by: Karen Cayamanda
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | Social Responsibility |
MS Volunteers and Arts Club gathered for the Skills Sharing activity with Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y) in Old Balara, Quezon City last July 16. This session aimed to raise awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development, as well as empower the youth to join the evolving and competitive labor market.
Before the start of the activity, LP4Y Coaches Arthur and Lea gave the participants an overview of what the organization is all about. They've also set some expectations and gave guidelines on how to interact with the LP4Y team.
Fifteen participants were then divided into two groups to learn how to make customized screen printed shirts and natural soaps which are made from medicinal plants, and creams and ointments with healing properties.
The LP4Y team was very enthusiastic in showing the participants their skills and projects. The soap-making and ointment group learned the entire process of producing natural soaps - from mixing the ingredients and drying the mixture, to cutting them into desired sizes and scrubbing to get a smooth finish.
On the other hand, the shirt printing group learned how to add a design to a shirt using a screen. The participants were also given an opportunity to talk to the youth about what they do at MicroSourcing and what the youth can expect when they finally join the corporate world.
Everyone enjoyed the activity, especially when the LP4Y team gave natural soaps and customized screen printed shirts which were made by the participants.
LP4Y is one of MicroMissions' long-standing non-profit organization partners. It supports youth aged 17 to 24 years from Manila's poorest areas. They can be ex-offenders, street kids or victims of abuse. LP4Y provides a year-long program wherein the youth can manage different economic activities and learn the skills needed in a company or how to set up a business. LP4Y coaches support and guide the youth in realizing their potential to soon become independent and hard-working professionals or entrepreneurs.