1. How do I know if my institution is in the MS2W Network?
Check if your university or vocational college is one of the Mekong Learning Centers here.
2. Can I still join if my institution is not in the MekongSkills2Work (MS2W) Network?
Yes! We want help youth everywhere to get engaged with their skills and be prepared for work.
3. Who will be my supervisor if I’m not currently studying in a partner institution in the MS2W Network?
You will be working mostly independently with your team (that you’ve recruited) at your institution. The USAID-LMI COMET team in Bangkok will support you remotely via webinars and conference calls (but feel free to drop by our office if you’re ever in Bangkok!).
4. What are the activities that I’ll be doing?
Anything you want – as long as the activities help your peers get ready for work!
We have a set of trainings (e.g. photography, social media, taking videos, event planning) via webinars to help you get started.
We offer step-by-step career readiness activity templates (with ready-made presentations and facilitator notes) that you can take to your team and implement them at your institution to help promote MekongSkills2Work.
As time goes by, we hope that you’ll be creating more activities that suit the needs of your peers, and share them with the rest of the MekongSkills2Work Network!
5. What kinds of skills will I receive?
In a nutshell, the skills you’ll need to thrive at work! With your participation, you’ll gain these 21st century skills that employers are looking for:
- Critical thinking
- Oral communication
- Intercultural fluency
- Creative problem solving
More specifically, you’ll learn to plan events, conduct online campaigns, social media marketing, and networking (both inside your universities, and across other institutions online).
6. How will I get recognition for my work?
You will be awarded with certificates for your contributions and completion of trainings. We are in the process of setting up digital badging systems that you can share in your online profiles as well.
Exceptional Youth Reps who show proactiveness, creativity, and leadership will be invited to the MekongSkills2Work 2019 Leadership Summit in Bangkok, Thailand in July or August. The Summit will be joined by around 100 participants across the Lower Mekong countries, comprising of instructors, administrators, private sector partners, government officials, and other youth leaders.
7. Will I receive funding from USAID-LMI COMET to conduct MS2W activities at my institution?
If you are studying in one of the Mekong Learning Centers, there is a small amount of funding available to conduct activities.
If you are not studying in a Mekong Learning Center, there is no funding available from the project. You can try proposing for budget from your university, or fundraise from outside sources.
8. Will I need to travel?
Exceptional Youth Reps who show proactiveness, creativity, and leadership will be invited to the MekongSkills2Work 2019 Leadership Summit in Bangkok, Thailand around July or August 2019.
9. What are some examples of youth engagement activities that you (USAID-LMI COMET) have done in the past?
10. I still have some questions, what should I do?
Looking forward to hearing from you!