Sustainability Still Going Strong!

13 April 2019 0 comments Elsie Ong

Our Entrepreneurship Program, Taylor’s-CIMB Islamic Program Keusahawanan is entering strong into our 3rd year, with a little more flare!

“Extended our programs to the disabled people and refugees”

Foremost, we are extending our programs to
the disabled people and the refugees. Moreover, we are including a mentorship
structured where alumni are brought back to motivate, guide and encourage the
new participants. This truly reflects the sustainability of this concept and
how it could alleviate poverty at the core of it, where we see those who were
helped are helping others now. Thirdly, we are officially introducing the mini
Entrepreneurship Program, Program Keushawanan (PK) mini for children 7-12 years
olds. This idea was initiated last year where parents found it hard to take
care of their children and at the same time attend our entrepreneurship classes.
Hence, Taylor’s Community implemented PK mini to address this issue, where programs
for children are ran concurrently with the classes for the adults.

Today, we interviewed 74 new potential
entrepreneurs for our program, from the PPR communities and the disabled
people. Tomorrow, we will be recruiting refugees too. Out of all our
interviewees, 100% of them indicated that they are excited and will be fully
committed to this program. Throughout our briefing session, their active
participation in asking questions and playing ice-breaking games reflected
their enthusiasm and seriousness towards the program.

Another highlight would definitely regard
our volunteers; we were very encouraged by the sharing of their experiences and
how they really appreciated the opportunity to serve the community and engaging
themselves with the children. All of them gave positive feedback and want to
help out in this program again.

Overall, it was a bright start of PK2019! To volunteer and for more information, email us at taylor.community@taylors.edu.my or follow us on Facebook @CSR at Taylor’s Education Group to find out more!

A start of something new MaGICally!

13 April 2019 0 comments Elsie Ong

“Social Entrepreneurship is the new Business Model”, Forbes.

Many times, profits are earned at the expense of people and planet. However, with Social Entrepreneurship (SE), a brand new business model is built upon ecological, economical and social sustainability. Profits are sustained to alleviate social and environmental issues.

Many businesses have hopped on this bandwagon in their very own ways, out of their own initiatives. For example, the Silent Teddies, EPIC Homes, Suri, The Batik Boutique, Masala Wheels and many more.

Today, it is no longer a lonely journey for these SEs, we are stoked that the government is committed to support SEs. At the Malaysian Global and Innovation Centre (MaGIC), the Entrepreneur Development Ministry (MED), launched the accreditation guidelines for SEs. Its Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusof told the media that the accredited SEs would be able to enjoy various benefits. Moreover, those who contribute to such social enterprises are eligible for the tax incentives announced by the Finance Ministry.

Upon listening to these great news, Taylor’s Community felt proud that we brought along our home grown entrepreneurs who graduated from our Taylor’s-CIMB Islamic Entrepreneurship Program to be there at the event. After meeting various Social Entrepreneurs and talking to experts like Yasmin Rasyid, the Program Consultant at MaGIC, we are even more proud that our entrepreneurs themselves are motivated to work towards being accredited as SEs themselves.

Our entrepreneurs come from the B40 community and they don’t have much themselves, yet, after learning how to support themselves financially, they now aim to help others who were in their situation. Besides this, this group of six, understands most what it means to have nothing and could empathize with those who need helps. Hence, we are proud to announce that Taylor’s Community is committed to train, guide and mentor these six entrepreneurs to be SEs.

Going beyond Giving

2 April 2019 0 comments Elsie Ong

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

Starting from 2017, Taylor’s Community-CIMB Islamic formed a partnership aiming to alleviate urban poverty through an entrepreneurship program, called Program Keusahawanan (PK). PK is crafted for business owners within the low cost public housing communities under the Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR). Through these two years, we have seen the impact from this program where charity is transformed to sustainability, to go beyond giving, where participants are educated and empowered to fish for themselves.

Following the completion of PK1.0 2018, we felt that more can be done for these participants. Thus, in 2018, Taylor’s Community decided to launch a part 2 where more business and marketing workshops were held over 6 months to further educate them. Furthermore, scholarships in monetary form were given to the participants as incentives to attend the classes. We are encouraged by their dedication and commitment towards learning and growing, in their business as well as their personal well-being.

