ANZ Vietnam and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation today announced the successful completion of ANZ Kickstart – a year-long programme which has positively impacted over 120 disadvantaged youths and their families in Vietnam.
The programme aims to help young adults improve their career and education opportunities via career orientation workshops; life skills training; individual counselling; field trips to work places; opportunities for job placements and vocational training.
In addition to financial assistance, ANZ also provided extra support with delivery of its flagship financial literacy programme – MoneyMinded, Mentorship and other volunteering activities by its staff.
A total of 458 participants took part in all sessions under the ANZ Kickstart Programme.
ANZ CEO, Vietnam, Dennis Hussey said, “We believe in making longer-term impact to children’s lives by focusing on education and providing a fairer start for vulnerable young people, who without the programme, would not have had access to these experiences, knowledge and skills. ANZ Kickstart was made possible by our partner Blue Dragon’s dedication and by the terrific commitment and energy of the young people in the programme.”
“We are committed to the economic empowerment of young people in Vietnam, and look to support similar programmes with Blue Dragon in the future,” Hussey added.
“ANZ’s support has been crucial to our success in building better futures for children at Blue Dragon, ensuring they have the tools they need to choose and pursue economically-sustainable and rewarding careers,” said Julienne Carey, CEO of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.