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Youth 4 Jobs, a ray of hope to differently-abled

Youth 4 Jobs, a ray of hope to differently-abled
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Youth 4 Jobs (Y4J) founder Gopal Garg said the organisation was established in 2012 and spread to 12 states with 22 training centres to train the...

Vijayawada: Youth 4 Jobs (Y4J) founder Gopal Garg said the organisation was established in 2012 and spread to 12 states with 22 training centres to train the differently-abled persons to enable them to get employment in the country.

Youth 4 Jobs (Y4J) in association with state-owned Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Academy (APITA) supported by Axis Bank Foundation organised a corporate meet to create jobs for youth with physical, speech and hearing disabilities here on Friday. The participants in the meeting shared their experiences in working with physically challenged in their organisations.

Human resources head Uma Chandrashekhar of the Metro Stores said that physically challenged are more sensitive to the environment around and they are quick to adjust. Representative from Lifestyle said they never thought hearing-impaired could be cashiers but Y4J built that confidence.

Vasavya Mahila Mandali president Ch Vidya said it was very unique and innovative work of the foundation to train and find jobs for persons with disabilities by encouraging companies to look at their abilities.

She suggested to the foundation to focus on the physically challenged uneducated persons in rural to engage them in some kind of work where they can sustain in their villages. She appreciated the initiative of Axis Bank Foundation in enhancing the lives of differently-abled youth.

Joint Collector Vijay Krishnan, appreciating the work of Y4J, assured the foundation to help in administrative side at Vijayawada. Lakshmi, employee of Schnider Electricals, said that she was from a poor rural background and tried to get a job.

"I went to many companies for jobs and everywhere I was rejected as I am speech- and hearing-impaired," she said. After joining Y4J, she was trained and job was provided. She completed 10 months at work and her work was identified and appreciated by the company, she added.

Hema Naidu and Shiny from Madonna College for Deaf are pursuing final year graduation. Y4J trained them under ‘College Connect’ programme in English and employability skills, they said.

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