Most of them highlighted that PK boosted their monthly income, increased their confidence and widened their network. Here are some of their words:

Moreover, we are adding their children to the troop by forming a mini entrepreneurs Program. Our objective is to shape the younger generation with an entrepreneurial mindset, tackling attitudes, skills and behaviours. Teaching entrepreneurship is all about instilling inter-disciplinary skills which boost attributes such as self-motivation, creativity, adaptability, problem solving and innovation that will help them grow personally, academically and professionally.

“In 2019, it is our vision to educate and empower 1000 entrepreneurs!”

Moving forward, our leaders, both Dato’ Loy Teik Ngan, CEO of Taylor’s Education Group, and Mr. Rafe Haneef, CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad, are committed to bring this program to the next level, engaging more potential partners and stakeholders. In 2019, it is our vision to reach 1000 entrepreneurs across Malaysia. To make this happen, we need everyone’s support! We hope you’ll be part of us, part of our mission in transforming charity into sustainability.

Attached below is the testimonies of our participants, see how they have helped themselves! We only provided them a platform, they themselves did it!

For more info and enquiries to join us or collaborate, do contact us at: taylors.community@taylors.edu.my

Are we really connected?

31 March 2019 0 comments Elsie Ong

“Children are the future of tomorrow.” You and I, we familiar with this saying, but how many people actually to internalise the truth of this statement and act upon it?

“It takes the whole village to raise a child.” – YB Fahmi Fadzil, Member of parliament for Lembah Pantai.

In this day and age, with urbanisation, phones and instant media, we are slowly drifting apart as a close knitted community, and surely, we do not want this to happen to our future generation where everyone lives in silos, where in actual fact, our world know requires collaboration like never before, be it in education, technology, businesses, or even CSR, people need to work together in order to produce impactful results.

Thus, a collaborative spirit must be built in our children, our future generation, and where else other than a community club for children. Just like how YB Fahmi Fadzil puts it, “it takes the whole village to raise a child,” Kids 4 Kids (K4K) Civic Club aims to create a community learning centre in PPR communities and run educational programs for them to encourage interaction.

Taylor’s Community is supporting K4K in executing a 1-year program for the children with a monthly workshop. Last week, on 28th March at MINTS Hall PPR Kg Limau, a technology related session was held, namely, handling Microbits, to make learning fun and gave the 54 children an opportunity to spend their school holidays productively. The children were excited as Kenneth Chai from Learning Curve taught them about electro-wave, transmitters, input, output and above all, designing their very own 3D names. Moreover, YB Fahmi Fadzil, member of parliament for Lembah Pantai, who has been providing his continuous support, dropped by to be with the children and sponsored them ice cream, putting smiles on their faces.

We are proud to say that the number of children attending is a testimony to the sustainability of our work at Lembah Pantai. As encouraged, some children too brought new friends whenever they come for their k4k civic club activity to maximize the impact of connecting children and connecting communities. This round, 99% of our children indicated positive emotions and all the volunteers felt fulfilled and were grateful for the opportunity.

Moving forward, we are excited for the upcoming April workshop regarding history, to bring our children in togetherness, that they will be the future who stands for multidisciplinary collaboration. Follow us to find out how we’re going to make History interesting!

For more info or enquiries, contact us at: taylors.community@taylors.edu.my

Empowering Women by Breaking Taboos!

30 March 2019 0 comments Elsie Ong

“Sex”

“Shhhhhhhhh, you shouldn’t say that out loud!”

For many parents and teachers, sex education remains as a taboo topic and are often left out in our curricular syllabus. Nevertheless, people SHOULD BE educated with facts about sexuality and reproductive health to truly protect themselves and others, especially for women, as it is closely linked to one’s emotional well-being.

“Sex education is important for women to improve their emotional well-being and enhance relationship.”– Chia Yee, Psychologists and Lecturer from Taylor’s School of Liberal Arts.

Thus, through our Dinamika Wanita Program, we, Taylor’s Community, committed ourselves to empower under privileged women with sex education accompanied by a guided self-reflection session. This program is specially designed to encompass areas such as emotions, thinking (cognitive) and health.

After seeing positive impact Dinamika Wanita brought in the year of 2018 where it promoted social support, bonding and emotional management amongst our participants, we ran this session again with 26 new women from the public housing project (PPR) on the 23rd February 2019 at Taylors Lakeside campus. Participants from the age of 18 to 50 comprised of mothers and daughters, as encouraged, in hopes to provide new exposure to the younger generation.

