RYTHM - MySkills ink MOU bringing IMPACT to at-risk Youth
Aug 09, 2020

PETALING JAYA, 7th August 2020: RYTHM Foundation, the social impact initiative of the QI Group, and MySkills Foundation, a holistic youth skills training organisation have joined forces to provide skills training to at-risk adolescent boys from disadvantaged families through a new initiative – IMPACT.

Both Foundations inked the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) here recently to launch IMPACT, a programme that will mould and train at-risk boys aged 16-18 into responsible and employable youth. The 12-month training programme will include 25 young boys and will equip them with vocational skills on Electrical Wiring, Maintenance Skills and also teach them fundamental Life Skills to transition them to higher paying jobs upon graduation.

Present at the MOU signing were Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran, Chairperson of RYTHM Foundation and Mr. Pasupathi Sithamparam, the founder and Director of MySkills Foundation. The MOU details the roles and responsibilities of both parties' commitment to IMPACT during the one year project period, ending in August 2021.

In making a passionate call to everyone involved in this programme, Datin Sri Umayal said that this new initiative called ‘IMPACT’ has a simple and profound meaning; ‘I Made a Pact’ to Change.

“Through IMPACT, we focus on what the community needs and not what it wants. A lot of people have to unlearn and relearn to thrive in the future. We have to start with this group of boys at a young age because they are our future. They need to be nurtured now in order for them to change for the better and this programme will serve as a bridge to that change,” noted Datin Sri Umayal.

As part of the IMPACT training, the boys will undertake the Electrical Wiring Level 2 programme with training provided by the in-house trainers from MySkills who are certified by the Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Human Resources. Upon successful completion of the training, these students will be awarded MLVK (National Skill Qualification Awarding body) certificates with the same standard certification of the National Youth Training Institute (IKBN).

MySkills Foundation said their collaboration with RYTHM is a joint initiative to empower at-risk youth in Malaysia with the skill sets required for gainful employment. MySkills uses a holistic approach which incorporates components relating to emotional, life management, social and vocational skills.

“We didn’t expect MySkills to grow this big. When we started 10 years ago, we only had 7 boys and we operated out of two shop lots. From those early days, today we have grown to over 100 boys and have our own campus where we offer a wide range of vocational skills with upgraded facilities for student training, accommodation, character transformation programmes (football field, indoor sports complex, obstacle course, yoga, gym, organic farm, etc), cafeteria with learning kitchen, and bathroom complex. We strongly believe that a partnership with a reputable organization like the RYTHM Foundation will add immense value to the transformation journey of our students,” explained Mr.Pasupathi.

Providing the right opportunity to these at-risk youth will help to transform them into responsible adults. Their transformation has the potential to influence their peers and the younger groups within their community to follow the right path and break free from the cycle of poverty and undesirable behaviours.

RYTHM Foundation currently runs a dedicated programme for young at-risk girls called Maharani, which marks its 10th anniversary this year. The programme has helped over 7,500 girls in Malaysia especially in rural areas and from poor and marginalised communities by providing skills and knowledge to enable them to identify and work towards their full potential.

RYTHM Foundation’s core values are built on the principles of Empowerment, Volunteerism, and Resilience. Through all of its work, be it grant-making, volunteer engagement or investing in human development programmes, the Foundation’s vision is to empower lives and transform communities.

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Media contacts:
RYTHM Foundation: Martin Soosay | +6012-6375029 | martin.soosay@qigroup.com
MySkills Foundation: Sivapreeyah | +6010-2732981 | myskillsfoundation@yahoo.com

About RYTHM Foundation
RYTHM Foundation, the QI Group’s Social Impact Initiative, invests in the communities in which we operate, through strategic partnerships, employee volunteering, and community service. RYTHM, an acronym for ‘Raise Yourself To Help Mankind’ is at the heart of everything we do, representing our fundamental belief in the inherent potential in each one of us, to rise ABOVE & BEYOND our challenges, towards a brighter future.

We are on a mission to transform the world, one person at a time, one community at a time, one goal at a time. That is why the RYTHM Foundation strives to reinforce the QI Group’s aspirations and responsibility in playing a pivotal role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our focus areas are Education for All, Gender Equality and Sustainability Community Development. Visit us at www.rythmfoundation.org

About Myskills Foundation
MySkills Foundation was initiated as a response to the need for an alternative programme for change in the life of a group of dropouts in Malaysia that were constantly rejected by institutions. After an initial study of the issues at hand and identifying the nature of the "crisis", we put up a transformation plan. The rejected students were from various difficult circumstances. Many were from dysfunctional families, growing up with grandparents, single mothers, exposed to gangsterism, living in cramped, unsafe environments and most of all in poverty with all its related problems. Some of our youth from a right, loving and supportive environment have also fallen into the influenced trap of substance abuse and negativism. We had then developed a holistic transformation skills training program which focuses on character re-engineering with skills competency for sustainable human development. More information on MySkills Foundation’s initiatives are available at www.myskills.org.my .