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1.1.2019 , Welcoming 2019 with a GOAL !

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Myskills notched the New year with the most memorable event in the beginning of the year. Our Youth began 2019 with their very own Football Tournament which held on our football field. These young youth were pumped with energy and excitement for this tournament. A week before the tournament. A week before the tournament was held, our young and exited youth have started their training. They were prepared before entering the field on the day of the tournament.

The reason for this tournament organised was to compensate new year celebration with family for all the student in hostel. By organising such activities, we have observed stronger bonding with the students in which they are engaged productively for the public holiday. It was even merrier , when myskills staff together with the volunteers play together as a team.

Students were divided into 9 groups for 9-a-side tournament. Each game lasted for 14 minutes and all the teams concluded the one day league with memorable prizes and gratified experience. Gratitude to Mr.Ragavan ( Director of Myskills) and Myskills Volunteers ( Mr Ravi & Mr Mahen) who organised the tournament with fun-filled experience and welcome 2019 with A GOAL.

 

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Educating on Drugs Abuse to Myskills Youths ( A session with Mr Yogeswaran )

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“When a student, in school, or anyone, offers a tablet for remembering for school lessons well, you must think”.  This is what Jananey, 16, says she has learned, apart from other useful information from a Drug Awareness session conducted by Mr. Yogeswaran from Kementerian Dalam Negeriat MySkills on December 20th.These tablets which come in four colours, i.e. red, apple green, yellow and blue are drugs. These are harmful to health and are addictive. And so one must not take them, she said. She further explained that these impact the heart, have poison and lead to mental disturbance.  While she did hear about such an impact when she was in school, she did not take this knowledge seriously.

Tharshini Sunder 17added that taking drugs meant a “slow death” because if someone stars taking drugs, it becomes addictive. The mind she said will keep saying “drugs”. These are among the facts she learnt through the talk. She wants to play a role in society to try and stop young people from joining bad company and become drug addicts.

Ms. Anne Samuel, a lecturer from MySkills, appreciates this programme, reflecting on it as a “perfect programme for students in the age range of 14 to 17 as it has provided them with knowledge about the type of drugs and how one gets addicted.  The speaker’s strong stand against drug addiction, its impact on the lives of the addicts which was very sad, opened the eyes of the students, added Ms. Anne. The value of the talk provided students an insight into how to choose friends and life partners. This itself is a big bonus from the talk, said Ms. Anne.

MySkills with its commitment to transforming the attitudes   of youth from very tough backgrounds, continues to make available programmes which empower our youth. Tharshini, in making a statement about her own contribution, certainly is in the right direction.   So too Jananey who has “sat up” and taken seriously the path she must stay away from, for life. And chose that which MySkills has lit up for her and all who come via the MySkills door.

Veronica Anne Retnam

31.12.2018

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Ending with Good Qualities

Yesterday marked the last Bhagavad Gita class conducted by our most dedicated Volunteer Ms Ranjini for year 2018 at Myskills Foundation. They had a small gathering to celebrate a good full year of joy, fun and knowledge that we have obtained in this 2018.

Dr. Prajindra honoured the gathering with his presence and as our Guest of Honour, he delivered a talk on *“Conquering the Enemies- Anger and Envy”.*

They also talked about success. A true success is to be peaceful. With peace comes happiness. But how to attain this? First, one has to attain a successful mind. Texts 13 and 14 of Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita describes how one can attain a successful mind.

Bg. 12.13-14
adveṣṭā sarva-bhūtānāṁ
maitraḥ karuṇa eva ca
nirmamo nirahaṅkāraḥ
sama-duḥkha-sukhaḥ kṣamī

santuṣṭaḥ satataṁ yogī
yatātmā dṛḍha-niścayaḥ
mayy arpita-mano-buddhir
yo mad-bhaktaḥ sa me priyaḥ

Translation
One who is not envious but is a *kind friend to all living entities*, who *does not think himself a proprietor* and is *free from false ego*, who is *equal in both happiness and distress*, who is *tolerant*, *always satisfied*, *self-controlled*, and *engaged in devotional service with determination*, his *mind and intelligence fixed on Me* – such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me.

Looking forward to a good 2019 and may our learning and the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita bring about the transformation we all very much hanker for. Happy New Year!

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A journey began, a journey completed; a new journey begins…..

