IMI Site Mon, 16 May 2022 06:54:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 IMI Site 32 32 Getting a Job Requires Learning a New Skill. Here Are the Best Places to Find Online Training Programs Mon, 16 May 2022 04:20:19 +0000 Before the epidemic, it was usual for college graduates to experience both joy and dread.

A job market with unemployment rates on par with the Great Depression awaits the 4 million recent college grads. Additionally, because of the coronavirus, pounding the streets and handing out resumes, attending job fairs, or collecting business cards at networking events is more complicated.

Short-term training programs are an excellent way for recently minted college grads to bolster their resumes and develop new skills that may be helpful in the job market. There are so many online courses now that choosing the ones that are genuinely worth your time and money has become as complex as taking the classes themselves.

You may locate boot camps (and other sorts of programs) and to try Champion for free today to apply for loans. Payday Champion provides you with a loan to cover tuition and living costs.

A non-profit group called Credential Engine aims to be the Waze or Google Maps of educational degrees. Its website provides you with up-to-date information on the many career paths you might choose and the new qualifications you’ll likely need.

According to the organization’s executive director, Scott Cheney, “the competence we need in education and training is what you have in driving instructions, airline flights, or purchasing a vehicle.” “And since they weren’t supposed to, no one section of the American education and training system has done this successfully.”

There are several options for acquiring new talents. You ma y be searching for a boot camp for coding or an ESL program to get a job at a tech company or teach English overseas. One thing, though, unites them all.

“All these programs are the final mile,” University Ventures managing director Ryan Craig explains when it comes to training. In a sense, they’re picking up where conventional higher education has left off. Craig, the author of A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College, says there’s a hierarchy for such programs and a variety of methods to evaluate their worth.

According to Craig, the most prestigious programs include apprenticeships, in which firms pay for your education and then promise you a job with them after you’ve completed it. In addition, some startup schools offer “income-sharing agreements,” The firms don’t charge you upfront tuition, but you agree to return them a portion of your earnings over some time.

Sadly, Craig argues, the lowest tier of courses is the most common: those that require you to pay out of pocket, meaning you’ll have to fork over money for a program you have no idea how valuable it is. Many programs may provide employment data on their website, so be wary,” Craig advises. Questions arise if they do not.”

In addition, don’t depend just on employment figures, which firms might inflate. You may also find out whether the program you’re interested in leads to employment by talking to alumni, not only those who completed the program you’re looking at, says Christine Valenza Shin.

Beyond Barnard, Barnard’s career development office has Shin as its senior associate director of advising and programming. However, Shin often advises her students to begin with LinkedIn since this online networking tool is beneficial for identifying significant individuals in an industry who may help you determine what qualifications you may need to succeed. There are advantages to having a shared alma mater (which you can readily find on LinkedIn) when it comes time to reach out to someone.

Credential seekers should be aware of the return on their investment, as Shin often emphasizes. According to the author, there are lots of free possibilities to get your feet wet before deciding to invest in a new sector, whether it’s photography, coding, or data analysis.

However, the market for paid skills training is expanding, and experts like Craig and Cheney believe that the epidemic will further accelerate this trend. They can sift through the 738,000 credentials available in the United States alone.

“It’s a poorly understood sector,” adds Cheney. A lot more myth-busting has to take place.”

Exactly Where to Find Classes


A collection of courses delivered by industry and academic specialists. The site includes quizzes and projects to test your knowledge and the opportunity to collaborate with other students and earn both a certificate and a degree. According to a recent New York Times piece, it gained 10 million new members in the first two months after the outbreak. You may pay less than $100 for each course or up to $25,000 to get a completely online degree from Coursera, which has a wide range of prices for classes.

Udacity, EdX, and Udemy

Similar to Coursera, these sites provide databases of online courses, such as marketing, IT, and business, leading to various degrees from colleges and institutions throughout the nation. For systems that contribute toward verified credentials, EdX, a non-profit organization, charges anything from $50 to $300. For its “nano degree,” Udacity charges students several hundred dollars. On Udemy, most courses are priced between $50 and $300 by individual instructors.


You’ll be paired with a mentor in your future career and courses created by experts in their area and collaborative projects. Initiatives for veterans and women, as well as “employment guarantee” programs, are included. The price of Springboard varies depending on whether you pay in total upfront, on a monthly or delayed basis.

A meeting of the whole

Coding, data, web development, and design are all covered at this colossal boot camp. Students also get access to faculty mentors and alumni. They have a presence online and on college campuses around the United States. The full-time, multi-week course tuition is $15,950. However, there is an income-sharing option available.

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If you’re looking for the “road” to your desired profession and the new qualifications you may need to get there, consult a non-profit with a database that provides current information on employment needs, courses, and the market for your abilities.


