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To empower under-privileged, vulnerable, and at-risk adolescents to claim a self-sufficient future through education, life, and leadership skills.

Through the implementation of the “YES, We Can” project in Northeast Thailand, we will empower Thai at-risk youth from poorer families, some without family, to take their (better) future into their own hands. We want to give them the opportunity to lead themselves and foster an environment where they can understand their successes and learn from their failures.

We will invest time and resources in each of them and show them that we believe in them. We will equip them with our trust and “vocational employment” knowledge and tell them that they can do it, even better than what they expect. We will achieve this by offering several programs that will interact together and will maximize the full potential of each.

We will assist in developing and supporting several Vocational Subjects (Hard skills) in a selection of participating schools. These Vocational Programs will lead to a certification, which will enhance professional opportunities for the students.

In addition, inspired by the "We Can Club" learning approach, we will establish a better development of conversational English, Learning, Leadership, and Soft Life skills.

All the above will improve the professional future for Thai youth and have a positive effect on their overall economic situation and help to shape the future of their communities.

The “YES, We Can” project has two main components: “Youth Empowerment” and “Support”, each of them has several dimensions.

The Youth Empowerment project part is the educational component of the project.
First, we are rolling out the “We Can Club” concept, targeting to include approximately 30 students per participating Government Welfare school (first year pilot) and have at least 2, but preferably 4 teachers, per school to be certified advisors, who will develop Leadership, Communication and Character Skills and instill the value of “giving back”.
The program is conducted in English with the objective to develop a better mastering of conversational English. Conversational English empowers youth to take a huge step out of poverty, as tourism is a major income for Thailand and tourists are mainly English speaking.

The second dimension of the Youth Empowerment is the development of 1 or more vocational training programs in each of the schools. Already today all schools are offering a selection of vocational subjects, applying the sufficiency-economic-model of King Rama 9 as an extracurricular career and life skills training.

Those “limited” programs are mainly focused on training basic skills, for subjects the schools have perceived as relevant and for which their teaching staff have the capability to instruct. However, these skills are not in depth nor sufficient to provide a “certificate” when they graduate.
After in depth discussions with the schools and key-players in the market, we have chosen “Marketing and Business” as a first subject that will be implemented in each of the schools as the first Vocational program with certification and this in close cooperation with the Khon Kaen University (KKU) – Faculty of Business Administration and Accounting.
Our target is to include approximately 25 students per participating Government Welfare school in this first-year program.

The Support part of the program is aimed to have one local Rotary Club in the neighborhood of each of the schools offering the students the opportunity to practice their Leadership, Communication and public speaking skills while attending Rotary meetings.
Furthermore, Rotarians will support the students with some of their activities, advise them on educational and vocational planning and guide or advise them with future career plans and or job opportunities.

The second dimension includes the following activities: organizing once a year (or once per semester) a job information day and a career day (or job fair) at the school in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, industry organizations, the local Rotary Club, alumni of the school,…

A third dimension of Support will integrate in a formal manner, an evaluation and screening program for each student in the participating schools. This will direct them toward the best possible profession with an educational path, based on their interests, skills, and competences.

Ultimately, in a second phase of the project, it could be envisioned that several certified vocational programs would be added and that the program would not only be available for students at the Government Welfare School, but also be available to the community for those desiring professional certifications.

The rationale for doing the project.

There are mainly 2 reasons.

First, The target population of potential students is one where we as Rotary would like to make a difference and for who the impact between “have” and “have-nots” is going to be most positive.

Second, We want to set a standard above actual Thai vocational standards and we should do it without government interference, but with their approval and funding support.
We do believe that a small-scale project (at the kickoff) with a clear target is going to be successful and we will be able to compete with some of the government initiatives. (Thailand 4.0).

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