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
Mrs Ila and her student
Mrs Ila and her student

Hello dear donors,

We would like to share some wonderful news with you. First of all, since last month, the Indonesian government has relaxed the Covid protocols and all schools, and informal education institutions like ours, are gradually opening their doors. This means that those who are able to facilitate and implement the health protocols correctly, are given permission to run in-person classes. 

Secondly, we are thrilled to see that the young people in Cipanas, West Java, are even more motivated to acquire skills so that they have a better chance at finding jobs or starting a venture of their own. Seats for the Sewing classes at YUM’s Vocational Training Center (VTC) quickly filled up and over 40 students have enrolled this term! Since October, we have started five classes consisting of three beginner’s classes and two advanced classes. If everything goes accordingly, all students (including those enrolled in the English and Computer classes) will finish their courses and be granted a certificate by the end of December. 

One of the main causes of youth unemployment is a lack of skills. With your help, our Vocational Training Centre can continue providing work-readiness skills to vulnerable youth. This year #GivingTuesday takes place on November 30th. As you may know, this will be a global day of giving and it will be a great way to start getting into the ‘giving back holiday’ spirit! If you’d like to participate and join millions of global givers, save the date and donate at this link https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-skills-for-indonesian-unemployed-youth/

Thank you again for your amazing contribution!



Learning how to use the Sewing machine
Learning how to use the Sewing machine
A student with her creation; a children clothing
A student with her creation; a children clothing
Boy also can join the Sewing class
Boy also can join the Sewing class
Body temperature check is an obligation
Body temperature check is an obligation
Hands cleaning before and after the class
Hands cleaning before and after the class
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Nurohmah, one of the FL workshop participants
Nurohmah, one of the FL workshop participants

The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the situation of employment all around the world, including in Indonesia. Many employees have reduced working hours, delays in salary payment and even faced redundancy. According to the Smeru Research Institute in Indonesia, youth employment is very much affected by the pandemic. The high rate of youth unemployment will continue to rise if the youth are not receiving the skills and training they need. In 2020, one out of four Indonesian youth was unemployed, not in school, and not in any skill training.

YUM’s Vocational Training Center in Cipanas offers Financial Literacy workshops to youth so they are better prepared for formal employment and have a better understanding of their financial health. The workshop teaches students about a variety of issues, from managing their finances to financial planning for entrepreneurs. At YUM, we believe that financial literacy is crucial especially for young adults who will eventually earn an income, so they can manage their money, understand savings and prevent them from making poor financial decisions.

Last semester, we successfully organized both online and offline workshops. A first workshop involved a relatable, young financial consultant from Jakarta who shared his knowledge about how to manage personal finance. A second one was an online workshop taught by a team of lecturers from Bina Nusantara University. For two days, the students received training around the topics of Accounting, E-payment and a quick look at Venture Capital. In total, 43 students attended the workshops.

Evlyansa, a Grade 12 student, said: “This is my first experience participating in an activity with the theme of Financial Literacy. We were taught to make future financial planning and calculate the emergency fund we needed since our teenage years. It was delivered in a fun and easy way to understand.”

In other news: YUM’s 2020 Annual Report has been published! Find out more about all our activities by going to YUM 2020 Annual Report

 

Also, this year YUM is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Mrs. Ismana Haryono, a member of our Board of Supervisors, has been with us for more than 40 years. She shares her memories about the beginnings of YUM and her wish for YUM’s future. Please take a few minutes to watch the video atReminiscing YUM's Beginnings: How it all started and the challenges faced

 

Last but not least, out of 400+ entries, YUM has been selected as a Finalist for the 2021 GlobalGiving Photo Contest!! Voting starts TODAY, Monday, August 16th, 2021 until Friday, August 20th. Please go and vote for our photo so we can get a chance to win up to $1,000 in support of our COVID-19 relief program. You can see our photo here: https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=1534

All of the participants at online FL workshop
All of the participants at online FL workshop
Mr. Nicko sharing about managing personal finance
Mr. Nicko sharing about managing personal finance
Learning about the users of Accounting Information
Learning about the users of Accounting Information
Day 1- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
Day 1- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
Day 2- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
Day 2- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
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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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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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