arief Al Rasyid, a teacher from SMPN 1 Sukaresmi.
Currently, VTC is finalizing the 3rd term by conducting final test in order to measure improvement of each participants from what they received in the last 3 months of training. We have a great hope that the students can benefit from VTC and be able to implement it in their life; not only to improve their skills and knowledge to face the world of work but also to contribute in reducing the unemployment rate. As a vanguard, VTC always try to voice the needs of those in need, especially for disadvantaged youths around Cipanas YUM Village.
Happy New Year 2013!!! May the spirit of the New Year bless us all to do the best that we can do.
The YUM Vocational Training Centre (VTC) proudly announces that the Second Term (from September until December 2012) has ended.
Starting on September 10th 2012, the VTC Second Term welcomed around 316 students in 5 types of classes including English Classes, Computer Classes, Sewing Classes, Job Seeking Classes and Hospitality Class. This second term has been provided 20 classes with an average 10 to 20 students per class. Learning from the implementation of the VTC’s first term, in the second term, we had a chance to perfect the previous system in order to create a better impact and result for 3 months.
During this 3 months period, implementation of the Second Term VTC was divided into 3 steps: preparation, implementation and evaluation or final test. The preparation was held to prepare the system, the tutors, the schedule, and the registration process. With help from the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA), the Priscilla Hall Memorial Fund (PHMF) and also donors through GlobalGiving, we were able to reach more disadvantaged youths and open a new hospitality class.
After the preparation was set, in order to attain commitment from the participants, we gave orientation to all participants explaining the rules and regulations. We are very happy with the implementation of the second term as we managed to enforce the regulations and build better understanding with the participants; those who were not responsible were reminded of these rules and regulations. Those who passed the final test and met 70% of the attendance would get a certificate and their deposit would be 100% refundable. If the percentage of the attendance is less than 70%, then the deposit will be only 50% refunded and the participants will not receive a certificate.
As a result, from a total of 316 participants enrolled at the time of registration, at the end of the session only 250 participants were allowed to follow the final test due to their absence on 3 consecutive days without any notice. In the end, after all the curriculums were taught, the final test was held. The final test was divided into two types; theory and practice, to ensure that the students understood both the theory and the practice, which they would have to face when they work. Conducted in early December, this final test determined the students' graduation.
From 250 students who followed the final test, about 228 students or 91.20 % of students were eligible to receive a certificate while the rest of students who failed to meet 70% attendance were only given information on their test result. What a great improvement from the first term before!
Therefore, based on these successes, as well as the spirit and hopes of the New Year 2013, we hope that we can provide better training through the VTC. Currently, we are preparing for the Third Term of the VTC for around 200 students and we will start on January 7th, 2012.
Also, as a reminder for donations option, GlobalGiving provides Monthly Recurring Donation Option for your convenience if you want to donate regularly every month. This monthly recurring donations will really help us to plan VTC programs, create budgets, and expand services.
Hopefully with the support from all of you, we can always continue to help disadvantaged youths around the Cipanas YUM Village to enhance their soft skills and help them to find a job and decrease the unemployment rate in the area. Thank you!
The first term of the PHMF funded Vocational Training Center (VTC) has finally ended and we are proud to announce that around 70.5% or 146 students out of 207 students who followed the test were able to get the certificate!
These students are ones who passed the final exam and had more than 70 % attendance. This percentage is actually less than the total participants who passed the exam, however some of them are not entitled to receive a certificate due to their absenteeism. We applied this system in order to educate students to be committed and disciplined.
Moreover, we also conducted a questionnaire distribution to analyze the satisfaction of students and tutors about VTC’s services to know whether our services was good or not and how to improve the VTC’s services.
Based on the questionnaire given, we can summarize that both tutors and students feel satisfied with VTC and hope that it can be sustainable to help more destitute people in Cipanas. What they enjoyed the most were the tutors, the lessons given and the facilities provided during the training. Teaching with a fun atmosphere made the students love to learn and hoped that this class was not just for the short term. They even hoped that the VTC could open more classes with innovative teaching methods to become more modern and fun so it would not be boring.
Their dreams came true. In June, we received confirmation that the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA), based in Singapore, agreed to support the VTC for 3 months and not long after, the Priscilla Hall Memorial Fund (PHMF) said they would continue to support the VTC. Also, last but not least, donors through GlobalGiving kept coming to help us realize this opportunity. With this support, we were able to open more classes than we had intended to. So, we divided the classes into beginner classes and advanced classes to accommodatethe aspirations of the new students and senior students who wish to continue their studies to a higher level.
In total, we were able to have 20 classes with 316 students!!! That is amazing! We have 2 classes of Sewing Classes to make clothes, 2 classes of Sewing Classes to make crafts, 1 Job Seeking Skills Classes, 7 English Classes, 7 Computer Classes and 1 Hospitality Class. This is an amazing effort to accommodate the community needs for informal education to help poor youths in Cipanas in finding a job to decrease unemployment.
At the same time as this was happening, we thought to revise the system of our services at the VTC and simplify the tasks of the tutors, administrators and staffs without diminishing the quality of their work and even to enable them to upgrade their work result. A new administrator was hired to handle all of the administration system such as registration, schedule, absenteeism, cash deposit, certificate and also the promotion of the VTC to communities around YUM. Some new tutors were also hired to accommodate all the classes like a Hospitality tutor, a Job Seeking Skills tutor, and also a Computer tutor. Hopefully all these new systems can maximize the VTC’s services and our purpose to decrease unemployment can be reached.
