The YMCA Rural Centre which has been serving the rural community since 1960 has been renamed as YMCA Centre for Education and skill Development in the year 2008 with a thrust to impart quality education and job skill training to the rural and semi-urban children and youth. This centre provides vocational skill training in computers, sewing and entrepreneurship skills to the youth of Bangalore urban and rural districts. The youth are also empowered in various supportive skills like communication, Spoken English, career guidance and personality development. This effort is helping many poor and underprivileged youth to obtain a job oriented skill to find suitable employment or to be self employed.
YMCA realized the need for a school in this part of the city to provide quality education to the poor and underprivileged children. Stemming from this need, a pre-nursery School was started in the year 2009. The following year the school showed remarkable progress and the school was upgraded up to 4th standard during the academic year 2010-11. Now the school has around 250 children from pre-nursery to 10th std and all of them come from poor families in the villages surrounding Kumbalgodu in Bangalore district. YMCA school is a great support for the people of this area to get quality education and life skills. The school is duly recognized by the Govt of Karnataka. Our vision is to see that all the children irrespective of their economic condition, caste or religion get equal opportunity for learning and become successful in life.
The YMCA centre imparts sewing and embroidery skill training to the young women in Kumbalgodu area. So far the centre trained around 800 women in sewing and entrepreneurship skills which empowered them to acquire suitable employment. Many students trained in our centre are working in the Garment companies in Bangalore and some of them have set up their own tailoring shops and earning well to support their families.
The YMCA centre at Kumbalgodu organized a sports meet and cultural programme on 14th November 2017 at the YMCA school grounds as part of the world YMCA/YWCA week of prayer and fellowship. Mr.S.Bhaskar, the Sub Inspector of police at Kumbalgodu station was the Chief Guest.
Father Gideon, Director and Principal at St.Benedicts school was the guest of honour. The chief guest inaugurated the sports meet and addressed the gathering. He called upon the students to make use of the opportunities provided by the YMCA and become useful citizens of this country. In the evening a cultural programme was organized and prizes were distributed to the winners of various competitions. Lunch was provided to all the children and other participants and it was a memorable event for children.
YMCA Centre for Education has partnered with the Goldman sachs company under its CSR programme to implement community projects. Every year the YMCA centre gets around 100 volunteers from the company who come and work in various community projects. They have planted sapplings, painted the buildings and conduct programmes like career guidance, entrepreneurship skills and personality development.