Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
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

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


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

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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
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