In the support of raising awareness about autism, 7-Eleven Malaysia collaborated with NGO Hub Asia to initiate a short certification programme on Café Preparation and Service for autistic youths at Autism Café Project in iM4U Sentral, Taman Perindustrian Puchong.
Mohd Adli Yahya, a father of an autistic son, left his job to help local autistic youths take charge of their lives in seeking and securing future employment. The café presented an ideal opportunity for 10 of its youths to slowly build their confidence by socializing with others and accomplishing daily tasks.
“As parents, we constantly think of our children’s best interests, and raising a child with autism is no different. In fact, it becomes even more crucial for us to be supportive and guide them through the process of being independent on their own,” said En. Adli.
“Knowing that our child is capable to take charge of their own future helps put our mind at ease, as we know that they will be able to support themselves when we are no longer able to,” he added with a teary smile.
Volunteers from 7-Eleven Malaysia coordinated the programme by mentoring youths to carry out basic café and food service skills such as greeting walk-in customers, serving food and baked goods, as well as cleaning and clearing tableware and kitchen utensils after use. In between, volunteers would provide encouragement and assurance to further boost their confidence.
To acknowledge their efforts, upon completion of the certification program, 7-Eleven Malaysia awarded each youth with a certificate and goodie bag. They also contributed a generous amount of supply consisting eggs, rice noodles, sugar, coffee and other necessities for the café’s daily operations and catering services.