This is a platform for instructors, not courses, unlike the others. To discover the ideal instructor, you may search for courses, input a price range, and browse tutor profiles to find the most excellent fit.


You may utilize this well-known site to identify alumni who work in the sectors you are interested in and those who list certification programs you may want to investigate to acquire the job you desire. Software and business skills may be learned via video courses as well. Monthly fees for LinkedIn Learning (previously are $29.99, or $19.99 per month for those who pay the yearly subscription in advance.


You can get free lessons on every topic you can think of, from programming and web development to cooking and gardening, on the video-sharing network. It gives you a chance to see whether you’re ready to step up your game.

Judge blocks Alabama restrictions on certain gender-affirming treatments for transgender youth Sat, 14 May 2022 20:24:00 +0000

Originally posted: MAY 14 22 12:24 PM ETBy Tierney Sneed, CNN

(CNN) — A federal judge has partially blocked an Alabama law that restricts gender-affirming treatments for transgender minors.

In granting the preliminary injunction late Friday night sought by the Justice Department and private plaintiffs, Judge Liles Burke said there was a strong likelihood the court would find the law’s restrictions on the supply of drugs unconstitutional. transition, such as puberty blockers, to minors.

Other parts of the law — including its ban on sex reassignment surgeries on minors and its regulations aimed at school officials — remain in effect.

“The defendants produce no credible evidence to show that the drugs in transition are ‘experimental,'” Liles, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, wrote. “While defendants offer evidence that transitioning drugs pose certain risks, the undisputed evidence on the record is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States endorse transitioning drugs as well-established, evidence-based treatments. evidence for gender dysphoria in minors.”

Among those challenging the law were minors, parents and doctors, who sued last month arguing that the law violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The Justice Department was allowed to intervene in the case to also challenge Alabama’s restrictions.

The judge said the “plaintiff parents have a fundamental right to direct their children’s medical care”, finding they were likely to succeed in their due process claim. The judge also said the minors were likely to succeed in their claim for equal protection and that Alabama’s “proposed justifications” for the law “are hypothetical, not overwhelmingly compelling.”

The Alabama law, dubbed the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, was signed into law last month and went into effect last week. Under the law, medical professionals who provide gender-affirming care to anyone under the age of 19 could face up to 10 years in prison.

The law also prohibits nurses, counsellors, teachers, principals and other school officials from attempting to “encourage or coerce” a minor to conceal from his or her parent “the fact that the minor’s perception of his or her gender or his sex is incompatible with the sex of the minor”, ​​or to hide this information from the parents.

Alabama’s measure is part of a broader move by Republican-led states to impose restrictions on the lives of transgender youth in the United States. Despite legislative pressure to end this type of treatment, gender-affirming care is a recommended practice for people who identify as transgender, that is, they identify with one gender. different from the one they were assigned at birth, or different gender, with a gender expression that does not strictly correspond to society’s traditional ideas of gender.

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Hardwick Youth Center becomes a beacon for young people Fri, 13 May 2022 21:24:31 +0000

HARDWICK – The Hardwick Youth Center serves as a resource for young people, ages birth to 18, from Hardwick and the surrounding villages. Its intention is to be a safe place where young people can go be themselves and meet other children, fostering friendships between them.

“What makes the center unique is that we are a city-funded, donation-funded center,” said director Laurie Desjardins. “We work in partnership with other organizations such as East Quabbin Land Trust Youth Educator, Eagle Hill School, Workshop 13 and Stone Church. We take ideas from our children about what they would like to do throughout the year.

City Administrator Nicole Parker responded, “The Youth Center is an incredible asset to the city because I believe youth are our future. Here they are engaged and supported through activities and stewardship. They embrace all seasons and learn that being active is fun and that a healthy lifestyle is essential for a well-rounded being.

She went on to say, “The center offers games, activities and art for them to express themselves creatively. Almost weekly, they take trips to parks or destinations to fuel their bodies and minds. I encourage all families to take full advantage of this wonderful resource that Hardwick offers its residents.

The youth center was established in the 1980s by a group of townspeople – Eric Volheim, Lucinda Childs, Barbara and Ron Newton, Rod and Linda Leehy. Later, Elizabeth and Jerry Reilly joined the band. The youth center was originally started for teenagers to give them a place to go in a rural area. Since its inception it has evolved and there are no other surrounding towns that have a youth center paid for by the taxpayers of Hardwick and the surrounding villages.

The center receives about 90 children of all age groups. They do a lot of activities with them like air hockey, foosball, hikes, walks and sports at Gilbertville Memorial Park. The center recently brought back community dinners where they teach children how to cook and use fresh vegetables and herbs.

