Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
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Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Congratulation on your graduation!
Congratulation on your graduation!

When the pandemic hit Indonesia and schools were asked to close, our Vocational Training Centre found itself also closing all our doors and stopping all our English, Computer and Sewing classes. In the beginning, we continued keeping in touch with our students via Whatsapp but we knew we had to do something to keep our students’ motivation to learn alive. The English class was the only class that could be run online as it did not require any equipment such as computers and sewing machines.

We did a variety of different digital activities. The first one was online learning with English teachers and students from Bina Nusantara University, followed by videos of lessons created by our English tutors and shared through a WhatsApp group. The videos explained the lessons based on the module that each student had received. At the end of the video, there was an assignment. 

As much as we tried to make these lessons interesting and fun for the students, many of them had difficulties keeping up with the online classes. Students were juggling learning alone at home and plenty of school assignments as a result of school closure. We highly appreciate all the efforts of our tutors who, despite all of the difficulties, managed to motivate their students to participate in these online classes, submit their assignments, attend the English Online Class with Bina Nusantara University (Binus), and complete the final exam. We kept the sessions and the lessons quite simple for this batch because we did not want to burden our students with more work. 

At the end of the course, we granted all our students a Certificate of Participation. The certificates were given to the students as an appreciation of their commitment to complete the chosen session from the modules even though they were unable to fully attend all their classes. In the future, we will continue to find innovative ideas for learning for the English class as well as other classes too. Hopefully, in the near future, we can apply for permission to run small group classes face-to-face to help the students to catch up on their lessons. 

It’s not only in CIpanas that we try to be innovative and find ways for students in rural areas to keep learning. Check out a video of the activities of our library in Kalimantan " YUM Community Library in Kalimantan  "- we hope through this video that you will be able to transport yourself to Central Kalimantan!

On another note, we had the honor to be interviewed by GlobalGiving for their recent article called  "Education in the COVID-19 era" in which YUM’s Executive Director, Vanessa Reksodipoetro, was one of the contributors. Read the article to find out the challenges that students are facing around the world and how we, as nonprofits on the ground, are helping students bridge the gaps.

Mr. Cecep hands over certificates to his student
Mr. Cecep hands over certificates to his student
Let's hear what Lisa says
Let's hear what Lisa says
Let's hear what Santi says
Let's hear what Santi says
Randy has completed all of his assignments
Randy has completed all of his assignments
Thank you for your hard work!
Thank you for your hard work!
Keep your learning spirit alive!
Keep your learning spirit alive!
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VTC will have more online class this year
VTC will have more online class this year

Dear friends and supporters,

Happy New Year!

We wish you a new year filled with peace, joy, and prosperity! We survived 2020 and thrived because of your continued support. We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services because of the generosity and commitment of people like you.

As we begin this new year, we are thrilled to inform you that Yayasan Usaha Mulia's project https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-promote-good-reading-habits-in-kalimantan/  has been chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for January 2021! Our project to enhance the quality of literacy and education in Central Kalimantan was duly selected from a pool of more than 5,000 nonprofit projects in 170+ countries. Nearly 3,000 donors come together and make monthly donations to keep the Project of the Month going. This extra support means the world to us—and to the children living in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan. 

Since the government has mandated school closure as well as all training centers, the Vocational Training Centre in Cipanas is still closed for the public. The area in which the training center is located still has a high number of COVID-19 cases. However, with your donations, we have found ways to still run online classes, at least for our English class. This year we plan to extend the online classes beyond English and introduce Financial Literacy, Digital Marketing, and many others. YUM plans to collaborate with third parties in conducting these sessions. We hope to find partners from professional fields, universities, and corporates.  

We look forward to continuing our efforts and keep connecting with the youth who can benefit from our programs and we can only achieve that with your continued compassion and generous support. 

 

Sincerely,

Yolanda

Project Leader

Please, always put your mask on!
Please, always put your mask on!
Washing hand before join the class
Washing hand before join the class
YUM provides internet access for the participants
YUM provides internet access for the participants
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YUM's English online class with Binus University
YUM's English online class with Binus University

Dear friends,

We are all in uncharted waters. COVID-19 is present nearly everywhere, and our community is no exception. While much of this is out of our control, we continue to try to find ways to serve our students as best we can.

After a few months of hoping that the pandemic ends and we can open our classes again, we came to the realization that we had to adapt. Unfortunately, the only course that could be run online is the English course - Computer and Sewing classes needing the students to actually come and use our machines. 

We focused on our last batch of English students who did not get to finish their course due to the pandemic. Our tutors decided that they would make videos explaining each lesson based on the modules. At the end of each video, they give the weekly assignment. Each student already owns the English module and can work with them at home, and they deliver their work by sending a picture to their tutors. Of course, this is not 100% successful. Some students have difficulties connecting to the internet, some don’t have working devices or some might be busy with their schoolwork. However, this new online course was greatly appreciated by most, who were missing the fun they had learning English at our training center.

