Mantri Developers join hands with Smile Foundation to support Youth Livelihood in Bangalore

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To support a STeP centre at Kanakpura

Bangalore : December 7, 2015: Smile Foundation, a national level development organization joined hands with Mantri Developers, one of India’s leading real estate developers, to support the livelihood for marginalized youths at Kanakpura area, Bangalore. Under this partnership, Mantri Developers will support a new Smile Twin e Learning Program (STeP) centre that will benefit around 100 youths in the urban slums of the area. Most of the beneficiaries under the project are from economically backward section and this life-transforming programme (STeP) will help them to face the employment market and thus support their family.

Smile Twin E- learning Programme (STeP) is an initiative of Smile Foundation that aims at creating a pool of young and independent people, from the marginalized section, through skill enhancement in tandem with market requirements. STeP is an effort towards bridging the gap between demand and supply of skilled manpower. This national level programme trains the urban underprivileged adolescent youth in English proficiency, basic computer education and soft skills for enhancing their prospects of employment in the fast expanding retail, hospitality and BPO sectors. After the successful accomplishment of the training, Smile Foundation provides placement assistance for STeP students.

Speaking on this association, Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, COO, Co-founder, Smile Foundation said, “India is home to one of the largest youth population in the world, a greater portion of which is unemployed. Provided a proper training and guidance, they have the potential to contribute productively to the economy of the country. We are thankful to Mantri Developers to extend their support for this initiative and share our vision for a better, skilled India. “

About Smile Foundation:

Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation benefitting over 300,000 underprivileged children, their families and the community directly through 158 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.

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About Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP)

Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP) is a national level livelihood programme that trains urban underprivileged youth with market-oriented job skills such as English, basic computer, personality development, retail management, relevant soft skills etc and makes them employed in retail and service sectors across India. So far, more than 16,000 youth have been trained and 11,550 have been placed in over 140 brands through 45 operational projects across India.