Youth Inclusion Network: Aim at the bottom of the pyramid
Carlos A. Arnaldo, INK
Poverty is the most serious and the most unsolved problem of our country. And worst of all, poverty afflicts the young hopefuls of our population, those who have the potential, but lack the opportunity to work, to develop their careers, use their talents for their livelihood and self-benefit.
The Youth Inclusion Network seeks to change that. YIN today is a network of some 30 industrial companies and daily expanding. It was inspired and initiated by the Life Project for Youth, LP4Y, a partner of Enderun in the outreach work of the NSTP program.
The YIN uses company resources to innovate their HR practices recruiting young graduates of LP4Y/NSTP courses, offer OJT opportunities, provide professional training in their fields of expertise: IT sourcing, energy sources, chemical laboratories, food management and distribution, manufacture (sports goods, electrical tools and appliances), and many others. The Network has also begun loosening up to include youth who are differently abled, the blind, the deaf and mute, the physically handicapped.
YIN is the end objective of Enderun’ s program of NSTP with LP4Y.
The YIN program held at the Enderun Atrium on February 8 gathered some 30 major enterprises.
“Together,” remarked Dean Choy, “we all represent an innovative network: socially minded business enterprises, an educational institution, and Life Project for Youth, already widely experienced in youth inclusion.”