by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by TMR FILE
THE Selangor Youth Community (SAY) has embarked on a TEAM programme initiative to provide second equal chances to the at-risk youth in Malaysia.
The programme is an intense, nine-week personal and professional development programme with the end goal of providing them access through three different types of opportunities such as employment, education and entrepreneurship.
SAY CEO Nurul Azwa Rodzi said since its inception in June 2020, the programme has delivered many rounds of cohorts with Cohort 6 being the first group conducted for below 18 in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department (JKM).
She said through the rigorous courses and activities offered, the programme aims to become the catalyst for the participants to meaningfully reintegrate into society through employment, education and training opportunities.
“This year, realising that young people are even more in need of this opportunity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a collaboration with JKM has been put forth which involves those from high-need and at-risk category under 18 from institutions under the JKM.
“Throughout the nine weeks, participants will go through an intensive journey of self-discovery and skills-matching which will give them a second chance and assist them in planning their future,” she said.
SAY is under the patronage of Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in partnership with Prince s Trust International, a global organisation founded by the Prince of Wales Prince Charles.
Meanwhile, Tengku Amir Shah said they can see how much these young people want to build better futures and are resilient to achieve their goals and be better in life.
Tengku Amir Shah added that the programme is to help young people to break through the barriers as they have worked hard to design different modules in different stages and work with different stakeholders that are willing to give exposure and opportunities to young people in the hope they will produce well-rounded individuals.
“It is important to acknowledge that while some paths may be closed due to certain privileges such as race, gender, religion, family, socio-economic background as they all have the same desire to make a change in their lives.
“We have always believed in the effectiveness and impact of collective actions and welcome anyone who shares the same values and objectives in making a difference in the lives of struggling youth out there,” he added.
At the same time, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between SAY and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry represented by JKM to foster a long-term partnership between SAY and JKM which can benefit the wider community through the programmes conducted.
Apart from that, an MoU was also signed with Manforce Group Bhd, a private entity that acts as an employment agency approved by the Ministry of Human Resources, in line with the three months post-progression plans included as part of the programme framework.
“This partnership aims to connect young people in TEAM programme to employment opportunities in various industries.
“With this partnership, young people under the programme will be guaranteed employment opportunities once they complete the nine-week programme.”