By Cahyono Agus - Human Resources Coordinator of YCM
Hi, I am Ono. I have 5 siblings, 4 older brothers and 1 older sister and I am the last kid from my family, my formal education was only primary school as my I cannot continue to higher education level because a year before I graduated from primary school my father passed away in an accident when he was working. Since then our financial situation which was already not good even getting worse after my father the bread winner of the family passed away. I cannot continue my study and decided to help my family by selling fries and breads from my neighbor (a small home industry) to earn a little amount of pocket money for 3 years, until I heard about YCM and finally decided to join with YCM in May 2005 when I was 15 years old. I knew YCM from my aunt who already joined with YCM before me. She said it is a good place to learn English and computer because it is free education for public mainly for underprivileged family. I lived not far from YCM, so since then I decided to come with my older brothers everyday morning and afternoon to learn English and computer even though English was the lesson that I did not like before but since I study in YCM it changed, because the way of teaching is different and fun. Now I have been at YCM for about 14 years already. In my first year of learning, I realized a big progress and improvement. YCM helps me to develop myself from knowing nothing until I know many things. I gain my confidence and could even speak English in within a year. But it was not enough for me, so I decided to study even more and harder. In my second year, Ibu Putu (one of the founders of YCM) asked me to help in teaching the kids in the afternoon. She asked me because she knew since the first time, I came to YCM and interviewed me,” what is your dream?” “I said, I would like to be a PPKN (general knowledge and moral values teacher Indonesian curriculum) teacher and a soccer player.” And she knows my talent in teaching. I grab this challenge and I really enjoy it and I feel like I found the real me. YCM’s people had motivate me a lot, YCM is a HOUSE of Dreams, where people or the youth like me did not dare to live our dreams or even to have dreams before. But at YCM we are encouraged to have our confidence in ourselves and dare to dream our dreams and make them come true. Since 2005 until nowadays, I have been here at YCM for about 14 years already and learned a lot from other people and also I learned the cross cultural with many volunteers that have been volunteering at YCM from different countries such as Germany, Australia and some other countries as well. Now I am an English/General Knowledge and Moral Values tutor at YCM and as a sport tutor for futsal, basketball and volleyball. And, I am one of the five core team members and I responsible as Human Resources Coordinator (HRC). Thanks Yayasan Cipta Mandiri, Global Giving, suppoters and donors to assist us to reach our dreams and to have better lives.
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