Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
Harris-VTC Former Student
Harris-VTC Former Student

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

My name is Haris, and I come from a disadvantaged family in Cipanas; my father is a farmer and my mother is a housewife. I am the fifth child from 11 siblings.

I joined the Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) Vocational Training Centre in 2011, enrolling in both computer and English classes. Before, I was only able to use Microsoft Word, but now I am able to operate most basic computer applications and use the Internet. At the beginning, I found English was very difficult and complicated. However, the tutor at YUM was very helpful and motivating, so I became engaged, learned more vocabulary, and had fun learning with the other students.

I am now working as the shopkeeper at one of the well-known supermarkets in Indonesia. Since Cipanas is a tourism area, sometimes I have foreign customers. I can easily communicate with them now. My computer skills help me in doing the administration job at my work. Now, I have my regular income and able to support my family to fulfill their daily needs.

Let me use this opportunity to show my gratitude. None of the things above could be done if I had not joined the YUM VTC. I am very grateful I had the opportunity to join the program. I hope many more youths will have the same chance for a better future.



Thanks to your generosity, Haris has gained the skills required to break out of the cycle of poverty. He can now support his family financially and be a role model to his younger siblings. The gift of one person’s education ripples through the community, empowering them to prosper. Help us to spread the word to your community that with a donation of just $10 per month, students like Haris can follow English language classes for free!

Harris and his co-worker
Harris and his co-worker
Ulfah, student of Basic 1 Sewing
Ulfah, student of Basic 1 Sewing

YUM is very happy to see the enthusiasm of the students to attend to our VTC program. In this term that will end in mid-December, we have 284 students attending our Computer, English and Sewing classes.

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving donors, we are able to have 13 classes this term. We want to give a chance to all who apply; and that is why, this term the VTC is even open during weekends.

We see how important this VTC is to them. Students aim to be able to work and the VTC is a way to attain their goal so that they can bring some money to their much needed families.

Besides the regular classes, we have volunteers who time to time visit our VTC and join the lessons, especially the English classes. Students have to demonstrate what they have learnt and become excited when students find out that they are able to speak and joke with them.

“My name is Ulfah. I am student of Basic 1 Sewing Class. This is my first time to learn about sewing. I was afraid at the beginning that I would not be able to get along with the lessons. But my Tutor, Ms. Ila, is very patient; she explains and shows us step by step how to make a cloth properly. Now I feel more confident and I hope when I finish the course to be able to start doing some clothes and get some money to help my parents.”

Thank you GlobalGiving donors for supporting this program aimed to give a chance to hundreds of young people to attain skills to improve their quality of live. 

The students at the Computer Class, Basic 1
The students at the Computer Class, Basic 1
The students at Computer Class the Basic 2
The students at Computer Class the Basic 2
Jakarta Intercultural School and VTC students
Jakarta Intercultural School and VTC students
VTC Workshop:"Job
VTC Workshop:"Job's Interview", Speaker Mr. Kadek

VTC Courses

YUM started a new VTC Courses in mid-June offering: English (4 levels); Computer (3 levels) and Sewing (2 levels). Our tutors are very happy on the interest and attendance of our participants and confident they will do very well at the time of facing their final evaluation scheduled to take place in mid-September.

Dede, Student of Basic 1 Computer Class

“Before I never had the chance to be in front of a computer therefore I had to learn starting from the hardware. Now I am familiar and smarter in using the computer and excited to see how many things I can do.”

Neng, Student of Sewing Class

“This class has broaden my horizon and upgrade my sewing skills. My tutor is very patient with all students and I am very happy to see how much I am learning.


The highlight activity during this term has been our Workshops directed to our VTC students and some outside participants in how to prepare them in getting a job. “How to make an atractive Application Letter and CV” and the “Importance of the Interview” were the themes chosen. Indeed, those fit the need of our participants who deseperately look for jobs in the area, site of many 2 or 3 starts hotels receiving influx of visitors coming from the nearby capital, Jakarta, during weekends.

That was the reason to choose Speakers from the Hostelry field. The first workshop was delivered by the Room Manager of Hotel Cianjur, and the second by the Operational Manager of Hotel Puncak Institute. YUM was happy to see how our Aula was fully attended.

After the sessions, we were happy when participants expressed their gratitude to YUM for the chance given to them in knowing about what Employer expects when receiving a Job Application Letter and the important of them to show self-confidence in the interview.

Hope our workshops has been useful for some of our participants to find a job and able to improve their quality of life.

Thank you GlobalGiving Donors for imparting to hundreds of young people skills. Many others are waiting their chance, through the YUM VTC project, to improve their quality of live and YUM rely on your valuable and continouos support for them to attain it. Thank you.

The students of Basic 1 Computer Class
The students of Basic 1 Computer Class
The Student of Sewing Class
The Student of Sewing Class
Socialization and Promotion Activity
Socialization and Promotion Activity

The 9thterm at the Vocational Training Center (VTC) started on February 9th with 233 registered students.  After placement tests and selections processes, 227 students were accepted to follow the classes. This term VTC Cipanas started with 4 English classes as well as 4 for Computer and 2 for Sewing. The course ended on April 30th 2015. The last final exam was held on May and there were 174 students who were entitled to a certificate due to their attendance and exam qualifications.

