UC Cares Tisa which is a specialized livelihood program of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Tisa in partnership with University of Cebu was awarded as the Most Outstanding SK Project under Economic Empowerment in the recently conducted International Youth Day with a theme of “#YOUthCan, Unleashing the Power of the Youth” in Davao City last August 12.
The goal of the said program which started last November 2018 is to provide free skills training to the out-of-school youth in Barangay Tisa.
From 50 applicants, many have dropped out and only 17 had graduated from the skills training conducted in UC Main Campus.
Sonia Cal, SK Tisa Chairman said that the trainings being offered complements the interest of the youth, “What makes it special is that it is the discretion of the youth. We get to know their interest so that we can align it with the courses of UC”
Last August 12, Cal together with her SK Councilors flew to Davao to receive the award as the only SK in Cebu to compete in the different SK all around the Philippines.
“We are inviting companies to do partnership with because the goal of this project is to let the trainees undergo on an on-the-job training (OJT), for them to gain experience and apply what they learned” added Cal.
Richard Pilapil, 23, a person with special needs was one of the successful graduates of the program wherein he is already working in one of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industries in Cebu.
Cal added that some of the graduates dropped out because some were called for a job hiring while the training was ongoing and some were disappointed for the unavailability of the free transportation that they promised since availability of manpower in the barangay is very limited.
The skills training happens every Saturday for the span of six months.
Among the trainings that were offered are cooking, baking and pastries, web development, and office literacy.
SK Tisa also thanks Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella for his support financially in bringing the whole council in Davao City.
As of August 21, UC Tisa Cares is on its batch 2 of looking for another out-of-school youths who are interested in availing the free program.