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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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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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Public Awareness Medical Camp by Sai Ananda Nilayam in collaboration with MySkills Foundation

Many of us are heading towards end of holiday mode but for the team in MySkills and Sai Ananda Nilayam, it was a busy Sunday morning. For the very first time in Kalumpang Campus, we had co-organized Free Medical Camp in partnership with Sai Ananda Nilayam.

Sai Ananda Nilayam is a noble spiritual movement envisioned to provide this voluntary medical assistance for almost 15 years. From bi-annual camps, they have grown to organize monthly once in various hot spot area where medical assistance outreach are essential.

MySkills is humbled with their presence to make desirable impact where we also require personal medical attention and exposure on good hygiene practices. Many of our children whom enrol in MySkills are those from dysfunctional environment that lacks basic human values. We face tremendous challenges to re-engineer their character which require us to touch heavily on the basic living skills.

30 of the dedicated volunteers comprising of doctors, dentists, pharmacists, dermatologist , medical assistants and optometrist were early birds at 8am to kickstart the event. More than 150 students and local residents of Kalumpang town received the free medical screening and relevant medication from the medical officers. All of them were dressed up white to best reflect their genuine service for every community.

“Life is a song – sing it.
Life is a game – play it.
Life is a challenge – meet it.
Life is a dream – realize it.
Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it. “

Do contact us if you want to be a part of MySkills volunteer team to provide your passion and expertise for community uplifting.

Visit our Facebook page or website ( to register as a volunteer. Together let’s make greater Impact !


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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



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A Ministerial visit to MySkills Campus in the making

MySkills was priviledged to have the Honourable Minister of Human Resources, Mr. S Kulasegaran on our grounds at Kalumpang  in the evening of September 27th 2018. He was given a rousing welcome by the Board of Directors of MySkills, students, staff as well as volunteers. YB Kula is the first ever Minister to visit us at Kalumpang; being initiated by him, it was even more special.

This visit would not be complete if it did not include a first- hand view of the development and so our Human Resources Minister was taken on a walk about of a section of the campus. He was very impressed by what he saw in terms of the physical development accomplished thus far with a minimum of resources. The walk about also afforded some time for YB Kula to share some of the realities of his years growing up, which at times was painful for him as he reminisced.

Mr Deva, CEO, invited our guest of honour and everyone, after which was a short video clip of the realities of drop-outs and their life. Dr Shanmuga Siva in his speech reminded us all that it was society which creates crime, of how gangsters have a syllabus, incentives, security, as well as recruitment. He made this observation based on what the juveniles had shared with him; that they had no one to take them except the gangsters upon their release from prison.  And he said that “it was the pain in his heart that brought him here”, referring to YB Kula’s visit.

Mr. Pasupathi then shared a short narrative of its humble beginnings, (for the benefit of YB Kula), the discovery of the reality of the type of students who first enrolled. A  group of three students arrived on bikes, topless and with their shirts wrapped around their waist. Mr Pasupathy recalled how he, Ms. Malar and Mr. Deva were quite stunned by this scene and came to another level of awareness. Among other very pertinent parts of the journey, Mr. Pasupathy acknowledged deep gratitude to the more than 100 individuals who are responsible to taking MySkills to where it is. He acknowledged the work of volunteers and students which kept costs to a minimum.

Next the EWRF Deputy President, Mr. Govindasamy referred to MySkills as a sister organization and paid attention to the mission of MySkills, quoting Dr Siva “that God is in each individual and that we have to reach out to these students”. He concluded by saying that MySkills was on the right track.

Mr. Deva then high-lighted  a source of inspiration, that of a 13 year old drop out who wanted a shelter and food and how this student challenged Mr. Deva to come back to MySkills once he completed his course. And as the said student made his way to the podium, YB Kula could not contain his curiosity and kept turning back as it was such a powerful testimony of the transformative ability of MySkills programme. And Mr. Velan, our trainer and hostel warden simply said that it was his responsibility to change the life of students as Mr. Pathi and others had changed him.

And so YB Kula in a very personal and touching way, addressed the students as “tambeegal , tangacheegal ( brothers and sisters) and then expressed how he was touched and that he was happy to know of so many great people. He said “deep in my heart I know about Indians; I always think about that and the greatest important factor in any country is human development for all”. He expressed the need for skills training for all youth- the Malays, the Chinese, the Kadazans, the Ibans, the orang Asli and other indigenous groups of youth. He acknowledged that without MySkills, the students would not have got skills.

And the next part of his sharing certainly had the students especially listening with their hearts as he shared, in all humility, of his poverty saying “I was poorer than you” and the tasks he and his siblings had to do before and after school hours. His attitude turned around when he overheard his father’s conversation with a friend about his plans to make his son (Kula) to look after cows as he would surely fail his SPM. “I studied out of fear and out of pressure”.

He acknowledged that transforming the lowest, the poorest, and the least affordable people is a priority. He emphasized the need to teach children business acumen. And he made a change in the admission regulation for ILPs, that there is no need any longer to have a pass in BM and history. He said students should be able to enroll as long as they were willing to study.

He predicted that My Skills will become the largest institution in (in this category); he will try to assist he said and that MySkills will become “the brand of this country”. Probably he surprised the audience by revealing that Malaysia is a country with the largest number of migrant workers. He congratulated MySkills by saying it was a fantastic name to have. It was very inspiring to hear from the Minister of Human Resources of his desire to come to MySkills whenever he had the time. And it was even more inspiring to hear “you have done what have been dreaming about; poverty is beyond skin colour. And he concluded aptly with the words “I fully support and endorse the work for the poor”.

Mr. Deva then informed YB Kula that he must accept some gifts from MySkills but which in no way will be unacceptable. These were the Annnual Reports and a basket of vegetables and fruit, all cultivated and cared for by the students.

It was evident that YB Kula was quite reluctant to leave the campus; he was still engaged with different groups during and after the light refreshments served. But having a dinner appointment he left with his police escort at about 630pm for Ipoh.

The weather that day started bleak, with rain clouds heavy in the air. It poured several times but somehow, it cleared in time for this special informal event at very short notice. MySkills, true to it forms, treat every visitor with seriousness and with respect; and so everything was in place, with students even, bussed down from KL and Port Klang.

Contributed by Ms. Veronica Anne Retnam, MySkills Volunteer (Mobile: 016 6687900;




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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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