World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) and Citi Foundation have co-hosted an orientation event for the young people who have joined the Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme, Year 3, in order to build understanding and clarify details of activities they all will be engaging in through this programme.
In the orientation event, Ms Wanvisa Komindr, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Citibank, has given the youth a guidance speech. Mr Woraphot Sangaramrungloj, Head of Management Department, Dhonburi Rajabhat University, has also given a lecture on the topic of “Inspiration builds careers.” In addition, a youth representative has shared her experience from having joined the Year 2 Programme. The event has been held at World Vision Foundation of Thailand, Training Centre.
Miss Fueangfa ‘Fa’ Ngamjitt , the representative from the Year 2 Programme and the second runner-up in the Business Plan Contest, part of the activities last year, from the presentation of her photographer service and make-up & hairstyling business under the brand “Red Studio”, has shared her experience and life transformation after having joined the programme: “The changes to my life after that are, firstly, I’ve spent part of the prize money on buying a computer to use for photo and video editing and on buying make-up equipment and supplies, and online marketing. Secondly, I’ve gained SMEs knowledge, especially about online marketing, which is very important. Today my business has been more well-known. Most importantly, this programme has given plenty of positive energy to my life as I’d been discouraged by something earlier. Now I have connections and new friends, too.”
Miss Sunisa ‘Rose’ Phuttha, a representative from the young people joining the Year 3 Programme, disclosed the reason of her decision to join the programme that it was the right opportunity to learn about the right field of career. “Because my family is poor, I don’t have an opportunity to go to normal school like other children. Now I’m in a non-formal education programme while working as a product reviewer and brochure distributor in shopping malls. I’ve done many jobs but never liked any. During the past 3-4 years, I’ve found my passion in beauty business. I’ve learnt about make-ups and hair styling from both Thai and international youtubers and applied it in my work, for myself and friends. When the WVFT staff have publicised the programme at school, I got interested and made my decision to join the programme right away because I’ve already known what my passion is. In the future, I’d like to have a secure job that I love. I may have a beauty salon of my own. I’m sure that, with this programme, plus my confidence and passion, I can make my dream come true.”
Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme is one of the projects under the all-stage child development strategy. Youth emotional, intellectual, and social development is promoted through the use of the ‘Youth Ready For Work For Life’ training module prior to the introduction to vocational training. The course prepares youth to be ready for employability or entrepreneurship in the fields of their interest and preference that are in line with the market demand, or the pursuit of higher education. The programme implementation has been supported by Citi Foundation for 3 consecutive years.