International non-profit organization SOS Children’s Villages launched the “Youth Can!” project at the Harper Hotel in East Jakarta on Monday (08/05) in a bid to reduce youth unemployment.
The initiative stemmed from a global problem facing today’s young generation. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 40 percent of the world’s unemployed are aged 15-24.
“In Indonesia, 43 percent of the population is under 25, but the country is still struggling very hard in terms of its youth’s employment rate,” Youth and Sports Ministry head of international youth partnership Mihran Tabrani said during the program’s launching ceremony.
The worrying issue has inspired SOS Children’s Villages to organize “Youth Can!” — a series of mentorship and training programs for young people in transition from school to independent life, focusing on disadvantaged youth.
By “disadvantaged,” SOS Children’s Villages understands young people, aged 15-24, who have lost parental care or are at risk of losing it, and need guidance to enter adulthood.
SOS Children’s Villages program development director for Indonesia, Yudi Kartiwa, said that while the organization already has family-based care programs, “Youth Can!” will specifically focus on providing necessary training to help the young get employed. He said that It is a global initiative and collaboration and focuses on Asia first. Indonesia will kick off the program, followed by Sri Lanka.
The non-profit organization has partnered with the corporate sector, including German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group. SOS Children’s Villages and DHL have earlier collaborated in DHL’s “Go Teach” corporate social responsibility program, where its employees volunteered in educational activities for under developed neighborhoods.
DHL Indonesia has implemented the program in Jakarta, Bandung (West Java) and Flores (East Nusa Tenggara).
International paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is also among the program’s partners. Despite being a newcomer in working with SOS Children’s Villages, the company has already designed a program called “Let’s Color,” involving teaching young people about the industry in hope to combine their artistic skills with business knowledge to embark on entrepreneurial activities.