As you may know, the 1st of September marked the beginning of PEPY Empowering Youth’s 2015 Annual Campaign. Our Annual Campaign will run from September through to the end of December. The aim of the campaign is to raise both funds and awareness in support of PEPY Empowering Youth’s programs, and over this four month period we aim to raise a total of $25,000 in new donations.
All donations that are made to PEPY Empowering Youth go towards supporting three current programs:
• Dream Class – where young students are encouraged to dream big, and are connected to the resources, mentors and knowledge to make these bright, exciting futures a reality.
• Scholarship Program – students from Kralanh are supported with their higher education at university or vocational training school. Support includes school fees, living allowance, health insurance and health care allowance, along with access to our Learning Center. The Scholarship students also get opportunities to meet with inspirational Cambodians and attend events that are informative and supportive of their career development.
• Learning Center – supports the Scholarship Students (and some non-Scholarship Students) by teaching extra soft skill classes such as ICT, English and Youth Empowerment classes. Youth Empowerment concentrates on presentation skills, confidence building and problem solving, with the aim of increasing their employability. In the Learning Center students also learn how to create CV’s, covering letters and about interview techniques. Here, they are also supported pastorally with counseling and house visits to support their day to day lives.
The students that PEPY Empowering Youth work with all come from Kralanh District of Siem Reap Province; this is a poor and rural rice farming community, where we work to illustrate and connect students to alternate futures. These projects all work towards our key goal of increasing the percentage of Kralanh graduates accessing skilled employment. By donating to our campaign, you will be helping make the dreams of these students a reality, supporting not only their futures, but also that of Cambodia.
The campaign is also a great opportunity for our supporters to learn more about PEPY Empowering Youth, our programs and the Scholarship Students. Over its duration, we will be sharing information with you about our Scholarship Students, their studies and employment so that you can see the impact of our programs and the impact of your donations. You will have the opportunity to hear from the students themselves; they are excited to share with you the skills and knowledge they have been developing, both at their university and training courses, as well as in the Learning Center. Under this theme of sharing and collaboration, we will be encouraging you to participate in our ‘Power of Ten’ initiative; donate $10 to PEPY Empowering Youth and encourage 10 others to do the same.
Another key objective of our campaign is to partner the scholarship students with supporters related to their area of study. We are looking for both individuals and companies who are involved in a specific industry to utilize their knowledge, resources and connections to further the students’ education and professional development. You could support in many ways from financial donations, to work experience opportunities or giving advice to the students. The students study a wide variety of courses including, but not limited to, finance, tourism, hospitality, agriculture, and teaching; we are hoping that through forming such partnerships, they will be further equipped and enabled to pursue careers in their respective fields.
Any new donations made throughout the course of the Annual Campaign will make double the difference. All donations of up to $5000 made between 1st September and 31st December by new donors, will be generously matched by an anonymous donor. We are very lucky to have this opportunity and grateful for the increased impact it provides our campaign. Now it the perfect opportunity to make a donation to PEPY Empowering Youth and double the difference that it makes to the PEPY Empowering Youth programs and Cambodian students. You can donate here.
Keep an eye on both our Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date information about the Annual Campaign and events that we will be holding over its duration. We look forward to sharing more with you over the coming months.
Thank you, from everyone at PEPY Empowering Youth.