2016 Alumni Awards: Business graduate promotes dignity and independence through employment
Watch this video to find out more about Javier's work with disadvantaged youth.
Business graduate Javier Batista received the community engagement award at the recent ACU Alumni of the Year awards.
Javier was recognised for his work setting up the not-for-profit Walk Of Life Training Inc (WOLTI), an organisation that works with high risk, disengaged youth to promote self-esteem and independence through employment.
“Coming to Australia when I was 15 meant I understood feeling outside the norm” said Javier, who is from El Salvador. “Disadvantaged youth and Indigenous Australians go through similar challenges…. our mission is to promote self-sufficiency for the transition into adulthood through education, marketable employment and vocational skills, finding careers with defined paths for growth and advancement.”
Javier’s passion for improving lives extends to his second venture, the My Career Walk (MCW) training program, which matches skills and personality traits to suitable employment environments for the unemployed or those currently employed in unsuitable roles. Identifying the right job for an individual, he said, fosters confidence and motivation which in turn improves not only their life but also that of their family and community.
"With an understanding that employment represents the main activity in a person’s life, we decided to dedicate our lives to improving the selection of a career.”