Due to COVID-19, they had to limit the number of children they could have. The center also had to plan most of its activities outdoors. During this winter they have moved indoors and integrated the youth dinners they organize at the stone church. The center is currently open and accepts students from grades 6 to 12 at this time. The Friday group with Paula is also open from 10am to 11am on Fridays.

“Our hope is to get our numbers back up,” Desjardins said. “We would like to have more volunteers so that we can bring all age groups back. If anyone has a talent or interest that they would like to share with our teenagers, we would love to have you come along.

She continued, “Our future goal is to open a summer camp for young people. The most rewarding part of my job is watching children grow; connect with them, listen to them and observe the connections they have with their peers.

Any child who wishes to register can come to the Youth Center and complete a basic form. The Hardwick Youth Center is located on the second floor of the Hardwick Municipal Building. The hours are Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Email or check out their Facebook page for more information.

Burned Winnipeg building turned into housing for Indigenous youth Fri, 13 May 2022 20:54:41 +0000

A recently renovated apartment building in Winnipeg’s North Point Douglas neighborhood has been transformed from an abandoned building into a place that about two dozen young Aboriginal people can now call home.

The Noble Court building, located at 126 Alfred Ave., was severely damaged by fire in 2016 and had been abandoned for several years.

It has now been purchased by Shawenim Abinoojii, an organization that provides culturally appropriate supports to youth and their families from eight First Nations in southeastern Manitoba.

The block will provide affordable housing for young people who are in the care of Child and Family Services or leaving care as young adults.

“This building comes from a place of love,” Brandy Kowal, the organization’s program manager, said at a grand opening ceremony on Friday.

“Everything we’ve done to do this and bring this place to life comes from our hearts.”

Now called Nenookaasiins, the block at 126 Alfred Ave. in Wininpeg opened on Friday. It will provide affordable housing for young people who are in the care of Child and Family Services or leaving care as young adults. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

The building will now be called Nenookaasiins, which means “little hummingbird” in Anishinaabe.

Tatyanna Monkman-Hudson, 23, and her young daughter have been accessing services provided by Shawenim Abinoojii since leaving government care at age 21.

“It was a positive impact and they helped me so much. … When I left care they were very supportive and continue to be so,” she said during Friday’s event.

“They actually taught me how to be a strong leader.”

Nenookaasiins can house up to 24 young people in 18 apartments and has a cultural center where residents can access employment programs and other resources. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

The project aims to reduce homelessness in the Aboriginal community. A recent survey found that less than a year after leaving FLS care, nearly two-thirds of young people were left homeless.

The building can accommodate up to 24 young people in 18 apartments and has a cultural center where residents can access employment programs and other resources. The young can live in the house for a few months or a few years, depending on their needs.

All three levels of government funded the renovation, Kowal said.

“With this support, we can bring our big ideas and create something like this and our young people are the ones who are going to benefit.”

Victoria Fisher, left, is the chief executive of Shawenim Abinoojii. Brandy Kowal, right, is a program manager with the organization. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

Point Douglas MLA Bernadette Smith called the space a game changer.

“We see so many children aging unsupported in so many different systems, and that will ensure that our families stay together, that they don’t fall into those systems,” Smith said.

Smith said that as an MP for the area, she had received many calls over the years about the burning block.

“Hopefully this is one of many buildings that will be transformed in the North End.”

Chev Dixon takes on the Hudson Valley 300 Mile Challenge for Yonkers Youth Fri, 13 May 2022 18:12:34 +0000

Biking, hiking, kayaking, welcome him home at Yonkers Sat. May 14

Chev Dixon, on his Hudson Valley Challenge. Photo by Regina Nicolardi

By Dan Murphy

Meet Chev Dixon, of Yonkers, director of the Hudson River Riders, a Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club program that provides recreational access and environmental awareness of the Hudson River to undeserved communities through free kayak paddles, visits and training.

Chev offers about 1,200 kayak and paddleboard rides on the Hudson each year through the YPRC’s Hudson Riders program, but he wanted to try to set an even bigger example for young people in Yonkers and other communities, which he there is an alternative to violence. streets.

Chev is in the middle of a 300-mile journey of hiking, biking, running and kayaking from New York to Albany and back called the Hudson Valley Challenge.

“Growing up in Jamaica, the structure I had was different from Yonkers,” Chev said in a video promoting the Hudson Valley Challenge.

One day while playing basketball, another player pulled a knife on Chev. “It shook me up a bit,” admitted Chev, who eventually started hanging out with his friends near Yonkers Pier where they found the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, YPRC. A club member opened the doors and Chev joined and fell in love with kayaking and the fun of being on the Hudson River.