In this program, besides having a talk, an open discussion session was held to address any questions that the participants might have. Following that, participants were guided in producing their very own self-reflection mind map that promotes emotional stability. Moreover, to assist mothers who had young children within their care, Taylor’s AIESEC student volunteers were engaged to provide learning lessons for the 19 children who were present in a different classroom.

To sum up, Dinamika Wanita is a fruitful program where more than 80% of our participants specifically indicated how they have grown in various areas such as knowledge, confidence and self-appreciation, and found the sessions helpful for their personal life. Furthermore, with everyone being grateful for the program, we will continue to hold Dinamika Wanita close to our hearts.

If you would like to support and make an impact through this program, do contact us: taylors.community@taylors.edu.my

Cultural Exchange for the Underserved and Marginalised Community

20 March 2019 0 comments Nelavathi Marimuthu

The world is shrinking and we are no longer only interacting with our neighbours and circle of friends. We are going around people from different country and different culture. Yet, today’s world is more xenophobic than ever before. Today’s modern people believe in more stereotypes regarding other nations than what one would expect. Today we tend to generalize, fear and exclude “the other” more than our previous generations. Therefore, the need to exchange culture is crucially important.

Cultural exchange is more meaningful for the underserved community where they can’t get access to the external world. Taylor’s community has initiated art and cultural exchange project with underserved communities, not only one but three in one week. It’s started with young refugee children aged 4 – 6 in Pertubuhan Pusat Kebajikan Destiny, followed by the maginalised community at SOLS.ai with youth aged 17 – 22 and lastly with Rohingya children aged 12 to 17 at Rainbow of Love (Pelangi Kasih). The art and cultural exchange project were led by international interns from Japan and Korea. The underserved communities learned about Japanese and Korean culture in this project.

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Art Brings Colour and Therapy to the Lives of Refugee Students in Rainbow of Love

18 March 2019 0 comments Amelia Ooi

“Art is all about expressing emotion”

On the walls of their school, they painted dreams of peace, their brushstrokes and illustrations expressions of emotions they would otherwise not be able to voice.

To help them cope with the present and overcome the trauma they have been through, Taylor’s Community initiated a mural painting project on 11th March 2019 for the Rohingya refugees studying in Rainbow of Love (Pelangi Kasih) school.

Hanif Mahpa, a teacher in the school says the project thought the students to be patient while boosting up their confidence level. “Over some small conversations with the students who was painting the wall, they have mentioned that they gained new experience and proud that they hand-painted a part of their school’s wall. The students are so happy that they can express themselves this way. They have enjoyed painting a lot,” he shared.

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Urban Farming Together with Lembah Pantai Kids and YB Fahmi Fadzil

15 March 2019 0 comments Nelavathi Marimuthu

Growing up and living with technology, our children today hardly got the chance to surround themselves with nature. This does not only disconnect them from mother earth, but also limits imagination and mental growth. The natural surroundings help in children’s learning and development, physical and mentally, thus it is extremely important for them to reconnect with floras and faunas.

With that, the ‘Kids 4 Kids’ (K4K) Civic Club of Lembah Pantai got their hands dirty while learning last Sunday. The children aged 7 to 12 of various PPR communities in that area gathered at Kebun-Kebun Kerinchi, for an urban farming activity along with Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai, YB Fahmi Fadzil. Kebun-Kebun Kerinchi is the second project of Ng Seksan, a landscape architect who’s the mastermind behind lush ‘Sekeping’ nature retreats around Malaysia. Under a meaningful theme: Nature and Cleanliness, 37 children from K4K Civic Club have participated in this activity together with their parents at the farm located right opposite Pantai Eco Park.

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Communication Workshops for the PPR Folks

20 February 2019 0 comments Ioana Lupa

What a great opportunity for our beneficiaries!

Taylor’s University students of School of Communication had two full weekends of workshops for our beneficiaries from PPR community.

Advertising, Public Relations and Broadcasting students organised hands on workshops for our beneficiaries.

The workshops included: product photography skills, business communication skills, poster design and interview attire skills.

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Healthchecks by School of Biosciences

31 January 2019 0 comments Ioana Lupa

January was a busy month for Taylor’s University students of School of Bioscience!

Under their community service hours, in collaboration with Taylor’s Community team, the students offered free health check services to our beneficiaries.

The health check included BMI, Blood Pressure, Glucose & Cholesterol checks. The students were also giving free consultation on physical & oral health, Diabetes, Cholesterol and danger of Nicotine.

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