All students who attended regularly our Courses passed the final exam. The graduation of this term has been 100 % !!!

The enthusiasm of this workshop is very high, but unfortunately the weather was not very supportive. The third session had to be cancelled for bad weather. This year the rainy season was very long in the area of Cipanas with heavy rains up to May. We believe next term will be better since we get into the dry season. Even though the weather, a total of 92 participants attended our Workshops on Job Seeking Skills with the following themes:“Company’s perspective in employee recruitment” by Agus Triyanto (HRD Manager Hotel Novus Cipanas) and “Job interview and Company’s perspective in employee recruitment” given by Bapak Kadek (Operasional Manager Hotel Cianjur dan Palace).

On April 25th, 8 students from Singapore International School came to do community service at YUM Cipanas. Besides having YUM’s activities like: distributing packages with nutritional food to 25 YUM’s beneficiary children and working together in art and craft activities at the Library, they also participated in VTC’s English classes. They were in the conversation class for English Basic 3 and English Kids Class. Their visit was an excellent opportunity for our students to practicing their English and having an interaction with foreigners.


Neng Peni Novianti, Student of Sewing Beginner Class:

 “I would like to thanks for all the good lessons and services during my course. There were so much knowledge and techniques that I did not know before. Now, I can manage to open my own business at home and also help my mother.”

Ai Salamah, Student of Computer Basic 4 Class:

“The computer material given by YUM VTC was more focusing and has more practice than theory. I feel more confidence to find a job or continue my study in Computer Science. The lesson that I learned related with web design, blog, Microsoft office and many others will be useful for me in the future. All the best for  YUM VTC and crews”.

Thank you very much for all GlobalGiving Donors for your help.Through the VTC we can help to facilitate and accommodate students to improve their skills and by doing so, to improve their qualify of life and those of their communities in the future.


                                                                                Thank you !!!!


Singapore International School students
Singapore International School students
Computer Class
Computer Class
English Class
English Class
Sewing Workshop Participant
Sewing Workshop Participant

As we have discussed in previous report, the VTC had to face the impact of the new school schedule set by the Government starting at the end of 7th term.

For that reason, we were obliged to re-schedule our classes in order to avoid clashes with the new school schedule for the 8th term. So, we shortened the opening hours at our VTC during week days and opened English and Computer classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Despite our efforts, we could only have 8 classes, compared with 12 during the previous term. And for the above reason, from 192 students registered, 154 only could continue attending our classes. But, those remaining students showed much diligence with the result that 151 students were entitled to receive their certificate based on the test results and their attendance commitment.

On the other hand, Job Seeking Skills Workshop held three times, it was attended by YUM VTC’s students and outside students. Besides, we had some requests from school teachers around YUM Cipanas, to hold other workshops. After assessing the needs and problems of the teachers working in the area of Cipanas, we decided to hold some Computer Workshops for 55 participants from teachers and administrative staff working in preschools and elementary schools or in governmental and social institutions, because they have no computer skills when, in fact, it is much needed for their work.

The workshop was carried out every Saturday and Sunday delivered by VTC’s Computer tutors, Mr. Adi Y Abdul Rahman and Mr. Deden Tosin. Participants learned about Computer basics including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and others and those who attended the 2-day workshop were entitled to a certificate.

Dadan Iskandar, an administrative staff from Sindanglaya village, Cipanas wrote us saying:

“Thank you YUM for the attention paid to the administrative staff working in small villages. Currently, we canunderstand more about computers. I hope that YUM will have some other workshops in the future from a very basic to a higher levels.”

Despite the difficulties at the beginning expressed above, we could successfully finish the 8th term thanks to your donations.

Currently, we have one young man, a bookkeeper at YUM Head Office, Paridi Akbar, who wants to continue his studies at university level. Paridi wishes that he can improve his quality of life and that of his family. Paridi's Education: A Role Model For Thousands will be in the GlobalGiving Bonus Day coming on March 18th, 2015, where you can double your donation up to a 30 % on all donations up to $ 1,000 per donor per project or while funds remain.  There is $ 60,000 available in matching and matching begins on March 18th 9:00:00 EDT and run until funds lasts or until 23:59:59 EDT (INDONESIAN TIME March, 18th at 20:00 WIB until March 19th at 10:59 WIB).

This BONUS DAY will only happen on March 18th, 2015 so if you are to help, please share this message to your friends and family. Please let them know to wait until March 18th before making their donations. YUM would like to make the most of this amazing opportunity, and we can’t do it without your help. THANK YOU!

Computer Workshop Participants
Computer Workshop Participants
Although they were senior, they were enthusiastic
Although they were senior, they were enthusiastic

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Organization Information

Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Yolanda Utami Nilasari
Program Development and Donor Relations Coordinator
Jakarta, Indonesia
$7,732 raised of $19,167 goal
146 donations
$11,435 to go
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