What you need to know
According to Lodging, in 2018 71 million youths were unemployed worldwide. Daniella Foster, senior director at Hilton believes that hospitality training “can add 86 million jobs to the economy in less than a decade.” This was said knowing the results from a global youth happiness index that was created in 2014, to help world leaders understand what factors foster the wellbeing of today’s youth.
Call to action
What has been done?
KOTO which stands for Know One Teach One, is a a non profit social enterprise that empowers at risk and disadvantaged youths in Vietnam through its hospitality training program. It also a restaurant with amazing food and you can see the trainees working there. I did an interview with Melanie Seidel, the senior executive to get a better understanding of how KOTO has helped brighten these youths futures. The full audio interview can be found on this link.
In this diagram taken from the KOTO meet our alumni page, the alumnis can be found in 12 different counties working or studying, 20 have received scholarships for education abroad and 40 of them already own businesses.
What can we do?
Support the small local businesses
Many of the people working street vendors, pho shops or cafes, which are found everywhere, are using that income to support their families to the best of their abilities. Because these are purposefully set in the tourist destinations of Hanoi, it allows workers to not only support their families but grow their business too.
To get a new perspective on this topic I did an interview with my mum to find out how cooking has improved her lifestyle. Link to written interview.
Did you find this topic interesting? Do you feel like knowing how to cook has improved your lifestyle even in the smallest way? Please let me know in the comments.
“KOTO Team.” Koto, www.koto.com.au/koto-team.
Meyer, Ellen, and Ellen Meyerhttps. “Hospitality Training Gives Youth Tools to Advance Careers and Improve Lives.” LODGING Magazine, 5 Oct. 2018, lodgingmagazine.com/hospitality-training-gives-youth-tools-advance-careers-improve-lives/.