“Being on the river gave me a sense and pride in doing something unique.” He started working out every day and started eating healthy, “It’s nice that young people can see the possibilities and the commitment I have for it, and the work ethic, and know that they can follow in the same footsteps. I challenged the board to see if we could do more, and that’s how Hudson River Riders was born. To give kids an opportunity and challenge themselves in a way different.

“Now with the Hudson River Challenge, I hope to open their perspective, to come and paddle here and learn the skills that can take you anywhere in this world. I realize that kayaking is only part of it Anyone can join me in this challenge and be part of the community that is always there for each other, encouraging each other and pushing the human body,” said Chev, who started the Hudson River Challenge in Manhattan on May 7, running to Alpine, New Jersey, then up the Palisades, then a 65-mile bike ride to Poughkeepsie, and back into the Kyack up the Hudson River, finally arriving at Albany.

Chev is on its way back down the Hudson, with stops in Cold Spring and Irvington, before a welcome in Yonkers on Saturday May 14 before finishing the challenge in Manhattan. A three-day trip totaled 115 miles. – the total journey will be 300 miles.

Chev has a gear manager who helps him transition from biking to hiking to kayaking. “You don’t have to follow traditional norms. People who want to lead an active life have a better life overall, with their family and their work. Being outdoors and keeping your body healthy has many benefits. I want to encourage everyone, but especially young people, that there are things to do just minutes away. Whether it’s kayaking or hiking, or taking a family vacation in nature this summer.

Chev said he came up with the idea for the Hudson Vally Challenge because “I wanted to explore more locally. We have the Hudson Valley which is a great natural resource. But I also wanted to show our young people that you don’t have to travel far to find an adventure. I continue to work to connect more with our young people here at the local level, but we are doing this journey and this challenge for everyone around the world.

Filming of the Hudson Valley Challenge will be used to create a documentary about the experience. “We hope to share this with friends, running clubs, school gym classes and maybe the Yonkers Film Festival.”

During his travels, people joined him along the way. “One day it’s a friend, another day a local rider, then someone on the bike.”

For anyone who thinks an hour on a kayak isn’t a full body workout, come to the YPRC this summer. And that’s the whole point of this trip, trying to motivate people to try new outdoor activities. And above all to inspire our young people, after two years of COVID, and too many video games, to give the outdoors a chance and give you back better physical and mental health.

Chev will travel to Yonkers this Saturday, May 14, estimated arrival time between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Yonkers Pier and YRPC. A crowd of people are expected to welcome him home for a bit, before he completes his journey in Mahnattan.

YPRC Vice Commodore Phil Giller said, “I think Chev is the first person to have done this trip back and forth on the Hudson. He wants to introduce young people to outdoor activities and we support him 100%. It’s wonderful to see and we can’t wait to bring more people out into the wild to experience it.

Anyone interested in donating to all of Chev’s positive ideas and initiatives, visit Take your chance to meet Chev this summer on Yonkers Pier at the YPRC before it’s too late. This man has a bright future and he is a wonderful example of a true Yonkers ambassador, someone who cares about his community and the next generation.

Thank you Chev, for your hard work and for leading by example. What a refreshing story you have provided our readers. Your story is what Yonkers Rising is.


Chinese youth are changing. The message of the party must also. Fri, 13 May 2022 09:07:03 +0000

For a century, the Chinese Communist Youth League has been a central pillar of Communist Party power.

Party leaders proposed to establish a socialist youth league to train potential future members at the first-ever National People’s Congress of the Communist Party of China in 1921. The organization began operating a year later.

After the communist revolution, the League woven itself into the fabric of Chinese society, establishing cells in every school, university and major corporation in the country. As of December 2021, it had over 73 million members between the ages of 14 and 28.

Generations of Chinese have grown up attending regular Youth League meetings, where they study speeches by Party leaders, watch revolutionary films and engage in other ideological activities. To this day, the Party regards the League as its “reserve army” — a crucial tool in molding the country’s youth into stalwart patriots and socialists, and in identifying promising young organizers.

When the League interacts with today’s youth, the form is outdated, the speech is awkward, and the impact is poor.

Yet, 100 years after its founding, the League is struggling to remain relevant. Young Chinese today, born into a diverse and digitally connected world, are far less receptive to organizational methods than previous generations.

“When the League interacts with today’s youth, the form is outdated, the speech is embarrassing, and the effects are poor,” wrote Guo Guangliang and Zou Qiao, two scholars who study the League’s interactions with the Chinese. born after 2000, in a recent article.

Like Gen-Zers elsewhere, China’s post-2000 generation is more individualistic and willing to question authority than older cohorts. In a survey of people born between 2000 and 2006 by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, more than 80% of respondents said that parental authority can be questioned. More than half said they directly reported errors made by their parents and teachers.

