Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
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Students eagerly waiting for class
Students eagerly waiting for class

I'm sure you have once asked yourself what you wanted to do in life... Every young person goes through the same dilemma! Recently, with the help of volunteer Lyn Everingham who is a psychosocial vocational & enterprise mentor, the YUM Vocational Training Center added an improvement to the program by providing vocational assessment to assist the students to gain insight into their personality and career values which best suit their profile. In a series of simple card matching exercises, individual students can self evaluate their character and priorities as well as matching their personal interests and strengths to the career. Some students have dreams and aspirations which may be unrealistic or inconsistent. However, through these activities guided by dialogue with a vocational teacher, we hope to target their energy to a realistic career plan.

Career planning and assessment is popular in the business community particularly in the corporate sector where the Myers Briggs type assessment is well known. Assisting young people to develop this personal insight at a young age, can be an efficient way to clarify their educational and career goals. By understanding personal strengths and vulnerabilities, each person is more likely to understand how to find the most satisfying employment which is realistic for their life circumstances.

Would you like to continue helping more students at the VTC? GlobalGiving is helping us get more donations this end of year. By donating on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday 29 November), your donation will be matched by 50%! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for #GivingTuesday, enabling GlobalGiving to match donations up to the first $1 million raised! Matching will begin at midnight EST and conclude at 11:59:59 pm EST or when funds run out. This is the largest amount of donations GlobalGiving has matched in one day!

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We're extremely excited about these opportunities and we hope that you are too! Please help us spread the word to your family and friends. Happy holiday from us all! :)

Lyn working with the students
Lyn working with the students
Getting to know oneself and each other
Getting to know oneself and each other
Our expert presents to the students
Our expert presents to the students

One of the aims of the Cipanas Vocational Training Center is to help the older students, those in their last year of High School, to gain more employability. Besides making sure they have added skills to their CV, during every term, we organise 1 to 2 Job Seeking Skill Workshops. The aim of this activity is to prepare the students in getting a job in the future. The students learn how write an attractive curriculum vitae and prepare themselves for an interview. They learn directly from an expert, who are managers and can therefore easily explain what are a company’s needs and expectations.

In our latest workshop, we held a group discussion session and worked on a job interview simulation. The students were divided into groups and given a few questions that are frequently asked during the interview. They discussed which answer was the best according to their group and a representative presented their answer in front of the class. Next, a role-play was organised where the expert played the interviewer while some of the students played the interviewee. The whole class was able to learn how to perform well in an interview. Practice makes perfect!

This end of year, we would like your help with another of YUM's projects, a library and early childhood learning centre in West Java which is currently looking for donors to keep it alive. This award-winning project is up on GlobalGiving and you can view the project here

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Please know that we are extremely grateful for donors like you for all the help you are providing to our projects! Thank you for being part of our community!

Warm regards,

Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM)

Job interview role-play
Job interview role-play
The students doing a group discussion
The students doing a group discussion
Computer Class students
Computer Class students

We’ve probably all realized that the working world is getting more competitive, requiring a person with an updated set of skills. That is why Yayasan Usaha Mulia, through its Vocational Training Centre, is giving the opportunity to students from disadvantaged and destitute families to learn and update their skills in order to more easily get a job.

Being able to use computers is very important these days. None of the office work today can be done without a computer.  The YUM-VTC offers 3 optional subjects for our computer classes: Microsoft Office, Design and Hardware. We also teach the students to use the internet to find a job and send their CVs to companies.

This term, there are  90 students enrolled in the classes with 4 dedicated Computer tutors. Not every school in Cipanas teaches computer skills, mostly because they do not have the facility and compatible sources to teach the students. In the future, the YUM-VTC, together with some schools in area, would like to organise computer classes as one of the school’s extracurricullar activities.

Here are a few things our students have said about the classes:

“I am a drop out student, my parents could not support me to continue my studies. My only option is to work, so that I can support my family. By enrolling in the Computer class,  I hope that I will be able to get a job job and earn more money.”   Muhidin, Computer class student.

“The YUM-VTC has given me an opportunity to learn about computers. I did not get a chance to study how to use a computer at my school. I love being in the class and being taught by Mr. Deden (tutor). He is very kind and pays attention to his students. Now I can work with Word and Excel.” Zian, Computer class students.

“I enrolled in Design class. I want to be able to work with a computer to make a design, a logo, a banner etc. The tutor is very kind, he explains the lesson patiently. I want to have my own printing shop someday.”  Galih,Computer class students.

Dear GlobalGiving generous donors, thank you very much for your trust and support for us. Help us spread the word! Here’s how others can help us: by donating just $25 every month, a donor will help provide the much needed internet connection for the students to learn in Computer Class”

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Mr. Rian(tutor) tutoring the students
Mr. Rian(tutor) tutoring the students
The students practicing typing
The students practicing typing
The students are very serious in the class
The students are very serious in the class
Mr. Deden (Tutor) explaining the lesson
Mr. Deden (Tutor) explaining the lesson
Happy computer class students
Happy computer class students
Students in the Basic Sewing Class
Students in the Basic Sewing Class

The sewing class is a favorite training at the Vocational Training Centre of the Cipanas YUM Village. Each term, the Cipanas VTC holds two classes.

The students in the Basic Sewing Class learn everything from the very beginning. Most of them have not been doing any work with the fabrics before. The first thing they learn is how to make and cut a pattern. Many students find it difficult to make patterns, but they are motivated and do not give up easily.  Meanwhile the students in the Intermediate Sewing Class continue to make a whole pattern and learn to use sewing machines. They are taught to make t-shirts, skirts, trousers, dresses etc.

The students who are learning sewing are not only girls, but boys also. There is no feeling of shame. The students are very motivated to learn and are able to get a proper job after graduating from the VTC course. Most of them want to work in the nearby garment industries in the nearest cities such as Cikarang, Bekasi, Jakarta, Tangerang and others. They want to be able to improve their quality of life and that of their family.

“The first thing I learned was how to make a pattern. It was really hard for me at the beginning. I often drew or cut the material in the wrong direction. But, my tutor Mrs. Ila was very patient. She always encouraged me and the other students to not give up easily.  Now I can make a skirt and t-shirt pattern correctly. “   Ruddin, Basic Sewing Class - High School Graduate

“The reason why I take sewing class is because I want to work at a manufacture later on. My parents support my decision to study at YUM-VTC.  Both of my parents are also tailors. My dreams are to have my own tailoring shop and make new trendy clothing. I like making and cutting patterns, even though many students find it difficult” Muarif , Intermediate Sewing Class students – High School Graduate

Thanks to GlobalGiving generous donors, YUM-VTC can continue to accommodate more and more unemployed youth in Cipanas to gain skills supporting their life and breaking the cycle of poverty. Help us spread the word: by donating just $10 every month, more students like Ruddin and Muarif can enroll in the sewing class for free!

Currently, our education project is Cipanas is looking for donors. The project will provide a quality learning facility for more than 300 toddlers and school-age children. By providing books, materials and qualified teachers. YUM hopes its award-winning preschool and library, will improve the learning habits of children, stimulating a sense of curiosity and intellectual development. Kindly find our project link at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/yumcipanas-quality-education/

A student learning using sewing machine
A student learning using sewing machine
Students in the class room
Students in the class room
Intermediate Sewing class students works
Intermediate Sewing class students works
The sewing class students receiving certificates
The sewing class students receiving certificates

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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.

Yours,

Haris 

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
 

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Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​www.yumindonesia.org
Project Leader:
Yolanda Utami Nilasari
Program Development and Donor Relations Coordinator
Jakarta, Indonesia
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