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
Learning to make a pattern
Learning to make a pattern

The YUM Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in Cipanas – West Java - has two levels of sewing classes: Basic and Intermediate. Every new participant at the YUM sewing class has to start from a Basic level. At this level, the students learn to make patterns, cutting, using a sewing machine to sew and stitch straight, and make simple outfits like children’s clothing.

Once they finished this level, the students will receive a small report about their achievements. YUM is not giving them a certificate because after evaluation, YUM realized that there were quite a few more techniques the students needed to learn. To obtain a certificate therefore, the students have to enroll in the Intermediate class. Meanwhile as they continue to the Intermediate level, the students learn to make adult clothing with more complicated tailoring skills such as pyjamas, dresses, skirts and trousers.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors, with your generous support the YUM VTC in Cipanas has been given opportunities to develop in order to help more people in the area.

Below is a comment from a former sewing class student:

“My name is Anissa. I love to design my own clothes, therefore I take this course so that I can make my own clothes. I am getting good at tailoring now and am also able to use a sewing machine, even though it is still in a basic way. Miss Ila, the tutor, is very friendly and easy to understand. I wish the YUM VTC will grow bigger than now and will be able to help more people in Cipanas.”

Learning to use sewing machine
Learning to use sewing machine
The clothing made by the students
The clothing made by the students
Miss Ila and her students
Miss Ila and her students
Miss Ida and her students
Miss Ida and her students
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The trainer explaining how to make a blog
The trainer explaining how to make a blog

In the last few months, in addition to the regular computer class, YUM-VTC held two special technical classes. First is a free Internet class for adults/parents, this is a pilot project initiated by one of our donors, Mr. Don Hall from the Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation. In the morning, the computer room is normally empty and at the same time, the parents of YUM Pre-school students are in the area. We realize their limitation when it comes to technology, meanwhile they want to support their child’s development and education in this challenging digital era. Therefore, running an Internet class for them to upskill would not only benefit the children but also give the adults extra skills and development opportunities.

The other special class is Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship training with YoExplore. They are a community based online marketplace for people to list and book unique travelling experience designed and/or delivered by locals. They use an online platform to reach a global market and contribute a positive social impact for local communities together with global travelers. For three days, the trainers delivered essential information and knowledge about promoting a brand using digital and social media. The materials were given to the class by using methods of interactive videos and presentations. Everyone was very curious and enthusiastic to understand what was delivered in this training, which was not only enjoyed by the VTC students but also by YUM’s staff.

 Parent & student testimony

“I was so delighted when YUM selected me as one of the participants for this training. The knowledge that I have now is very valuable; it makes me more confident to start my own business as soon as I graduate from school. “ Reza, High School student

“It has been so long since I have used a computer. Now, not only do I get better in using technology and support my child but I can make an email and Facebook account too. I enjoyed myself so much while I am in the classroom.” Tita, YUM Pre-school student parent.

With your incredible support, YUM is able to provide regular computer maintenance, stable internet connection and qualifiedtutors. These facilities enable us to run training and workshops that enrich the participant's skill. We hope that in the future this will assist them in obtaining work.

Thank you GlobalGiving donors.

Mr. Ryan help the mother to connect with internet
Mr. Ryan help the mother to connect with internet
Learning to make Facebook account
Learning to make Facebook account
Our project manager giving a brief for the parents
Our project manager giving a brief for the parents
VTC students at Digital Marketing workshop
VTC students at Digital Marketing workshop
VTC students with Miss Sari, YoExplore's trainer
VTC students with Miss Sari, YoExplore's trainer
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English students interaction with UWCSEA students
English students interaction with UWCSEA students

Last March, YUM’s projects in Cipanas, West Java welcomed students from the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) for their Project Week. The UWCSEA School has collaborated with YUM since 2011 sponsoring several education programs supporting disadvantage students in Cipanas. For three days in March, four students spent their time engaging with the children that they supported and participated in YUM’s activities.

Mr. Cecep’s English class had the opportunity to practice their English with these students. They started by introducing themselves and continued with questions & answers session, which our students found very interesting. They were quite shy at the beginning but as time went by they became more confident. Mr. Cecep continued to encourage his students to be more active. The sessions continued with a lesson about making words from random letters. The UWCSEA students helped the VTC students with their pronunciation. The students were happy and enjoyed every moment in the class.

This visit not only gives VTC students a beautiful and memorable experience but also built their confidence. Being able to practice their English with native speakers was an added value to their lesson. Ajeng, a VTC student, said that she never imagined before that she could directly meet and speak with a foreigner in her life. This experience has motivated her to learn more and study harder to make her dreams come true.