They are also more critical. Rather than taking information at face value, post-2000s prefer to analyze several sources and form their own opinion. Nearly nine in 10 people said they “use multiple channels to get and verify information.” Only 7.5% said they “judge based on feelings, intuition and personal experience”.

Can the League adapt its message to reach this new generation? Sixth Tone spoke with four students born at the turn of the century about their experiences as Youth League members and their thoughts on the organization.

Clio Du, 18, history student in Shanghai

Du applied to become secretary of his class’s League branch after starting college. The reason was simple: a friend advised him to get the job because it would help him find valuable academic and career development opportunities.

Six months after taking office, Du held meetings to study government reports, quizzes on Party and League history, tours of revolutionary museums in Shanghai, and discussions on events and policies in Classes. The response, however, has been lukewarm.

“Our classmates aren’t very enthusiastic,” Du said. “It’s more like a task that needs to be done.”

Students rarely volunteer to participate in activities. The problem may be that the activities aren’t engaging, but Du says League organizers don’t have time to come up with more creative ideas.

But when students feel a topic is relevant to their lives, they jump into the conversation, according to Du. A recent example has been a debate over China’s “double reduction” policy, which aims to reduce the amount of homework and after-school tutoring Chinese schoolchildren receive.

Du describes himself as patriotic, but says that doesn’t come from being in the League. Instead, she was inspired by seeing how grassroots Party organizations provide support to vulnerable people.

During the last Spring Festival, she returned to her hometown in southwestern Sichuan province and found that an elderly neighbor had fallen ill. He was only able to receive treatment after the village committee agreed to pay his medical bills. This incident left a lasting impression on him.

“I feel that disadvantaged groups are cared for and individuals are empowered,” she says.

Yet there are also times when she and her classmates have doubts. When Du heard the news of the “chained woman” – a victim of human trafficking who had been kept chained in a hut by her husband in Feng county, Jiangsu province – she was horrified.

“I wondered if the individuals were really under protection,” she said.

Cai Xintong, 20, journalism student in Shanghai

As the League’s organizer, Cai led the effort to shake things up. His biggest success was creating a communism-themed murder mystery game.

Like most murder mystery activities, which are very popular in China, Cai’s game combines glamor and intrigue. In 1940s Shanghai, a Japanese officer hosts a lavish banquet for a pro-Japanese Kuomintang official, hoping to strike a secret peace deal.

But the meeting was infiltrated by Kuomintang and Communist Party intelligence agents. When the pro-Japanese official is murdered, a sheriff arrives and must unmask the perpetrator.

“Everything is story-based,” Cai says. “We did a lot of research and spent about a month writing it.”

Cai, who is applying for Party membership, considers traditional League events to be “a bit dry.” At a luncheon organized by the League, several members said they wanted to introduce more innovative activities, she said.

This led to the creation of a communism-themed escape room, where students entered a 1940s-style room and had to find their way by solving a series of challenges related to Party history. . Cai said her friends who participated in the activity gave positive feedback.

“We used to talk about ‘Das Kapital’ by Marx, but now we can play games,” she says.

Cai and his team are working on creating more games and refining the murder mystery activity. “We are convinced that this could be a special, even permanent activity for patriotic education,” she says.

The student is currently on an exchange program at the University of Helsinki. Being away from home, she says, actually made her more patriotic.

“It’s when I’m abroad that I miss my country a lot,” she says. “I miss the familiar atmosphere, crowded halls and bustling streets.”

Vincent Tang, 21, an engineering graduate student in Chengdu, southwest China

Tang still remembers the ceremony when he joined the League at the age of 14: raising the national flag, singing the League anthem, “Glorious! Chinese Communist Youth League,” and to take the oath.

Since then, the League has been part of his life. In high school, he participated in a choir to celebrate a series of youth demonstrations in 1935. In middle school, he became secretary of his class’s league branch.

Many of Tang’s friends think that the compulsory online “University Studies for Young People” courses are useless, but Tang says he considers them a useful form of propaganda. He believes that patriotism should be unconditional and that isolated dramas should not lead to the rejection of the country’s efforts.

The home pages of a selection of online courses “University studies for young people”.

The home pages of a selection of online courses “University studies for young people”.

Earlier this year, Tang was overjoyed when he became a full Party member. He recalls the pride he felt when he witnessed the flag-raising ceremony at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic in 2019.

“When the national anthem started, and especially when I took the Party oath again, I felt a surge of patriotic emotion,” he said.

But sometimes, Tang says, his “selfishness” gets in the way of his duties as a Party member. His classmates will occasionally ask him to switch teams to help them with homework and other tasks assigned by the League. “As a class leader and a Party member, I should sacrifice myself for the collective good,” he said. He doesn’t always agree; it’s too much effort.

