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SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION WITH HSBC

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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https://news.3m.com/stories/sending-employees-around-the-world-to-change-the-world

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.

https://news.3m.com/stories/sending-employees-around-the-world-to-change-the-world

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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

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
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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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Tan Kah Kee Award 2018

Tan Kah Kee was a prominent social activist, businessman and more importantly a philanthropist.

As a successful businessman he build and funded many Chinese and English schools in Singapore and Malaysia.

In his memory the Tan Kah Kee Foundation was set up. While promoting Mandarin, Science and Technology, it gives out Annual Awards to prominent personalities and institutions for their contribution to the betterment of mankind.

This year Late Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay was selected for his immense contribution to Chinese schools and charities.
And Myskills Foundation was selected for its contribution to uplift the at risk youths in the B40 Indian community.
The Award ceremony was held on 7th of this month at KL and Sel Chinese Assemblies Hall.
Who’s who in the Chinese business community were there.

Each businessman who was present there has contributed millions of ringgit to Chinese schools and colleges.
One could feet the comradeship and willingness of the Chinese millionaires to GIVE BACK to the community.
There was subtle sadness in me as me, Dr Siva, Mr Ragavan and Deva went up to receive the award because except for few , I could hardly remember the businessman in our community who have contributed to the betterment of our Indian community.
There are hundreds of millionaires in our community and only if they could contribute 5% of their wealth for the betterment of the community we can be a proud community which can take care of each and every poor household amongst us.

A community is respected by how it takes care of the poor and marginalised within the community.

We dedicate the Tan Kah Kee Award to the kind souls who have been supporting Myskills in the past 8 yrs and hope you will continue to support.

Creating a better community is our responsibility.

Thank you

Pasupathi

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