We are truly thankful for your generous support to the YUM Vocational Training Centre. With your donation we are able to provide qualified tutor like Mr. Cecep who is not only teaching but also encouraging the students to be more confident and to be more active in pursuing their future.

Arranging word from random letters
Arranging word from random letters
Playing games as well as learning English
Playing games as well as learning English
Learning together in group is much better!
Learning together in group is much better!
Our beloved tutor, Mr. Cecep
Our beloved tutor, Mr. Cecep
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With Yolanda and Samsul - YUM's project leaders
With Yolanda and Samsul - YUM's project leaders

A few days ago I visited YUM's community center in Cipanas, Indonesia, a town a few hours outside of Jakarta. I spent the whole day (from 6AM to 6PM!) with YUM staff and community members and came away from the day energized and inspired. Prior to 2009 the YUM's community center used to be an orphanage; however, in 2009, YUM held a community stakeholder meeting and there they identified the need for a facility centered on family services. The focus on family, community, and youth development was present in all aspects of my day at the community center. YUM's work in the community is quite impressive and it is important in my reflections of my day with YUM to note that the work they do is challenging. At one point, my tour guides mentioned that reading rates are low in the community. It was a challenge to get students to attend the newly built library, so they needed to be creative. They held events and opportunities besides reading to draw the community in. Eventually, they were able to encourage students to use the library to read and change the culture around literacy in the community.

I also visited YUM's Vocational Training Center on my tour. The unemployment rate for youth in Cipanas is over 60%.  YUM's early childhood programs will likely lower that in the future; however, while there is work being done to change unemployment for future youth, there needs to be programming done to assist the youth in the community today as well.

The VTC is YUM's way to address young adult poverty today. They offer computer training classes, English language classes, and sewing and fabric materials classes. These vocational programs offer youth skills that are applicable in the job market and community. Moreover, they are skills that give youth the opportunity to improve their community. I was encouraged by the people and tutors I met who work in the vocational training center. I strongly believe that community centered programs are the best way to address local problems (especially when government support is not around), and YUM's programs are a model for how a community can come together in a local and sustainable way to support the development of kids from the cradle to their careers. 

With YUM's Angklung kids
With YUM's Angklung kids
With YUM's women sewing project
With YUM's women sewing project
The students of YUM-VTC Cipanas
The students of YUM-VTC Cipanas
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Amalia
Amalia

Amalia is an 18-year-old high school student. Her father works part-time at the village office, while her mother is a housewife. She is the youngest child of four siblings. Her dream is to become a fashion designer who can create and sew her own clothing line.

She enrolled in a sewing classes with Ms. Ida as her tutor. She finds that Ms. Ida is a good teacher and very helpful during her course at the training centre.  Next term, she plans to enroll in English class because she understands the importance of English and would like to be able communicate with foreigners.  She wants to prepare herself to compete in the world of fashion.  She also hopes that in the future she will be able to provide employment opportunities for her relatives and neighbors.

Another story is about Bibah, a 30-year-old mother of an 8-year-old son. Her husband works as a part-time laborer in construction. Bibah only finished elementary school level in her education. Her parents could not afford to pay her school fees.  She promised herself that she would support her own child to complete a higher level of study that was not possible for her.

In October 2016, Bibah started to enroll in sewing classes at the YUM Vocational Training Centre in Cipanas. Her tutor was Ms. Ila. Bibah has improved her skills and confidence from the courses and started receiving sewing orders from her neighborhood. Her first order came from her next door neighbor to make a dress. At that time, Bibah was very nervous and afraid to make mistakes.

New orders for garments have come to Bibah. There are a minimum 5 orders from different customers every week. People love her work. The work has earned Bibah additional income for her family, which is important to offset the low-income periods that her husband encounters and to help her son continue to attend school.

Nowadays, Bibah has 1 sewing machine and 1 embroidery machine at her house. She hopes that in the future she will get more orders not only from individuals but also from schools, corporates and others. She hopes that with enough capital, she could run her own business and employ other people.

 

The transformational stories about Amalia’s dream and Bibah’s have been made possible with your support.  If you wish to continue helping (or if you know someone who might be interested) a $10 donation covers the cost of 1 tutor for one course session, which would give Ms. Ida and Ms. Ila more opportunities to share their knowledge to more students at the Cipanas Vocational Training Centre.

Amalia in Sewing class room
Amalia in Sewing class room
Bibah with her small family
Bibah with her small family
Bibah working room at her house
Bibah working room at her house
Bibah with her creation
Bibah with her creation
Bibah with her creation 2
Bibah with her creation 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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