Jim Tian, ​​23, graduate computer science student in Beijing

When individualism and patriotism are in serious conflict, the Youth League can do little.

When Tian received his acceptance letter from a prestigious Beijing University, he also found a packet of information about various “Leadership Program” activities. He has taken several of these patriotic education courses, for which he receives extra credit.

For Tian, ​​college activities are much more “humanized” than the League events he attended in school. Unlike many of his classmates, he actively enjoys them.

“I love groundbreaking site visits,” he says. “Plus, it provides the opportunity to socialize with people from other majors.”

Tian is currently applying to become a Party member. He says being a member of the League has definitely made him more patriotic.

“When you go through the history of the founding of the Party and the struggles, you will understand how awful the landlords, warlords and people of the Kuomintang were,” he says.

Inspired by the League, Tian plans to intern in local government and take the Chinese civil service exam. But when it comes to choosing a career, he says people will normally prioritize personal interests over patriotism.

“Few people want to work in industries that pay little and are hard-working, even though they are in high demand (by the country),” he says. “When individualism and patriotism are in serious conflict, there is little the Youth League can do.”

Publisher: Dominic Morgan.

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(Header image: College students take a selfie with the Communist Youth League flag in Chongqing, southwest China, May 2, 2022. Chen Shichuan/IC)

Technopreneurship: is it the solution to youth unemployment? Fri, 13 May 2022 08:30:12 +0000

Securing a decent job remains one of the most difficult tasks for the majority of young people in the country despite different government projects born over the years to contain the growing challenge of youth unemployment.

And perhaps more disturbing is the revelation contained in a report entitled: Work and income for young men and women in Africa: the case of Uganda, according to which more than 87% of the country’s young people work in precarious jobs, low-income and often hazardous jobs in the informal sector or in family income-generating activities with little or no pay.

According to the report published by the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), government responses aimed at addressing the issue of unemployment include, but are not limited to, initiatives such as the Youth Entrepreneurial Scheme (YES) – introduced in 1995 as a loan program for young people who wanted to venture into business, the Youth Venture Capital Fund (YVCF) – unveiled in 2011 to create jobs and expand the business and the Young Livelihood Program (YLP) – launched in 2013, targeting the unemployed and poor youth – not all were exactly the answer.

As a result, there is now a call for new consideration and direction to address the problem of youth unemployment described by economists, policy analysts and government strategists as a ticking time bomb.

For most of the past week, the leadership of the country’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has spent most of its time trying to nurture and equip university students with technopreneurship skills. According to the Fund’s Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba, it’s about enabling university students to explore and solidify their hands with knowledge and skills that “represent the future”.

“At NSSF, we are aware of current development and future prospects. Our young people will be better off if they seize the opportunities of technology and use it in their businesses and career development,” Mr. Byarugaba told young people at this year’s annual NSSF Career Expo held recently in Kampala.

The three-day exhibition was set up in partnership with Innovation Village and Absa Bank under the theme “Technoprenuership: the future of work”.

Technopreneurship is a form of entrepreneurship in the field of technology and innovation. It is a perfect fit for many young people in Uganda, especially those who want to be tech-savvy, creative and innovative. It also requires people willing to take a calculated risk.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Mr. Byarugaba noted that young people are not really benefiting so much from new emerging technologies due to the ill-prepared setup of the country’s current education system.

According to the Managing Director of the Fund, whose organization currently manages 15.5 trillion shillings of assets and investments, the country’s education system needs to pick up the pace of the current technological environment.

Meanwhile, as an institution operating in an era of evolving technology and information, NSSF says it will do its part to deepen and encourage technopreneurship to help answer the question broader youth employment.

“NSSF deliberately focuses its sustainability program on helping young people take full advantage of these new and emerging technologies while being resilient in an age of disruption. We do this through our innovation program, Hi-innovator, and financial literacy,” Mr. Byarugaba said.

He continued, “Having an idea alone is no guarantee that your business will succeed. You need to start by educating yourself to better understand how to operate a startup in this economy.

“Be intentional in what you seek and take advantage of these programs that support young innovators even before you graduate from college. This way, you will be equipped to run a successful startup.

He advised students and young people never to be afraid to venture into innovation and tech-related businesses, citing the available support offered by the Fund’s Hi-innovator program.

As for Mr. Mumba Kalifungwa, Managing Director of Absa Uganda, young people should seek in-depth knowledge of the business they are venturing into and have the financial acumen to run a successful business. And it is a space in which the financial institution is ready to engage with the actors involved or seeking to venture. Indeed, to be successful, clarity of purpose is essential from the start of the business.

He said, “An innovator will struggle to find a market for their products if they don’t offer solutions to community problems. As an entrepreneur, you must start by identifying the problem you are trying to solve.

