by: Ida Mandinyenya
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Social Responsibility |
Last August 12, we celebrated International Youth Day under the theme 'Youth Civic Engagement'. The International Labor Organization (ILO) states that youth unemployment in the Philippines has declined slightly from 17.4% in 2008 to 16.1% in 2013. Despite this minor drop, at least 1.4 million Filipino youth still account for half of the total number of jobless people.
Disenfranchised youth include those short of tertiary education and the educated that are in search of better opportunities. MicroSourcing recognizes the challenges faced by idle Filipino youth and we advocate for their advancement in all spheres of society to achieve inclusive sustainable human development.
MicroMissions partnered with Life Project for Youth (LP4Y) to commemorate International Youth Day. LP4Y is a long-standing non-profit organization partner of MicroMissions that supports youth aged 17 to 24 years from Manila's poorest districts. Their backgrounds are diverse with one thing in common - social exclusion; specifically ex-offenders, the disabled, street youth, or victims of abuse. LP4Y has set up Life Project Centers in close proximity to slum areas that assist youth with their social and professional development. The program lasts between 9 and 18 months and gives young adults an opportunity to manage different economic activities that they have been entrusted with. Throughout the process, the youth have the opportunity to build a Life Project Plan with the hope that upon completion of the program, they will create their own microenterprise, join a company, or enroll in an educational institution for further studies. During the course of the program, all youth receive support and mentorship from their LP4Y Coaches.
MicroBazaar was an opportunity to expose young adults from LP4Y's Aurora Team of Young Mothers, Natural Health Care, Fashion 4 Youth, and 3 Solar Service Station (3S) to the corporate environment. The young adults got the chance to speak to MicroSourcing employees at 1880 Eastwood site about their microenterprises and the purpose of the program. Later in the afternoon, the young adults were greeted by a familiar face, former LP4Y youth Deselyn Averilla. Deselyn joined MicroSourcing as a Batch 3 Intern of the Careers for Disadvantaged Youth program, an Impact Sourcing initiative that gives marginalized youth access to full-time employment opportunities in the outsourcing sector. After a successful internship, Deselyn now works full-time as a Data Processor in one of our client accounts. This encounter was a perfect opportunity for the LP4Y youth to realize what can be achieved through hard work and determination. Deselyn's small talk was a chance for them to dream beyond their current situations and they were truly inspired!
MicroMissions continues to support young adults from LP4Y and we look forward to welcoming them again in our other sites.