8th December 2018 marked an exciting day in the life of 103 young people gathered at MySkills Youth Transformation Campus, Kalumpang. They were part of a bigger group, from 2010, who had dared to take the first step in a different direction. It was MySkills 6th graduation session. Together with them were their parents/mothers/ care-givers; for most of them at least. The emotion was surely mixed for the handful of students who were there without family being present.
The dignity that MySkills graduates gained as they received their Malaysian Vocational certificates from the Guest of Honour Datuk B. Sahadevan is something that has come from the efforts of many, including the youth themselves. Datuk Sahadevan in his opening address quoted from what Mr Pasupathi had recalled, that of the quote of the Late Tun Sambanthan- “being poor but not timid”. And he likened MySkills’ growth from a “small seed to such a big endevour”.
Datuk Sahadevan reminded the youth to be responsible to take care of their lives as the future of the community he shared, relied heavily on them. Mr. Pasupathi had earlier brought the audience back to a historical point, that of the contribution made by Indians in the days of early Malaya, of the arduous task of cutting the jungle, of planting rubber. “This is your place” reminded the founding Director of MySkills. “MySkills is restoring the dignity the Indians once had” he added. For Dr. Sanmugasiva “ teaching a poor child will lead to God looking for you”. He assured the youth that MySkills will follow up with them in the journey of their life.

What is this transformation, one may wonder. For Peter Rajoo, from Rembau who stepped foot into MySkills in 2016 at Port Klang, it was a change in attitude to so many aspects of life, including food. He learned to eat vegetables only at MySkills; he never communicated respectfully with anyone but through his time in MySkills, he learned that there were some words you never used on anyone. This reminder came everyday at assembly- the MySkills pledge, in Tamil and English.
He learned that there was a certain way of speaking. He learned it by witnessing how his ‘teachers” spoke. He is grateful to all staff and volunteers for showing him the path, even that of bringing his interest in sports to a higher level. Kegundren, 17 shared that he used to speak without thinking but now he knows what respect is. He has also learned about reality, the “outside world”, the good and bad. He now is proud to have secured a job as a wireman in Karak Pahang. Like Peter Rajoo, he is now set to make his contribution to his family.

Mr. Deva was all smiles as he announced the MySkills Foundation Awards beginning with the highest, i.e. Raja Dato’ Rashid Badiozaman Transformation Award. This went to Ganesan Thewasikamany for his exemplary leadership traits besides his multi-technical skills. MySkills being an inclusive training instution, gave recognition to a youth with Special needs, i.e. Logeswary Ganesan. Her partial hearing ability was not used as an excuse but rather in spite of it, she pushed herself and showed her passion in bread and pastry making. After an initial employment at a Café in Sunway University, she is now in a new job in Singapore. She is 2018’s recipient of the Special Jury Award. Three other students were recognised through the MySkills Excellence awards, i.e. Pravindran Vasudevan, Rubba Sri Punaveswaran and Karthigan Jaishangkar. Pravindran had no background to any of the technical skills he now applies every day as an intern. While he may be reserved, he commands a lot of respect given his dedication and loyalty.

If there was one student who gave some degree of stress to Mr. Deva through his former teacher, it is no other than Khitiswaran Yogesvaran. It was his teacher Mr. Nada who got Mr Deva to enroll Khitis in MySkills. His teacher never failed to ask Mr. Deva about him. The “how is Khitis” question was akin to a knife being held at his throat, mused Mr. Deva. Today, Khitis proudly went up the stairs with his head held high together with all his friends.
Being in a class setting with a mixed group of students, most of whom are starved of attention, both at home and in school, a “teacher” certainly has its challenges. There is a time period when the students journey begins in the ‘pre-vocational’. Here they learn some basic literacy and numeracy skills bearing in mind that most have been left very far behind. And some of these challenges continue throughout their transformation in MySkills.

The “transformers” are both staff and volunteers. MySkills honours the dedication of volunteers through its Special Awards. This year’s three recipients are Mr Jayagobi for his 6 years of commitment to the youth through his electrical skills, Ms. Ranjani for contribution to the spiritual development of the female students through a creative engagement of the students with the Bhagavad Gita. And the students and staff look forward to her vegetarian meals brought without fail every Tuesday. Another “star” is Ms Punitha, a retired staff nurse dedicated to the transformation of the students at de Devine Café. She drives daily from Cheras to Brickfields to help in the F&B training and her motherly advise and relationship.