We know that all of this achievement cannot be implemented without the support and donations from our generous donors. To add more good news, GlobalGiving announced that they are offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project at 12:01 am EDT (or 11:00am Indonesia time) on October 17, 2012 in BONUS DAY. There is $50,000 in matching funds to distribute amongst projects up on GlobalGiving. The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
YUM would like to make the most of this amazing opportunity, and we can’t do it without your help. This BONUS DAY will only happen on October 17th, so if you are to help, please share this message to your friends and family. Please let them know to wait until October 17th before making their donations.
Tank you very much for all your help and for being a part of our success through VTC in helping poor youths in Cipanas. Hopefully, God will bless you with lots of happiness and fortune.
I hope this letter finds you well. I am Erin and in this opportunity, I would like to thank you and everybody who help me through “Help Erin Get a University Education in Bandung (#10935)” microproject, so I can continue my education at University. I wish God will bless you with lots of happiness and fortune.
I was born in Pemalang, Central Java on March 3rd, 1994. I remember that when I was a little kid and studied at elementary school, my father did not have a fixed job. He only worked when someone asked him for helps, so it was ,my mother who had to work hard to support our life. I am very proud of her and I have a dream to change my family life condition and make my parents proud of me. I am the fifth child with four sisters and two brothers. Due to our financial condition all of my older siblings were only able to finish their education until Junior High School level.
In this opportunity, I also would like to share with you about how I decided to move to Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) in Cipanas, West Java. It was in 2006 when I just graduated from elementary school, my mother came to me and asked me if I would like to move to Cipanas to continue my study. It is hard for me to decide but she convinced me that it would be the best way for me and my family. She had great expectation that I could continue my education as high as possible. So, I decided to leave my family and promised to myself that I would not disappoint my mother. At the beginning, it was hard for me to live in Cipanas; I often missed my family back home. I wanted to return to my family but I reconsidered again and thought that I had to do this for my family. Here in Cipanas I was offered better education and facilities and one day I can improve my family life.
In cipanas, YUM gave me an oppurtunity to go to study at the best Junior High School in that area called SMPNi 1 Sukaresmi. Everyday I tried to adjust myself to local culture, language and new people. My grade for Sundanesse subject in first semester was not really good, since my hometown is in Pemalang, Central Java and YUM is in Cipanas, West Java, these two locations have different language. However, fortunately I got the first rank in my class! I was very happy with the result J. At second class of junior high scholl, I was selected to represent my school in math competition among Junior High School students in District level and I got the third place. I graduated from Junior High School in 2009 and continue to Senior High School at my favorite school, SMAN 1 Sukaresmi. At that time, like other students, I never thought that I would study at university since it would cost a lot and my family didn’t have a lot of money. Finishing my high school was already a fortune for me and my family. However, I didn’t want to be hopeless and pry for a miracle.
Although, I didn’t know who would pay my expenses in university, when I graduated from Senior High School, I tried to enter university thru an invitation. But i failed, so I tried again thru national selection. I was accepted in Animal Science Faculty of Padjdjaran University. I think it will be easier for me to get a job after I graduate. I learn that there are many people graduated from animal science faculty become a success person. Sometimes I feel upset when people don’t understand about this faculty. They think that after graduation, I only can work as an animal shepherd. It encourages me to prove it that what they say is not true and I will be success.
After graduate from university, I want to work in a company to earn money, so when I have a lot of money, I will use it to establish a restaurant providing all animal products. The money will also give me an opportunity to continue my study to master degree so I can become a lecturer in university. However, my first goal is to run a restaurant business.
Since I study at university, I gain a lot of benefits and my parents are very proud of myself. I also can motivate my younger brother and sister to keep stay at school and study as high as possible.
That is all I can tell about myself and all I can do now is to thank you and your friends for your help.
Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Indonesia:
On July 17, after viewing Yayasan Usaha Mulia’s library, I went on to see the vocational training program for local youth. There, I met YUM’s bookkeeper. When he was in 4th grade he was orphaned, so he was brought to YUM’s center. He stayed in YUM’s program and now works for the organization. I asked him to describe YUM and he said, “a place where you are happy.”
The first program I saw that day was the sewing class. This program teaches young adults to make clothes, bags, and using recycled scraps for creative products. I sat down with one of the students, a young man who hoped to one day become a tailor and design his own clothes. I then spoke with another young woman named Aji who was 16 and in her 3rd year of senior high school. I asked her why she took sewing class, and she said because she could make more friends and she wanted to be a professional designer. All of the youth explained to me when they are not in school they are usually helping the family or working. The classes had not only young women, but also a few young men working just as hard to develop skills for a career after.
Next, I sat in on the computer-training course. The 2 trainers were former students of the class themselves. The girl trainer explained to me she wanted to go to school, but after elementary her parents could not pay. YUM helped pay for her costs and now she loves math, hopes to share her knowledge, and to attend university to be a chemical engineer. She was an extremely bright and mature young woman still in high school.
Aris, from YUM, explained to me 75% of youth going through the vocational training program receive jobs. If they don’t get a job, local youth marry young or become a domestic or labor workers. To read more about my experience, be sure and check out: JacquelineInTheField Blog.
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