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MySkills OPEN DAY 2019

In conjunction with Merdeka Day celebration, MySkills had the privilege hosting Open Day event with Thendral Magazine Readers Club at campus in Kalumpang with students, parents, volunteers, donors, supporters, and together with local community.

Visitors and students enjoyed wide line up of activities on carnival mode with booths selling food with beverages, snacks, pastries, fun games with 9 A-Side football tournament too. Started from 9am until 6pm , there were constant crowd and energetic atmosphere where everyone having good time with each other. The students had prepared themselves for merdeka parade for opening ceremony and honored the day with respectful tribute for national belonging. Another initiative to relive nostalgic moments of watching movie on open field in the night, made the day a memorable one.

The core idea of OPEN DAY is to spend quality time with students and parents (our beneficiaries) in which the presence of volunteers and donors (stakeholders) add great value to us in MySkills.

MySkills Board of Directors took the privilege touring the campus new face-lift to the donors, supporters and volunteers and shared the development plans with great sense of gratification. We could sense many who supported the cause and joined the OPEN DAY admired the campus evolution taking place and pledged more support for greater commitment.

We take this opportunity to thank all those souls whom were there in campus despite of long weekend traffic but made their time available for community uplifting.

BE a Volunteer/Donor . Be the CHANGE !


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Ice Breaking

9th February 2019

Ice Breaking Session with young girls at MySkills Foundation. Getting to know themselves and their background

MySkills Foundation is designed to assist at-risk youth identify their strengths and take lead over their lives. Ms. Jayanthi who is a volunteer from Astro, have compassion towards youths in Malaysia. She organized a program in MySkills Foundation to train our girls to build a better future. The first day was more of an introduction class with the girls where they shared their background with each other. The session was also participated by Ms Jayanthi’s husband and her daughter who also very passionate toward the students. Initially all 3 of them never knew much about MySkills but right after the introduction session, they begin to start mentoring these girls with great inspiration. They believe that by proving the relevant role model, they will be able to support these young girls.

Session 1

16 FEB 2019

Education on Ethnic Image

Presenter Nazmin Ahmad/Project Manager

 Awareness on how Indian youths are generally seen in a multi-ethnic society including why stereotypical views become commonplace and ways to overcome them

After the successful 1st session – Ice Breaking with the girls, the 2nd session was conducted by Cik Nazmin Ahmad, Project Manager from Astro. This time was about Education on Ethnic Image. Mainly about awareness on how Indian youths are generally seen in a multi-ethnic society. Including why stereotypical views become common place and ways to overcome them. Cik Nazmin mainly emphasized that personal development is a vital in a person’s growth, maturity, success and happiness. The session ended with a delicious lunch served by them.

Session 2

23 FEB 2019

Personal Grooming Habits Session 2/Part 1

Presenter Angelina Karthigeyan / Beautician

Essential personal grooming and the necessity to look good always to consequently feel good about oneself

We are always concerned about self-grooming especially when it comes to girls. So the 3rd session was about personal grooming habits on how to carry ourselves and be more adaptable to surroundings in a competitive society. The 2nd session was conducted by Ms Angelina Karthigeyan, beautician from Astro. As Svetlana shared her experiences that Ms Angelina gave personal grooming tips such as how to make facial care, dental care, healthy skin and hygiene care. Essential personal grooming and the necessity to look good always to consequently feel good about oneself.

Session 3

2 MARCH 2019

 Personal Grooming Habits Session 3/Part 2

Presenter Angelina Karthigeyan / Beautician

Essential personal grooming and the necessity to look good always to consequently feel good about oneself.

The third session was a continuation from the previous one, Grooming Habits. This session was conducted by Miss Angelina Karthigeyan, a renowned beautician.

“I learned how to always be neat and clean, well-mannerism, proper body language and attire” says Felicia, MySkills student. They also learned the appropriate dress code for different occasions such as interview, temple, wedding and party. The session was very valuable for our girls, and Ms Angelina was inspired too

Session 4

9 MARCH 2019

Learning About Nutrition & Fitness

Simple inexpensive ways and lifestyle changes to be fit and healthy by Meera Letchuman / Medical Student

Session 4 was about practising simple inexpensive ways to be fit and healthy. This session was conducted by Medical Student, Ms Meera Letchuman. Students was given tips on which foods to consume and which ones to avoid. Ms Meera also gave easy simple exercise methods to improve student’s fitness level.

Session 5 ( PART 1 )

16 MARCH 2019

Session 5 – Essential Soft Skills

Day to day proper communication skills by Kuna (Professional Speaker) and Sasirekha (Trainer). The session focused more on effective communication and being confident when interacting to social environment. The students shared it was fun-filled experiences with vibrant speakers to make their day.

