Korea opens center offering employment support to migrant teens
A center that will provide educational and employment support for migrant adolescents, including Filipinos, has been opened in South Korea through the help of the public, private and industrial sectors.
The center, called the Global Youth Dream Center, is a five-floor structure that has a gross floor area of 1,428 sqm and located in Suwon City in Gyeonggi Province, one hour south of Seoul. The center was formally opened on May 10.
"It is a miracle that a center for migrant adolescents, who in particular face many difficulties, was established with assistance and contributions from many individuals," said Suwon Mayor Yeom Tae-young during the opening ceremony.
According to Mayor Yeom, the number of foreign residents in the city has reached 55,000 in 2016, an 18.5 percent increase from last year. He called the growth "remarkable."
Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul S. Hernandez attended the opening ceremony to express the Philippine Embassy's support to the project.
"I am happy to see local government, business and the church join hands here in Suwon to show their full support to the youth as they aspire to pursue personal development, contribute to the community and serve the larger population," Hernandez said in his congratulatory remarks.
In a news release, the embassy said the Global Youth Dream Center has its exterior decorated with shapes and colors that symbolize multiculturalism. Managed by Father Choi Byeong-jo, the center contains a vocational skills development office, case management office and alternative school lecture hall for capacity building purposes.
There is also a book cafe, community hall, library and outdoor rest area, which will serve as "communication spaces" as they will be open to both the migrant adolescents and local residents.
The center will be offering a high school equivalency test class, together with the "Geuruteogi" volunteer team formed by Samsung Electronics researchers, for migrant adolescents and local residents who either cannot provide evidence of their academic background or dropped out of school for personal reasons. —KBK, GMA News