CI Honors Life Skills Graduates and Partner Companies

Date: 09/18/2015

Quezon City -- Children International in Metro Manila recently gave recognition to 35 out-of-school youth who completed life skills training under the Into Employment (IE) program, and to partner technical schools and companies that help provide skills training and job placement for the youth.

IE, one of CI's global programs, equips young people with the specific job skills that are in demand in or near their communities, then connects them with employers in need of those skills. Through the program, out-of-school youth develop life skills and technical skills towards employability.

The life skills part of the program builds upon the skills the youth have developed through other CI programs and hones the social skills and positive attitudes they’ll need to be effective at a job when they find it. This helps youth develop the confidence and self-esteem that will help them achieve success in every aspect of their lives.The end goal is to help youth participants find gainful employment in jobs that fulfill their personal aspirations and that lead them to break free from the cycle of poverty.

Children International Philippines Country Director Pio Salvador, Field Directors Lei Orioste and Domiciano Laurena of the Quezon City and Manila agencies, respectively, and staff of both CI's Metro Manila agencies, led in giving the recognition to the youth and the partner schools and companies. Partners include STI Muñoz, Edward Marcs, Globalink, Humancare International, Powerbox Corporation, Ricky Reyes Learning Institute, Skill Power Institute, World of Fun, Serendipity Group, Qualifier Agency, Servicio Filipino, Informatics, and MFI Foundation. 

Michaella Rodriguez, former sponsored youth from CI Manila, gave a testimonial speech on the impact of the program to her life and inspired the new batch of trainees to not give up on their dreams. She told them how the challenges she faced coupled with her positive thinking only helped her get closer to her goal of getting a job she wanted. Michaella now works for a BPO company in Taguig, Metro Manila, and hopes to become a CI sponsor one day to also help a child in need.

The IE youth will now embark on technical skills trainings to help them land jobs that match current industry demand. #

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