Session 6 – PART 2

23 MARCH 2019

 Session 6 – Essential Soft Skills –

Day to day proper communication skills by Kuna (Professional Speaker) and Sasirekha (Trainer)

The session focused more on effective communication and being confident when interacting to social environment. The students shared it was a great learning experience with their peers and feel more confident to interact in any new environment.

Session 7

30 MARCH 2019

Role Model – Coming out a winner from a broken alcoholic family, sharing real experience and real-life story by Vijayalakshimi Sithambaram/Manager

Ms. Vijayalakshimi shared her true life story how she came as a winner despite coming from a broken alcoholic family. She shared how she turned a painful situation to her benefits. She also advise these students not to blame each other in any situation but to learn the art of give and take.

Session 8

6 APRIL 2019

Session 8 : Sexual Harrasment & Safety Plan – By Sankari Jai Devaraj / Medical Student

This was one of the important session for the girls as it is about safety planning from sexual violence. She shared the steps to prevent and to increase their personal safety. The girls played the real scenarios and how to spot the warning signs of an abusive.



11 MAY 2019


Students was exposed to various types of insurance structures in the market. The benefits of buying insurance for both protection as well as saving financially. Through this program our students were briefed on the advantage and disadvantages of having life insurance.

Session 10 – PART 1

18 May 2019 


 Session 10 was all about stress management and resiliency training. Students was taught the steps to control and manage their stress to better face the life challenges. They also learned how to differentiate the positive and negative stress. They were taught to recognise the level of stress and the measurements to take to overcome the stress in simplest way.



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HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and MySkills Foundation (MSF) today announced their collaboration in a joint venture initiative to empower at-risk youth in Malaysia with the skill sets required for gainful employment. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and MySkills Foundation today, at the MySkills Transformation Campus in Kalumpang witnessed by YB Tuan Kulasegaran Murugeson, Minister of Human Resources, Malaysia.

The 12-month training programme commenced from April 2019, targets 100 youths to equip them with vocational training, life management and soft skills in order to transition them to higher paying jobs upon graduation from the programme.

The initiative not only supports youth who are in need of sustainable livelihoods but also addresses the country’s challenge 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 Malaysians trained with the right skill sets to meet the demand.

Funded by HSBC, the training programme which includes vocational training is to enable the 100 students for careers in electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, corporate secretarial and bakery production. Graduating students will be placed with industry partners – which include small-and-medium enterprises and contractors. Concurrently, MySkills will also train the students in basic employability skills, knowledge and work ethics needed to successfully transition into the workforce.

Stuart Milne, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Malaysia said at the ceremony, “Since our foundation in 1865, HSBC has helped communities to thrive in the modern world. One of our main Corporate Sustainability pillars is to support the financial capability and employability opportunities of the people in the communities we serve, especially for young people.”

“Through our partnership with MySkills Foundation on this project, we hope to give the youth exposure to a wide range of skills that will bolster their chances of having a bright and successful future. I would like to commend MySkills Foundation for their extraordinary contribution to enabling the next generation of Malaysia to become economically independent. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with such a reputable community organisation that shares our vision of supporting and enabling the employability of young people and look forward to working with them to execute this project over the coming year”, he added.

“MySkills Foundation aims to increase the exposure on work experience (On-Job-Training) to lower the dropout rate that exists, one of the challenges faced. The exposure we hope, would best build occupational character building that will result in stronger retention. Our partnership with HSBC adds greater value for sustainable transformation in terms of human capital, skills competency and enterprising value-based education” , said Mr S Pasupathi , Director of MySkills Foundation.

“Recent study showed a disconnect between the skills that educational and training institutions are imparting and what the industry is seeking. Malaysia has a well-educated workforce, fairly low unemployment and a government proactive in expanding its pool of skilled workers. We remain fully committed to supporting economic growth, inclusion and skills training in this country.”

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Commemoration of Gandhi Memorial Park and 150 Trees Planting in Conjunction of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Celebration

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The spirit of Mahatma Gandhi for non-violence, social justice and national freedom to mankind is still being lived and remembered globally. Declaration of two years Global celebration from October 2nd, 2018 until October 2nd, 2020 for His 150th year celebration gave us a golden opportunity to host this prestigious event by creating Gandhi Memorial Park at MySkills Campus together with High Commission of India to Malaysia. Hon. Minister YB Tuan M Kulasegaran officiated the commemoration event as the Guest of Honour.

Myskills Foundation is a sanctuary for at risk students whom require Holistic Transformation approach to be shaped becoming responsible individuals to family, society and nation. It was a great experience shared with all on the context of non-violence, social justice and peace but it also built our nationalism in our very own country.

