Kari Yu!

PADF and USAID Celebrate Training of 2,500 of Suriname Youth

Paramaribo, Suriname (October 26, 2016) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the results of a three-year Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program, also known as Kari Yu!, which brought together public and private partners to empower youth in Suriname.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by PADF, Kari Yu! has supported basic life skills, vocational training, pre-employment skills and job placement services to more than 2,500 at-risk youth. Since 2013, more than 1,300 youth have received full time employment, completed an internship, started a business or returned to school as a result of the program.

Dines Paulus, one of the Kari Yu! graduates, who now works at PPS NV security company, shared his testimony at the event. “My supervisor told me that I had been selected for the premium guard training. I thought, WOW! This is nice. One step higher. In the end, I succeeded and received this big golden badge you can see on my uniform. I was really happy.”

The Kari Yu! program included a Youth to Youth (Y2Y) component that trained youth leaders to facilitate a basic life skills and pre-employment course to vulnerable youth in their own communities. After the five-week training program, career counselors mentor and coach participants for at least six months to enhance their ability to acquire and retain employment.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch youth go through the program and take ownership of their own lives,” says Kari Yu! Program Director Carlo Arze. “These trainings have empowered so many young people to reach their goals, while offering tools and encouragement along the way. Now, the future is in their hands."

In order to galvanize the private sector, PADF launched “Open the Door,” a multimedia awareness campaign that called on the government, local industries and vocational institutes to work together to create jobs for young people in Suriname. 

In addition to training youth, Kari Yu! has granted more than USD $800,000 to 26 projects implemented by NGOs in Suriname. Through these grants, Kari Yu! strengthened the capacity of local organizations and provided support and training in monitoring and evaluation, financial reporting, workforce development and effective mentoring for vulnerable youth.

Distinguished guests from the government, private sector and civil society organizations attended the closing ceremony including Edwin R. Nolan, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname; Christopher Cushing, Mission Director for USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean; and General Development Office Director Mr. T. Lawrence. PADF presented key program results and led a discussion on the future of youth development and youth employment initiatives in Suriname.

Results to date

o        2580 youth have participated in the Kari Yu! program

o        Over 730 youth have been placed in jobs

o        455 youth have completed an internship

o        32 youth started their own business

o        125 youth have returned to school or other training opportunity

o        30 juvenile justice reforms introduced

o        112 operators trained to implement these reforms

GFC Nieuws | Meer dan 700 Jongeren Geholpen aan een Baan Door Kari Yu

GFC Nieuws

De Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) heeft deze week de 8e certificaat-uitreiking en banenbeurs voor jongeren die met succes de Kari Yu! Youth to Youth (Y2Y) training hebben afgerond.

Bij die speciale uitreiking gedenkt Kari Yu! ook het feit dat meer dan 700 jonge Surinamers een baan hebben gevonden in het bedrijfsleven.

Om de bereikte resultaten te vieren, zal Kari Yu! een boek presenteren: “Faces of Kari Yu!” met de persoonlijke verhalen van 20 jongeren die een positieve verandering hebben doorgemaakt in hun leven dankzij de training en begeleiding. (GFC)

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Media Campaign for Youth Employment in Suriname

Last week, the Suriname Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Reform program launched a multimedia awareness campaign to encourage the private sector to hire young people. The program, known locally as Kari Yu! is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation.

Titled “Open the door: Give Your Business A Future and Offer Youth a Job,” the campaign was developed to encourage the private sector in Suriname to employ Kari Yu! program participants.

Working with the Ministry of Education, PADF developed a 60-hour training course, certified by the Ministry of Education, for youth who have dropped out of school. Since the program started in 2013, more than 1,110 youth have participated in trainings and more than 200 youth have secured full-time employment.

In addition to spreading the word about the program, the six-week media campaign also serves as a call to action for the government, local industries and vocational institutes to work together to create jobs for young people.

“Kari Yu! aims to place at least 700 youth in jobs in 2016,” says Program Director Carlo Arze, “but we need the support of local businesses. Every young job seeker needs just one employer to take a chance on him or her. The first employer is of paramount importance when starting a career.”

In addition to training youth, the Kari Yu! program carries out activities to reform Suriname’s juvenile justice system and help youth offenders re-enter society when they are released. The program has introduced 30 juvenile justice reforms to the penal code and trained 112 juvenile justice operators to build awareness of new and existing juvenile justice laws.

PADF and USAID Celebrate more than 1,100 youth trained in Suriname

Paramaribo, Suriname (August 28, 2015)–The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the graduation of 147 youth from a five-week basic life skills and pre-employment training course in Suriname. To date, 417 have graduated from the five-week course implemented by youth leaders in their own communities. More than 200 youth have secured full-time employment. Since 2013, 1,172 youth have participated in a variety of Kari Yu! sponsored trainings.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PADF, the Suriname Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program, also known as Kari Yu!, brings together public and private partners to support the social inclusion and economic empowerment of youth. Working with the Ministry of Education, PADF developed a 60-hour training course, certified by the Ministry of Education, for youth who have dropped out of school. 

“Kari Yu! guided me in developing my job skills such as communicating, working in a team, collaborating, and how to deal with your supervisor and colleagues,” said 20-year-old Jorginho George, who graduated from the program. He joined the Kari Yu! training because he wanted to develop his skills and wanted a better life for his girlfriend and their seven-month-old daughter. Today, he is working as a security guard at P.P.S Security in Paramaribo.

Youth to Youth (Y2Y) is a component of the Kari Yu! program that gives young people the skills and tools needed to access opportunities in the labor market. Y2Y has identified and trained youth leaders as facilitators and career counselors so that they can implement the basic life skills and pre-employment course to vulnerable youth in their own communities. Under this component, career counselors mentor and coach participants for at least six months after the program to enhance their ability to acquire and retain employment.

The Kari Yu! program also carries out activities to reform and strengthen the juvenile justice system and assist youth offenders to reintegrate into society when they are released. PADF has supported the government in developing and implementing the National Resocialization Plan. Under the plan, Kari Yu! has introduced 30 juvenile justice reforms to the penal code and trained 112 juvenile justice operators to build awareness of new and existing juvenile justice laws related to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the rights of youth. Kari Yu! is also strengthening the capacity of other ministries and civil Society partners that have been brought together as a referral network to support the economic and social reintegration of youth in conflict with the law.

“It’s inspiring to see these young people acquire new skills. Now, they are empowered to support themselves and serve as role models in the community,” said Mr. Christopher Cushing, USAID Mission Director for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

Cosponsored by the Ministry of Labor & the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKF), the graduation will recognize youth from seven communities in the districts of Paramaribo, Wanica, and Para. The communities include Para Zuid, Sunny Point, Winti Wai, Latour, Ephraimzegen, Flora and Centrum. A separate ceremony and job fair will be held for graduates from New Nickerie.

“We thank our partners including the Suriname government, local non-profit organizations, and the private sector; all have been a great support to the program,” said PADF Executive Director John Sanbrailo.