Know One, Teach One (KOTO)
While Vietnam is a rapidly growing tourist destination, youth from disadvantaged backgrounds lack the vocational and language skills needed to take advantage of the opportunities the hospitality and tourism industries provide. KOTO is a leading nonprofit provider of vocational training for disadvantaged young people (those on the street, released from detention, orphaned and other) with a strong track record of employment for graduates of its intensive restaurant training and practice program. With EMpower’s support, KOTO is expanding its successful model in Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, to include a mentoring and coaching program for graduates of the Hanoi program to guide Ho Chi Minh City trainees.
EMpower’s third grant to KOTO supports the health and well-being component of the KOTO Saigon program. The main purpose of this grant is to support vocational training in conjunction with KOTO’s holistic development program which incorporates life skills, health, support, community services, sport and many social activities. The second outcome of this grant is to support a successful senior camp which provide leadership and team building opportunities for the youth.