MySkills Director, Mr S Pasupathi recalled 8 year journey of MySkills with our donors contribution to help us reach the position we are today after challenging times. He also thanked the new partners and government agencies whom are currently supporting MySkills on training grants. Gratitude and giving are two core elements that we preach throughout the years.

Our Guest of Honor, Hon. Minister YB Tuan M Kulasegaran during his third visit to MySkills expressed his fascination over the tremendous growth in the short span of time. NGO Institutions like MySkills should receive more support from the community and Minister pledged his commitment to assist in whichever way to reach the common vision inspired.

Mr Nishit Kumar Ujjwal the Counsellor of Community Affairs & Labor, High Commission of India to Malaysia shared his experience beyond the expectations he had before coming to the campus. He was very touched with the students confidence level after seeing them performing for all who were present. It was indeed a great honor for High Commission of India to Malaysia partnering with MySkills Foundation, he said.

The event went smooth for the both commemoration and tree planting with all the distinguished guests and students of MySkills.

With more blessings, we now have Mahatma Gandhi’s presence to spread humanity to our young generation and we thank each and every one who made the event meaningful and successful.

MySkills Foundation is one step closer to holistically equip the campus with values of humanity and social enterprising.

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Good deeds are always remembered. The older it gets, more valuable it will be.

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The large glass case was full of knives, machetes, brass knuckles, homemade tattoo equipment, gang paraphernalia and cigarettes, all confiscated from the young students at MySkills Foundation. The sign, “Strictly Prohibited Items,” made the expectations clear.

MySkills Foundation, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing second-chance opportunities for at-risk youth in the ethnic Indian community of Malaysia. The Indian community makes up 10 percent of the total Malaysian population yet is responsible for 70 percent of the country’s gang-related crime.

The students range in age from 13 to 20. Many are former gang members who dropped out of school and were living in a dysfunctional environment before coming to MySkills. The mission is to equip these boys and girls with fundamental social, life and workplace skills so they can find jobs and integrate into mainstream society.

In November 2017, 3M sent 14 employees to Malaysia for two immersive weeks as part of the 3M Impact program, a skills-based, pro-bono service program in which teams of 3Mers volunteer their time and talents to benefit nonprofit organizations around the world. Three of these employees were assigned to MySkills and over the course of two weeks helped the organization revamp its stakeholder engagement strategy and communications plan.

According to MySkills CEO Devasharma Gangadaran, two major areas the team looked into were volunteers and corporate partnerships. “They helped us match our volunteer force to relevant areas, to reduce operating expenses,” he said. “They suggested ways to engage more shared community ownership of the MySkills cause. And they created detailed, step-by-step initiatives, including a volunteer manual and analytical tools, which helped us plan effectively for the new year.”

About the results achieved by the 3M Impact team, Gangadaran said, “MySkills Foundation was deeply impacted by the relentless effort of 3M to transform lives of youth at risk in Malaysia. We had a vision for a self-sustaining campus with numerous enterprising ventures in the future, and they helped us make it real in a short amount of time.”

More than a year after the 3M Impact project, 3M is still involved with MySkills. The 3M Impact team is still in contact with Gangadaran and other staff members, and 3M recently provided a grant for $10,000 to MySkills to help them continue their inspirational programs and to help them implement the 3M Impact team recommendations, “allowing them to be more sustainable to continue to develop more programs for the underprivileged communities in Malaysia,” said Parameswaran Nair, managing director of 3M Malaysia.

How the 3M Impact program works

3M Impact projects are designed to make a positive economic or social impact on the local organization and community while providing an opportunity for participants to strengthen leadership skills, develop market insights and spur innovative thinking. 3Mers globally are encouraged to apply each fall and are selected based on the skill sets needed to support community partners in accomplishing their project goals.

Before and after their time on location, the 3M Impact teams work to create action plans that enable their partner organizations to achieve long-lasting change.

While the 3M Impact program benefits the nonprofit partners, it also benefits the 3M employees chosen to take part in the program, providing a challenging and rewarding development opportunity that enables them to grow as leaders, build relationships with colleagues from around the globe and share their skills to make a positive difference in the world. In fact, many past participants say the experience has been life-changing.

3M Impact evolves for 2019

The 3M Impact program continues to grow and evolve. In 2017, 50 3Mers went to three countries. This year, 125 3Mers will travel to nine countries. The first trips of 2019, to India and the Philippines, have concluded. Next up: Morocco and Turkey in April. And new for 2019, all projects will ladder up to 3M’s new sustainability framework – fitting into either Science for Climate, Science for Community or Science for Circular.


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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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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

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


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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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