“For better future” – Project for street youth in Hochiminh city, Vietnam

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I. SUMMARY

The street youth in Hochiminh city in particular and in Vietnam in general is identified as a marginalized one. Many of these youth grow up in a harsh environment, with no education and very little hope for a bright and secure future. Therefore, this project was designed to support the street youth to identify and respect themselves, provide them the orientation, opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment for overcoming their issues to develop themselves in the positive manner. The project is expected to support the street youth to overcome their past background for better lives. To achieve the set goal, the project has some specific objectives as (i) to provide street youth with orientation and training in social and living skills, job orientation, business set up and self-development, (ii) set up a group of key volunteers will be capable to support the street youth and (iii) The main stakeholders (local government, CSOs, enterprises, media and the community) will be improved in awareness of the street youth issues and support to create the enabling environment for their development. Therefore, the project includes some main activities, such as set up a group of volunteers and trains them to approach, communicate and train the street youth, mobilize resources and supports from the stakeholders and provide training for the street youth and support them in attending vocational training courses and applying stable jobs. The project plans to use innovative approach to the street youth to make them feel comfortable and learn naturally through art, games, role plays and so on, so that encourage their brainstorming and creativity as well as their positive attitude toward active change for better lives.

II. BACKGROUND

In Vietnam in general and Hochiminh city in particular, people who live or work on the streets are often called “bui doi”, meaning “people of the dust”. Some are trained to become professional beggars whilst others commit crimes on an individual basis or by joining various gangs. Girls can easily become targets of sexual assault and/or exploitation. Most are denied education, health care and are themselves alcohol and drug abusers. In the circumstance, many of these youth grow up in a harsh environment, with no education and very little hope for a bright and secure future. Therefore, this project was designed to support the street youth to identify and respect themselves, provide them the orientation, opportunities for education, entrepreneurship and employment for overcoming their issues to develop themselves in the positive manner. The project is proposed to implement in Hochiminh city as the model for widen.

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III. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

3.1. Goal and objectives:

The project’s goal is support the street youth to overcome their past background for better lives through the provision of orientation and competency development on social and living skills and knowledge & job orientation.

The project has some specific outcomes:

– At least 400 street youth are approached and provided with training on self-development, social and living skills, employment application techniques and business set-up.

– A group of key volunteers will be capable to support the street youth

– The main stakeholders (local government, CSOs, enterprises, media and the community) will be improved in awareness of the street youth issues and support to create the enabling environment for their development

The outcomes can be evaluated through: The number of street youth are approach and provided with competency building/ capable to get a stable employment; The feedback/ satisfaction of the interfered street youth; the number of stakeholders involve and support to the project.

3.2. Main activities:

– Conduct baseline survey on the needs of the street youth in Hochiminh city to develop the approach and training/coaching materials

– Recruit volunteers (students and peer educators) and train on facilitation and communication skills to approach and support the street youth

– Develop and organize training courses on art and Social and living skills as well as job orientation to the street youth

– Support street youth in job application and attending to vocational training courses

– Organize a community dialogue with stakeholders about the street youth’s issues and mobilize resources for creating enabling environment for the street children (having ID, training, employment, etc.)

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3.3. Expected outputs:

– A base-line survey reports on the needs of employment of the street youth

– A toolkit for project’s trainers and special publication on self-respect/ development for street children

– 15 volunteers (including 10 students and 5 peer educators) are recruited and trained on approaching, training and supporting the street youth

– 07 monthly training courses on self-development, social and living skills, job orientation will be organized to attract the participation of at least 400 street youth

– A community dialogue among stakeholders is organized to increase the understanding and mobilize the supports of stakeholder for the street youth’s development

These results can be evaluated through quantitative indicators (number of youth are trained, numbers of training course, dialogues, events, etc.) as well as qualitative indicators (feedback and the satisfaction, evaluation of street youth and other stakeholders)

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