Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Social Responsibility |
Graduates of MicroSourcing's Careers Program helped Ayala Foundation in screening youth for its upcoming Work Readiness Training Course.
Six graduates from Batch 1 visited four communities in a month to interview youth applicants and speak to their families about program goals and process. In a day, they scheduled to visit 18 homes.
"We would split into two groups of three. One will conduct the interview, one will document, and one will share his/her experience in the program," Rosalie Malagueno shared their tasks.
When asked what their motivation was in volunteering, Marion Navarette said, "I was part of the first batch and blessed with the opportunity. I knew not to hold back in returning the favor. I want to give back to the people who helped me get to where I am now."
Marion also saw reason in the youth he encountered in his visits, "In all community visits, I met people who were just like me a year ago. They also deserve a stable job."
A common sentiment among the volunteers is seeing themselves in the situation of the applicants. "A boy I met went for all kinds of odd jobs for a day's pay. Like me, he loved to read, he had a wide English vocabulary, yet he worked as a household helper and a worker at a water refilling station. I realized I've achieved so much and I'm really fortunate," said Charity Fernandez.
In the course of volunteering, the graduates also developed new skills. Salie recalled, "I'm so proud of my past co-interns Grace Fernandez and Juliet Cariquitan who are no longer shy to speak up and share their story with the community."
Mauren Rubillos left words of advice to the young people she met, "Being a high school graduate is no hindrance to a person's desire for a good life. It all rests on you. You will get nowhere if you put yourself down. Think positive, work hard, stay strong, and dream big."
The Work Readiness Training Course is an initiative of the Ayala Foundation. It aims to prepare high school graduates and college undergraduates for on-the-job experience in industries like outsourcing, hospitality, and manufacturing. New skills and work experience are expected to increase the participants' chances at employment.