The Avasant Digital Youth Employment Initiative trains disadvantaged youth in emerging economies in demand-driven technology, customer service, communications and soft skills for succeeding in a corporate work environment.
Over 90% of trainees secure sustainable Level 1 employment with Global Service providers within two months of graduation. AF partners with local organizations across the geographies where we have on going initiatives including tertiary education Institutions such University of Technology in Jamaica, University of Guyana and University of the Bahamas, and government entities such national Industry agencies, chamber of commerce, Innovation and Technology national agencies, as well as local GSS groups to ensure that instruction is customized to each region’s cultural and economic environments.
Avasant Foundation also –
- offers career mentorship in STEM, digital employment and entrepreneurship skills.
- provides free online learning in partnership with tech companies such as Microsoft and Cisco.
- supports teacher training in using technology in instruction.
- supports American India Foundation’s Digital Equalizer program improving instruction impacting 13,148 students and 223 teachers across close to 66 public schools in Bangalore, Odisha, and Dehli.
2022 DIGITAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT GRADUATES
“We ardently support Avasant foundation’s mission of empowering the youth across the world. This harmoniously aligns with our focus in Jamaica to transform the tertiary and professional education system by making it more affordable and accessible to the youth. For the past few years, we have collaborated with Chitra and her team who have been relentlessly working with the impoverished communities and enable them to attain economic independence by working for many companies including HGS.”
– Anand Birader, Country Director, HGS
AVASANT DIGITAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE –
Jefferson St Surin
You can never truly understand difficulties until you experience it first-hand. I had many dreams and aspirations for myself in high school, and I still do my best and work my hardest to attain them. Though the path has gravely lengthened due to financial short comings, I can safely say that there are persons out there that see your struggles and care enough to give you a hand on your journey.
I realized just how much of a toll hardship can take on your life and more specifically, the things you aspire to accomplish in life. At the end of my 5 high school years, I signed up to sit 13 CSEC subjects. Yes, it was astonishly expensive, but this is what I needed to at least gain recognition and stand a chance at a scholarship for my tertiary education. I received financial assistance from the government to pay for my subjects, but this only did so much. My mom still had to find an additional $50,000 GYD to complete the payment. At the time, she did not even have as much as $5,000 to assist. I was beyond devastated and upset. Was I not going to sit my examinations? At the time, I was scheduled to begin my oral exams on foreign languages. I thought, “should I even continue studying?” Two days before the commencement, my mom managed to borrow $50,000 GYD cash from a close friend. I hurried down to the bank and deposited the money to the council’s account.
After my examinations, I was not chosen to participate in work studies and surprisingly enough, I also was not awarded the scholarship for my tertiary education, and I could not afford to pay per semester at the University. So, I did the next best thing, I enrolled for the CAPE certification program at the St. Stanislaus College. This was my second try at attaining a scholarship.
With this new venture, I had different, much more exhausting difficulties. I was out of high school and in Guyana, it is culture for us to attain jobs to support ourselves and parents.
I had no job and still depended on my parents to sustain me. This scenario replayed in my mind endlessly for months and it shattered each time because I knew the struggles we were facing and I wanted so badly to help.
With the encouragement from a friend of mine, I started a small business. I started doing hair and, at the time, the business supported my family. Juggling my studies and a part time job was the newest, hardest thing I had to do but I was happy despite how tired I was. I was able to help out.
An aunt of mine later sent me a flyer for Avasant Foundation’s Digital Skills training scholarship in conjunction with the university of Guyana. The entrepreneurship aspect really sparked my interest, so I applied. I really needed to learn how to balance my time between my business and school. I was accepted for the scholarship opportunity and classes started shortly after. Mind you, I was still enrolled in my 2-year program at the St Stanislaus college. So, I was now balancing school, my business, and a training program.
If I’ve never known balance in my life, trust me… I learned it here!
The most captivating part of my experience with the training program was how encouraging each lecturer was, the presentations were so well thought out, and I learned a whole lot.
More specifically, resume writing and with this newfound knowledge, I was able to secure a full-time job at Teleperformance. I am beyond grateful to the Avasant Foundation!
I’m now able to support myself, my mom, and pay my university tuition partially since I’m now enrolled in the Medical Rehabilitation program at the university of Guyana.
Thank you, Avasant Foundation!