Rameses, manager of our Career Development Project (CDP), reports: “Our Career Development Program have finished a comprehensive three-week career-readiness workshop entitled “Start-Up!”.
The goals were to teach hard and soft skills in order to increase the confidence, knowledge and capabilities of the trainees, so helping them to perform well and thrive in the workplace. 26 graduates from college and ALS (Alternative Learning System; out-of-school youth) senior high school level were participating. Most of them are planning to go full throttle in starting their careers after the workshop and aim to be more confident and prepared, while others increased their career knowledge in preparation for what’s next for them as they move up to their next level of education.
They focused on discovering more about oneself, considering that one of the foundations of a successful career plan is self-awareness. This involves understanding their own values, personalities and passion, as well as building up their confidence by looking at their skills and competencies.
Lyka, one of the participants shared, “Because of the sessions, I learned to recognize myself and acknowledge my own skills and strengths. I can say that I became more confident, not only in front of everybody, but with myself as well."
Other topics focused on more technical topics, such as: self-presentation, résumé-making, email etiquette, time and task management, personal finance and budgeting, and job interviews."
It is exciting to see the opportunities lying ahead after the workshop!
In 2019 about 1000 families were relocated by the government to ‘Ericka Louise Ville’ (Naic, Cavite). Most of them came from the slums in Manila, including 60 of our beneficiaries.
Young Focus is now constructing a student center on 250 m2 of land near where these families live. This building will serve as a central location from which Young Focus can conduct and coordinate student and school activities. The main meeting room will be big enough for at least 100 people.
Tutorials and life skills sessions for students
Training for parents on family care
Computer lab and library for student use
Education for children who have dropped out of school
See our artist’s impression of the building below. Doesn’t it look amazing! There’s enough space for more than 100 students or parents in this new center!
A dream will finally come true for our students living in Naic, Cavite: for the last four years they haven’t been able to receive all the services we’ve wanted to give them… Also, with this building, more students will be able to enroll in our sponsorship program, plus education can be given to school dropouts and preschoolers.
The last few months of 2022 were quite exciting. Young Focus started to plan a new center in Cavite - this is a new relocation area 40km south of our present centers in Tondo, Manila. Many people from Tondo have been relocated to Cavite by the government. Just before Christmas 2022 we started with the construction of this new center. It should be ready by July 2023 - just before the new school year 2023-2024 starts. More to follow soon!
Another special event in December was a Christmas party we organized for the school drop-outs children. The Christmas Party was a lot of fun with games, prizes, performances and food! During our this party we also had a goodbye for our dear teacher Rebecca, who has spearheaded the Love2Learn program for 11 years! There were tears of sadness, but there was also joy and gratefulness as we expressed our appreciation as students and co-staff. Rebecca has seen literally hundreds of school drop-outs go through the Love2Learn program, children who were then able to enroll into elementary school… some even reached college!
Nevertheless, the vision of reaching out tho the school drop-out children continues. Even in the new center in Cavite, we are planning to set up a special program for school drop-outs. Unfortunately more school drop-outs have been recorded in the Philippines since the pandemic. More help is needed to get these children back into school. Thank you for being part of that vision! And a very happy year to you all!
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