Another fun activity that we were able to organize for our English class was a collaboration with a highly reputable university, Bina Nusantara University (Binus), where for two days, our students had the opportunity to practice their English in online conversation classes led by the Binus English teachers. They practiced self-introduction and had conversations around daily activities. The students were shy at the beginning, but on the second day, they became more relaxed and were much more talkative. 

We believe that children, especially those in rural areas, need quality education now more than ever, so we will be participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign on GlobalGiving. We’d love you to join us and donate to this project because GlobalGiving has $1,000,000 in matching funds for all donations received on December 1st! Will you help us continue to provide much-needed skills to our youth?

 

Stay safe! 

Yolanda

Sharing computer due to lack of online devices
Sharing computer due to lack of online devices
A student from the latest batch of English class
A student from the latest batch of English class
She is excited to practise her English
She is excited to practise her English
Learning about English daily activity conversation
Learning about English daily activity conversation
All the participants of Binus English online class
All the participants of Binus English online class
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YUM VTC on presentation
YUM VTC on presentation

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

On behalf of Yayasan Usaha Mulia, I would like to express how grateful we are for your generosity and support to our "Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth" project on  GlobalGiving.

Ever since the project was posted in 2012, we have received continued support. This has given us the possibility to help hundreds of young people by providing employable skills such as Computer and English, as well as self-employable skills such as Sewing. Very recently, we increased the funding goal on our fundraising page because though our current circumstances do not allow us to open classes, we’re dedicated to finding ways to serve our constituents and hope to resume our classes soon, be it online or in very small groups. Right now, the only course that is able to run online are the English classes. 

With the youth unemployment rate in Indonesia being the highest in Asia in 2019, the pandemic is likely to further increase the problem. That’s why we believe that it will be crucial for our youth to get the skills they need to get a job or start their own business. We are confident that once we get the green light from our government, allowing us to open our classes (even in smaller groups), there will be many students looking forward to these training.

If you are interested to learn more about our project and how we are coping during COVID-19, recently we were invited by GlobalGiving during a Peer Learning Network webinar to present our vocational training work with you and the impact COVID-19 has had on our work. Representing YUM was Yolanda Nilasari (our Program Development and Donor Relations Coordinator), which you might know as our Project Leader on GlobalGiving. The webinar was attended by 28 participants from various countries such as Italy, Panama, Burundi, USA, Nigeria, and others. For more details about the webinar, you can either read our blog post:

https://www.yumindonesia.org/blog-detail/spurring-economic-development-through-education or see the full webinar on Youtube: Peer Learning Network: Spurring Economic Development Through Education

On that note, once again we thank you for your support to this project and we hope that you will remain committed to our efforts in providing vocational training to youth in Indonesia.

Disclaimer: all photos in this report were taken before COVID-19.

Stay safe and well,

 

Vanessa Reksodipoetro

Executive Director

Sewing class
Sewing class
English class: Practising with foreigner
English class: Practising with foreigner
Computer class
Computer class
Financial Literacy workshop
Financial Literacy workshop
Job Seeking Skill workshop
Job Seeking Skill workshop

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YUM's special task force for Covid-19 response
YUM's special task force for Covid-19 response

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

How are you? I hope this letter finds you well in these unprecedented times.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every individual's life on earth. The virus has created significant social and economic changes in our daily lives besides affecting our health. Until a vaccine or a cure is found, everyone is at risk from being exposed to the virus. One of the global actions taken by the world leaders, to slow the spread of the virus, is to close public facilities and request people to maintain physical distance by staying, studying and working from home. 

The Indonesian government resorted to the same action and mandated the closure of public facilities including schools. It began in March and continues until further notice. YUM’s management fulfilled the mandate by closing all of the activities that involved gathering of people in groups, such as the community library, afternoon tutoring activities and of course, the Vocational Training Centre (VTC). 

There will be no activity at YUM VTC building until the government mandates that it is safe to gather. But it does not mean that YUM will remain silent. As we are committed to serving the communities both in West Java and Central Kalimantan, we continue to keep our communication open with the VTC students through social media and Whatsapp groups. We are regularly updating our students about the latest information on Covid-19 and its prevention. Last month we also distributed hygiene kits to more than 100 VTC students. As schools continue to remain closed, children in rural areas struggle to receive the quality education that they deserve.

We know that this might not be easy for you too. But this is also the time when these underprivileged and disadvantaged youth need our help more than ever. Therefore, with your kind and generous support, let us unite and work together to continue to uplift their lives.

Last, but not least, we wish you and everyone good health always. Stay safe everyone.

Kind regards,

Yolanda

The hygiene kits distribution
The hygiene kits distribution
The hygiene kits distribution 2
The hygiene kits distribution 2
The hygiene kits  for VTC's students
The hygiene kits for VTC's students
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits 2
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits 2
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Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
Yolanda Utami Nilasari
Program Development and Donor Relations Coordinator
Jakarta, Indonesia
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