Hope Awards honor individuals and organizations in Malaysia that promote nation-building as well as the companies that support them
Youth-Friendly Company of the Year selected for making long-term commitment to improving the lives of others and empowering youth
THE Youth Trust Foundation (myHarapan) has recognized Tandemic for its successes in promoting innovation by youth as well as volunteering at the 2012 Hope Awards, held in conjunction with the Youth Social Business Summit in Kuala Lumpur.
Attendees of the summit included Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Jürgen Hammer, chief investment officer of Grameen Credit Agricole, and a number of Malaysian youth organizations.
"The Youth-Friendly Company of the Year is a company we selected for making a long-term commitment to improving the lives of others and empowering youth," said Nurfarini Daing, CEO of the Youth Trust Foundation. "We chose Tandemic because we've seen how pushing youth to innovate and achieve more is a huge part of its fabric.”
The Hope Awards honor individuals and organizations in Malaysia that promote nation-building as well as the companies that support them. The nominated projects must be championed by youths aged 15-29 years old, non-partisan, and non-religious.
Tandemic was recognized for its work on Makeweekend, Do Something Good and the Social Innovation Lab, it said in a statement.
Makeweekend is a national programme where youth brainstorm and build prototypes to solutions to everyday problems. The programme has reached over 1,000 youth nationwide.
Do Something Good is Malaysia’s volunteering platform, where nearly 3,000 youth find volunteering opportunities and gain virtual points and badges for participating.
Social Innovation Lab is an accelerator for social enterprises, providing software technology to help start-up and power technology-based social enterprises.
“Many people think -- including youth themselves -- that youth can’t achieve as much as people who are older and more experienced,” said Kal Joffres (pictured on the far right, with his team), director at Tandemic.
“I think that the Tandemic model proves that wrong. The team is almost entirely in its 20s and it has achieved some great results with a very high level of professionalism. We’re grateful to myHarapan for the recognition.”
The 2012 Hope Awards were held on Dec 9. Other projects recognized for their efforts include Teach for Malaysia, which won the Who’s Who award. Green initiatives were also recognized, as EcoKnights was awarded the Environmental Conservation & Sustainability Award for its KL Eco Film Fest project.
Tandemic helps build communities and social movements for brands, non-profit and government organizations, F&N, Firefly Airlines, Microsoft, and Kakiseni.
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