Young Adult Program Anjali House has a number of young adults who are reaching the age of 16 and are required to begin considering their future lives and career options. Coming from impoverished and socially excluded families, it is vital they receive education, assistance and support in making decisions about their future.
In Siem Reap, especially through the tourist sector, there are many varied opportunities for employment, many of which are unknown to the children and families in the communities in which we work. The aim of the Young Adult Program is to educate and prepare these young adults to integrate successfully into their future jobs and communities.
The Young Adult Program provides our young adults with the tools, skills and knowledge to make sound decisions about their future, and be role models for other young people. The students learn from a specially designed curriculum at Anjali House, which involves English language skills, computer skills, life skills and career orientation classes. English language and computer skills are becoming increasingly important as Cambodia continues its development in the global economy. The career orientation classes encourage our students to think about the future, explore possible career options and understand the world of work. During life skill classes, important concepts such as friendship, personal conflicts and respect are discussed, which help the young adults develop into good citizens. The interactive and student-focussed lessons also help to develop the students' logical reasoning and broaden their world-view (both in terms of local and wider community), valuable skills for them to possess in all areas of their lives. In addition to the classes, the students participate in special monthly workshops and field trips.
In the past few years, this program has assisted our students to find skilled careers, or higher education that matched their skills and interests. We are very proud of this program and already have one student completing vocational training as an electrician, six students working part-time in local restaurants and hotels and two students who have received job offers from places where they used to volunteer.
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