Mr. Japheth Kawanguzi, the Innovation Village Team Leader, urged the youths to leverage technology to realize their ideas, noting that finance should not be a hindrance and the overriding factor for the youths who pursue their careers and dreams in this space.

“Having an idea is great, but you’ll have to translate it into a business and then you can tap into your social capital to propel your business before you even think about financial capital. And now you have the opportunity to leverage technology to create value, attract investment and venture capital, which will turn your incredible idea into a full-fledged business,” he said.

The NSSF Career Expo provides a platform for students to network and learn from recognized industry experts for career advancement, entrepreneurship, career positioning, financial literacy, and personal growth at- beyond their university studies.

It was the 12th year and the NSSF Career Expo took place. It has reached over 300,000 people to date, helping many people start their journey to financial security, entrepreneurship and career growth.

India Focuses on Harnessing Youth Power Across All Sectors » Capital News Fri, 13 May 2022 07:52:07 +0000

To put people first, the Indian government leaves no stone unturned. From the modernization of the agricultural sector to the digital revolution, it affects all aspects of life. This creates more opportunities for young people.

The young generation of India is the future leader and nation builder of the country. In this logic, particular emphasis has been placed on the various aspects related to education in the general budget. These include access to quality education for all and the promotion of institutions with high international standards.

India’s thinking is to overhaul the education system by equipping itself with a modern educational system in the current decade, for which many announcements have been made in the general budget. Efforts have been made to provide better education to the poor, Dalits, backwards and tribes, with particular emphasis on rural India through such stages as e-vidya, a first-class channel, digital laboratories and digital universities.

The National Digital University is a noble and astute step in the Indian education system. Lack of university places has been a stumbling block, but this initiative will revolutionize academia by preparing young people for current and future learning and relearning needs through a world-class digital university. Because of the importance of education in the native language, medical and technical education in the local language has begun in many states.

In the budget, announcements were made for the establishment of an e-portal and digital skills lab on the Digital Ecosystem for Skills and Livelihoods (DESH STACK) to equip young people with relevant skills to the post-COVID situation and to achieve the goal of a self-sufficient India.

Tourism, drones, cartoons and defense products will all benefit from this initiative. In a meeting with education stakeholders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of collaboration to deliver high quality education in rural areas and promote new ideas.

Highlighting the improvement in the agricultural condition of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We also need to increase this awareness among farmers so that they have the soil of their fields tested every one or two years. They will acquire scientific knowledge regarding the use of pesticides and fertilizers for different crops. You should know that our young scientists have developed nano-fertilizers. This will change things. Our business world also has a lot of potential in this area.

Increasing farmers’ incomes, reducing farming costs and providing farmers with modern facilities from seed to market are among the current priorities of the central government. Over the past seven years, many new measures have been taken to boost agriculture in the country. In just six years, the budget for agriculture has increased several times and agricultural loans to farmers have increased 2.5 times in seven years. During the hard times of COVID, 3 million smallholder farmers received Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) through a special campaign.

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The SVAMITVA program linked to land counting, digitization of land registers, UID PIN aims to promote the progress of villages. A target of 80 lakh new houses has been set in this budget to ensure that every family has their own pucca house. Homes using new technologies, such as headlights, are being built in six cities across the country. A target of around 4 crore new connections has been set in this budget under the Jal Jeevan mission.

Calling broadband in villages the need of the day, the Prime Minister said it would not only boost digital connectivity but also create a huge workforce of skilled young people. With this, a start has been made to integrate all post offices into the central banking system, so that the Jan Dhan Yojana launched for financial inclusion can be reached to 100% of the population.

Financial inclusion has made it possible to make women partners in economic activities, so the initiative of the central government is to encourage the creation of more and more start-ups in rural areas, in which the role of the private sector is important.

The Prime Minister told all stakeholders that Krishi Vigyan Kendras and agricultural universities will have to pull together with all their might to bring the benefits of natural agriculture to the people. He asked Kisan Vikas Kendras to adopt one village each.

Furthermore, he urged universities to aim to introduce 100 or 500 farmers to natural farming in the next year. He said that nowadays another trend is visible in our middle and upper class families. It is often seen that up to 221 things have reached their dining table.

Many protein and calcium products are now on their dining tables. Many of these products come from overseas and don’t even match the Indian taste. All these products are available here that our farmers produce, but have not been able to present in the right way and market them. Therefore, an attempt should be made to prioritize “Vocal for Local” as well.

Raising Youth Leaders: From Appreciation to Action | Columnists Fri, 13 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000

We all want our children to thrive, with the access, support and opportunities to reach their full potential.

