Youth development is a key commitment shared by Microsoft and its nonprofit partners in Indonesia, especially in providing more education and computer skills training opportunities for underprivileged youth in the country.
YCAB Foundation is one such nonprofit organisation in Indonesia — YCAB is the abbreviation for “Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa”, which translates to “loving the nation’s children foundation” in the Indonesian language. YCAB has collaborated with Microsoft to provide counselling, vocational training, micro-loan access and healthy lifestyle promotion for young people.
In September, YCAB Foundation founder and CEO Veronica Colondam was one of 26 Social Entrepreneur Awardees in 2012 recognised by the Schwab Foundation. The winners were selected based on their innovative approaches and demonstrated impact in social entrepreneurship.
Since 2011, Microsoft has been closely supporting the YCAB Foundation in its efforts to empower young people through the House of Learning and Development programme that was initiated in 2009, also known as the “Rumah Belajar”.
Rumah Belajar Microsoft is one of the Community Technology Centres (CTCs) supported by Microsoft Indonesia. Five Rumah Belajar Microsoft Learning Centres have been established in four Indonesian provinces to provide Information Technology (IT) courses based on various Microsoft® Office products. The objective of the computer training programme, which is certified by Binus University, is to help underprivileged youth and school dropouts develop the skills that will enable them to significantly improve their future job prospects.
Microsoft and the YCAB Foundation also provide top performing students access to scholarship programmes to help them pursue higher education or fund small business start-ups. More than 900 students have participated in the Rumah Belajar Microsoft programme, with 60 percent of the students securing employment.
“The partnership with YCAB Foundation is a part of our commitment to fulfil Microsoft’s mission to support Indonesian people, especially the younger generations, to develop their IT potential.”- Andreas Diantoro, President Director of PT Microsoft Indonesia