Hi Raymond Gabriel, thank you for doing this interview. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, I’m Raymond Gabriel, Vice President of Vision2Transform (V2T). I’m also the founder and executive director of People Systems, a leading Social Enterprise that has impacted over 48,000 beneficiaries from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Thailand and New Zealand to achieve financial breakthrough.
For our readers who might not be familiar with IMPIAN Program and Vision 2 Transform (V2T), could tell us more about them?
Statistics have shown that institutionalised children and adolescents are at greatly increased risk of serious mental and behavioural problems, up to seven times more than their peers. In Malaysia, at least 15,000 children and adolescents are living in private and government-run registered institutions. More than 80% of these children and adolescents are in fact not orphans and are often under-supported and vulnerable.
Recognising the need to empower the nation’s underprivileged youth with tools and training to build their future dreams, 3M, the global science company launched the IMPIAN program early this year in partnership with Vision2Transform (V2T). V2T is a national NGO committed to transform the lives of marginalized communities and bring displaced groups back on track through its trademark programs that focuses on building income generation capacity among the marginalized as well as increasing financial literacy nationwide.
The IMPIAN Program was supported by a grant worth RM 197,075.00 from 3Mgives – the primary social investment arm of 3M. Through IMPIAN, we hope to provide equal opportunity for the youth at-risk to become independent and confident as the agent of change for the future. We believe that every citizen in Malaysia regardless of their background, race, or income level, deserves a chance and opportunities to change their state, and V2T is proud to collaborate with 3M to run this program to positively impact at-risk youth.
IMPIAN is also in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals no.1, 4, and 8 that aim to reduce the population living in poverty, provide quality education and learning opportunities for all, as well as reducing youth unemployment, respectively.
Who is this program designed for and what will they learn?
We worked with 3M to design a program that will empower and equip our society’s underprivileged youth with the right mindset and skills to eventually bridge the income inequality gap and help them better integrate into society.
Conducted over a period of six months, the IMPIAN program has trained participants in various topics revolving around financial planning, budgeting, property investment, customer analysis, digital marketing, sales strategy, and operations. Simultaneously, the participants were also put through a mentorship program to work on improving their interpersonal skills.
How many participants have joined this program and how did they do?
The IMPIAN program has provided entrepreneurship training and mentoring opportunities to over 40 young adults from 5 non-profit organisations to enable them to get up on their feet and work toward financial independence.
Culminating in a successful 100% participation rate (zero dropouts), the program recorded the following positive feedback:
- Increase in confidence – 97.5% of participants are more confident to start their own business upon finishing their training with the IMPIAN program.
- New business ideas and future planning – 75% of participants admit that they have more clarity on their future goals and visions after attending the training program.
- Improvements in financial literacy – 92.5% of participants acquired practical steps to better exercise their finances and admit to already using the concepts that were shared during the mentoring sessions.
We are happy to learn that our participants feel confident and motivated upon completing the training program. Even if they were to use these skills to develop a side business while looking for full-time work, it would provide means for financial relief and give them an opportunity to grow their skills as well. Therefore, we are very grateful to partner with 3M for this meaningful program.
For our readers who might be interested to learn more about IMPIAN Program or Vision 2 Transform (V2T), where can they contact you?
For all those who are interested in the programs offered by Vision 2 Transform and our sister company People Systems Consultancy, you may reach us at 03-79552528 or drop us your enquiries to our email at [email protected].
Share with us three books that have inspired you. Feel free to suggest more than three.
The Digital Matrix: New Rules for Business Transformation Through Technology by Venkat Venkatraman
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future by Steve Case