Who better to manage our future than youth?
After 15 years of helping youth to fulfill their potential, we know that we must partner with this next generation to close the skills gap, and build a mindset of innovation, networking, risk-taking and social responsibility.
Growing youth unemployment threatens economic and political stability, and in a country like Cambodia with a huge ‘youth bulge’, this is even more of a concern. These youth are at a critical transition point, and it is time to invest in their potential. We must enable youth to become them more resilient, by giving them the opportunity to develop social impact projects that utilize their expertise, and recognize their value within society.
Our goal is to launch a platform for new ideas, enabling young people to transform their ideas into tangible social impact projects and ensuring that their talent has a positive impact on their community and the wider world.
We will not only (1) increase their capacity as youth leaders who can engage in society, but also (2) build their resilience to adversity.
Students conducted a survey of their peers about JWOC’s current waste management
system. Based on the responses, they decided to simplify the existing system by reducing the number of bins and separating rubbish according by type (compost, plastic
and cans, and other rubbish), which received very positive feedback from staff and students at JWOC.
This group identified family pressure as a key issue for JWOC students, and wanted to decrease the number of students who dropped out from the JWOC Scholarship Program for this reason. They decided to create a video and 2 posters of some of our alumni and their parents, who spoke about the value of pursuing higher education, which was shared with our new generation of Scholarship students and their parents at an information session.