MySkills will always make a difference to the many marginalized youth, irrespective of ethnicity. With its 35 acres campus and facilities, MySkills look forwards to more youth to learn not only a skill but more importantly to begin a journey of transformation of their lives. Its various programmes, i.e. Electrical Wiring, Industrial Automation, Secretarial and Bakery Production provide a means of livelihood, together with other skills related with agriculture. It is the holistic transformation that sets MySkills apart for all who have completed the process. This year’s graduates totaled 103.

 

 

Veronica Anne Retnam
12122018

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Bangsar Tamil school Alumni’s Deepavali Evening at Myskills Lakeside Campus

A group of ‘students’, 28 in all, made their way in a chartered bus to MySkills Lakeside  Campus at about 430pm on 27th October 2018 for a Deevapavali evening with our students. Our ‘student-visitors’ were special; they were all former students of the Bangsar Tamil School from the 1960s.

Former student, Ms. Ruku, was anxious to the see the campus after having heard about it and how some students were building their future through MySkills. So after a short welcome speech by Mr Pasupathi they heard about some realities of the students. Ruku and her friends were quite sad.

But this feeling of sympathy moved quickly to one of empathy as the group interacted with the students and witnessed their talents and many positive attitudes. Their helpful nature, their ability to follow instructions and improvise came to light through the Krishna song that Ruku and friends wanted. The instruction was to get a student to dress up like Krishna. “The students did this delegation very well with just minimal correction” said Ruku.

Our students had our senior visitors captivated by their kolatham, something many had not watched in recent years, especially live. And the group was once more pleasantly surprised by the food that was cooked and served by the students. So it wasn’t only the well behaved nature of the students that came across but many positives as well. The conversation of the group on their way home revealed Ruku, was about their next visit, about the idea of bringing their relatives, particularly the younger generation. “We want to look around more too as the rain prevented us from moving around” concluded Ruku as she recollected about the special experience with the students.

MySkills appreciates the very practical goody bag that our Deepavali visitors had for each of our students, some toiletries, including towels. We certainly look forward to the “students” and their families/friends for another visit and possible long term commitment as it allows them. It certainly will be a learning experience for all.

Contributed by Veronica Anne Retnam based on an interview

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HSBC Malaysia’s “ Deepavali Do Good”

It is a special time at MySkills Kalumpang Lakeside Campus when visitors come a calling. November the 2nd 2018 saw HSBC Malaysia’s team for a “Deepavali Do Good” celebration cum educational programme.

We started with a ‘Kolam’ competition, doing it the MySkills way, that of team work. Our students designed and crafted patiently and carefully, attractive “kolams” with contrasting colours. Try to do one and you know what it takes!

Next, we were privileged to have, on our shores, some aspects of the Junior Achievement More than Money financial literacy programme. This global financial literacy programme which centres around earning, spending, sharing and saving money gave our students some insights into money management.

Who should show up during the programme if not for the CEO of HSBC himself! Mr. Stuart Milne was warmly welcomed by the MySkills Family. Most MySkills events would not be complete without student dance performances, both modern and traditional. So they sprung to action, entertaining one and all.

Being an institution that tries to keep its operation costs low, students do their own cooking. Once more they had the opportunity to not only prepare lunch but also to serve, proving their catering skills.

It was then time for Deepavali goodies. Our guests presented these to our students and HSBC’s donation for MySkills. This was a happy moment for sure.

The programme ended at 1230pm after the presentation of prizes for the “kollam” competition and a group photography session. With that we bid farewell to our guests and we are quite sure they enjoyed themselves as much as we did. And that they appreciate our green home at the foothills of Titiwangsa.

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J.P. Morgan and MySkills Foundation in partnership to prepare disadvantaged youth in Malaysia for careers in high-demand sectors

Kuala Lumpur, September 21, 2018 – Global banking and financial services provider J.P. Morgan and youth vocational training organization MySkills Foundation (MSF) today launched a demand-led workforce readiness initiative to empower at-risk youth in Malaysia to complete their education and obtain relevant skill sets for gainful employment.

J.P. Morgan is supporting MSF over 24 months to train 300 underserved youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to equip them with electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, life management and soft skills that will allow them to transition into higher paying jobs upon graduation. MSF typically recruits young people who have dropped out of the mainstream education system, and who need holistic support to transform their career trajectories. With curriculum enhancements and greater emphasis on providing industry linkages and on-the-job training, MSF expects to see significant reductions in drop-out rates among its students and higher-paying jobs for its graduates.

