To provide training, apprenticeships and career services so students can transition to safe, productive and independent lives.
The town of Mae Sot has been attracting a growing number of migrant laborers over the past twenty years. This increase of long term migrant laborers has resulted in a rapidly growing youth population. In response to the population growth over 75 different migrant schools have been established in the Mae Sot area alone.
These schools often short on materials and funding, with no ability to certify the students’ education in Thailand have been able to provide basic education for a large student population. Youth Connect was set up to address the question, “What happens when these students become young adults and have to leave the system? Where will they go next?”
Through working with migrant learning centers as well as local Thai businesses and governmental authority, Youth Connect Foundation has developed a unique and successful approach that focuses on addressing the needs of our two target groups:
Migrant young adults leaving school
Youth Connect Foundation provides training, professional material support, documentation assistance, paid apprenticeships in skilled work and career placements services for any young adult who has successfully completed the apprenticeship training course
Businesses in Mae Sot require skilled and competent staff. Often local businesses have difficulty finding skilled young people to work with them. Youth Connect Foundation acts as the intermediary between the prospective employees and employers.
All together Youth Connect Foundation works with apprentices for a minimum of 10 months. During this time the apprentices will go through three stages of the program: