'Wings to Succeed'
By Elva Li, Citizenship Manager, Corporate Affairs, Citi China
September 25, 2014 06:05 PM
In the coming decade, millions of Chinese are expected to move from rural villages to the cities. The migration from rural to urban has already begun with young people moving to the cities to pursue higher education and to seek job opportunities in view of China's rapid development. With rapid urbanization come challenges. Migrant youths often have a difficult time settling in cities and achieving their aspirations for better education and jobs.
I recently had the opportunity to see firsthand an educational program that Citi China, with support from the Citi Foundation, initiated to help some of these migrant teens, who are receiving vocational training, acquiring soft skills, such as preparing resumes and interview and communications techniques.
Called 'Wings to Succeed', the program is being piloted by our NGO partner, Save the Children, in three schools where many Chinese migrant teenagers are educated. The training is implemented in the form of peer-to-peer learning and employment clubs are set up in the schools. Trained student volunteers from nearby universities help the migrant teens write their resumes and developing their communication skills.
During my visit, the school's employment club had organized a mock interview exercise where volunteers from Fortune 500 companies role-played job interviews with the migrant teens. The students I spoke with were grateful for the self-confidence they have acquired through the peer-to-peer training, which they believe will help them in their job searches.
The Citi Foundation and Citi China are committed to advocating youth economic opportunities. 'Wings to Succeed' is one of our key programs in this area.
It is heartening for me to see the results of this effort: Since its launch in August 2013, 'Wings to Succeed' has provided soft skills training to 1,320 migrant students from the three schools.
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