 

The initiative not only supports youth who are in need of sustainable livelihoods, but also addresses the country’s challenges in hiring talent with technical and vocational education and training (TVET)-related skills. According to the government’s 11th Malaysia Plan, about 60 percent of the 1.5 million new jobs expected to be created in Malaysia between 2016 and 2020 will require TVET skills and there are concerns of a lack of talent with the right skill sets to meet demand.

“MySkills Foundation aims to increase our students’ exposure to work experience to help them better connect their schooling with their career prospects and as a result lower their dropout rates, which remains a key challenge. By providing pre-vocational training for students as young as 14, we hope to build up their confidence and nurture learning attitudes that result in stronger retention in our programs. Together with support from J.P. Morgan, we are confident this initiative will bring greater impact in terms of sustainable and successful careers for our graduates,” said Mr. Devasharma Gangadaran, Chief Executive Officer of MySkills Foundation.

 

The program, which commenced in July 2018, addresses the need for more industry involvement in vocational training as identified in J.P. Morgan’s ASEAN-5 New Skills at Work study. The research report was commissioned under J.P. Morgan’s five-year USD 250 million New Skills at Work commitment, which, since 2013, has helped to train over 300,000 beneficiaries in Asia Pacific alone, allowing underprivileged individuals, especially youth, access quality demand-driven jobs in high-growth sectors.

“We are committed to helping young people develop the skills they need to secure better-paying jobs in fast-growing sectors, especially as the country aims to attain high income status by 2020,” said Mr. Steve Clayton, Senior Country Officer for Malaysia at J.P. Morgan. “At J.P. Morgan, we believe that addressing the need for widely shared prosperity is essential and recognize that a quality job can go a long way in transforming lives and strengthening economies.”

 

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Sunway-Lancaster Summer Exchange Program @ Myskills Campus 2018

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For the past 3 years Myskills Foundation is being strongly supported by Sunway University via its collaboration for social enterprising and social impact visit for the young graduates. For the 4th time, we received students from Lancaster University hosted by Sunway partner to our campus in Kalumpang, Hulu Selangor.

A team of 20 students with their coordinator, Ms Sue Ann arrived excitedly today morning for their learning visit with Myskills. Welcomed warmly by the Director, CEO and staff of Myskills, the tour were initiated with introduction on the organisation and its humble beginnings.

Right after a short icebreaker, each two visiting students were assigned with one Myskills student to learn on Malaysian youth demographics and get to know more on their diversified culture. To our surprise, Myskills boys were communicating well and the room was full of healthy
noise.

Lucky enough , it was cloudy and not-so-hot day for the visitors to tour the campus. Variety of fruit trees , vegetable farming , clear river and clean air added more flavor to the eyes and the guests seemed to enjoy every steps around.

To make the presence memorable, we arranged for Bael (Holy Vilva) tree planting for the visitors. Adding to the tropical trees planted in the campus, these newly planted trees by the students will be another legacy by Sunway-Lancaster Partners which grows taller by years.

A hard work must be paid with a great reward and that was their buffet spread of vegetarian food. Credits to our talented team , Mr Naresh and his young chefs gave a finger licking experience for the visitors. Finger licking lunch cooked with passion in short we would say !

It was very soon enough to say goodbye and we had to bid farewell for the visitors to conclude the visit. Myskills Foundation strongly believes the guests return home with valuable learning and greater will for community engagement. We hope the journey in future is blessed to meet them again for greater purpose. All the best for Sunway-Lancaster students !

 

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Naan Kabali Alla

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Myskills Foundation, Astro Vaanavil and Cine Shatriya proudly presents NAAN KABALI ALLA , the 13 weeks serial which premieres this Sunday (9th September 2018) , 8pm on Astro Vaanavil 201.

We had the launch on 7th September 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara officiated by our executive Partner Astro and co-producer Cine Shatriya. The serial depicts thrilling experience by Malaysian flavor of crime inflicted target community and their life episodes. This is a great CSR project by Astro to advocate better Malaysia. It will definitely be a breath taking , adventurous 13 weeks journey!

For those impatient audiences, subscribe to Astro On Demand to unveil all 13 episodes!

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#supportmyskills
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The inspiring news

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https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/09/05/turning-disability-into-dance-crutches-and-wheelchairs-become-part-of-inspiring-performance/

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