Building and maintaining the network necessary to ensure our children are safe, healthy, well educated and on the way to a bright future is no easy task. Every day, across our state, this type of mentoring, guidance, listening, and support takes place in youth-serving programs.

Youth workers, people who dedicate their professional talents and time to caring for our children and youth, are essential to the success of our children. Together with parents, family members and friends, they weave together individual support networks for each child.

It is well established that investing in youth programs produces meaningful and transformative change for children, families and communities. Youth programs are spaces for learning and growth that both reinforce academic learning and provide more flexibility than most classrooms. These programs can enhance a child’s social participation, create and strengthen positive social networks, and provide safe places for experiential learning. More than two years after the massive disruption caused by the pandemic in the lives of children, these opportunities and benefits are even more important.

“Youth Worker Appreciation Day” is celebrated every May, reminding us to appreciate the youth workers who have shaped our lives and the lives of our children. Take a minute and think about these influential and important role models – after school service providers, scout leaders, coaches, case managers, counselors and coaches. Maybe they gave you encouragement at a time when you needed it most. Or they talked you through a tough time. Maybe they encouraged you to dream bigger. Or not give up. Or defend yourself. Youth workers may have taken care of your children when you were at work, reached out to them when you were having a hard time, introduced them to new ideas and experiences, and showed them that they were seen and valued.

Now is the perfect time to support youth workers, not only with our appreciation, but also by making the decisions and investments that enable them to do their best. These invaluable positions are often underfunded, part-time, unstable, and/or lack professionalization, which is the norm in many other careers. At the same time, the positions often require high levels of education, empathy, and flexibility.

It’s time we turned appreciation into action for youth workers by:

• Ensure a “pay our employees first” approach that invests in attracting and retaining youth-serving professionals

• Improve their health care benefits, paid vacations and retirement options

• Invest in their continuing professional development opportunities, and

• Offer them help by maintaining self-care and mental health support services

The way our community takes care of its children is partly reflected in the way we take care of those who support the growth and development of our children. Caring, supportive adults with education, training, and experience in youth development help our children and youth navigate the complex and often bumpy road to adulthood. We should validate the incredible impact of youth workers not only with our words but also with our deeds.

Tami Silverman is President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. She can be reached at or on Twitter at @Tami_IYI.

New group of Indian organizations can engage youth and support industry transformation: President Halimah Thu, 12 May 2022 14:11:50 +0000

SINGAPORE – A newly formed group of Indian organizations can engage young people in activities that encourage the sharing of new ideas and expertise, and the creation of connections between people from different backgrounds, President Halimah Yacobon said Thursday May 12.

The Federation of Singapore Indian Organizations (FSIO) – an umbrella body of 26 Indian organizations under the auspices of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) – was established in October 2021.

It aims to be a collective voice of Indian organizations in response to issues such as pandemic-induced challenges, encourage networking through various community events, and support businesses in areas such as digitalization.

Ms. Halimah noted that SICCI’s efforts to engage young people include Catalyst 2020, a six-month initiative she organized with four youth organizations – Narpani Pearavai Youth, Sinda Youth Club, Tamil Representative Council Youth Wing and Young Sikh Association – to encourage social entrepreneurship among approximately 150 young people.

“I am sure that with the collaboration of the member organizations of the FSIO, there will be more such interesting and meaningful initiatives to bring together and develop the Indian youth community,” she said at a dinner of gala organized by SICCI and FSIO at Shangri-La Singapore. .

Ms. Halimah added that trade associations and chambers like SICCI have been important advocates for business and industry transformation, and their role is particularly crucial in the current business climate.

“SICCI-FSIO can advocate for industry transformation, adoption of digital technologies and raise awareness of emerging areas of collaboration between Singapore and India,” she said.

OFAS member organizations have also supported businesses in their digitization efforts and helped them address various challenges during the pandemic, Ms. Halimah said.

“I want to thank SICCI for your quick response when the pandemic first hit, including setting up a Covid-19 task force to help your members navigate the various disaster relief programs. pandemic and prepare them to seize new opportunities when business conditions have improved,” she said. added.

When the pandemic hit India, the Chamber of Commerce also partnered with the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association to raise over $1 million and mobilized its network to provide critical medical supplies in response to the humanitarian crisis in this South Asian country.

Ms. Halimah added that businesses and workers must be ready to seize new opportunities for growth as Singapore resumes economic activities and reconnects to the world.

“One area where we can collaborate is green economy. India and Singapore are making concerted efforts to address the climate change crisis in our respective countries and are committed to reducing our carbon emissions,” said- she declared.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to cut the country’s emissions to net zero by 2070 during the COP26 climate talks last year, while Singapore launched its Green Plan 2030 in February of the ‘last year. The plan cuts across various sectors of society such as infrastructure development, research and innovation.