At our company retreat this past May, PeopleDoc identified two nonprofit organizations that we as a company are proud to lend our support to. I caught up with Karine Rivoire, PeopleDoc’s Regional Operations Manager for the UKI & Nordics, who presented one of these organizations at our retreat. We talked about the compelling work and mission of this organization, called LP4Y, which trains youth living in extreme poverty in the Philippines, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia through formalized programs that teach young adults how to create, build, and manage a small business. You can watch some of their amazing stories here.
Can you tell me a little about LP4Y’s work and why you find the organization’s mission so compelling?
Karine: LP4Y was founded by a couple from France who decided to help young people living in very hard conditions. They were so deeply struck by the poverty they saw in South Asia and wanted to leverage their skills to help transform the reality of so many young people living in hardship, on the streets. There are plenty of charities that give money or help people find meals, but I was really excited by the idea of getting young adults off the streets and enrolling them in a program, so they can learn how to get a job, and how to change their lives. It’s sustainable charity. Their programs support young adults throughout their lives by showing them how to grow their skills and find a job. I think that’s really amazing.
How did you decide to propose LP4Y for one of PeopleDoc’s social initiatives?
Karine: I spent time living in India and, like LP4Y’s founders, I was also deeply touched by the young people I saw living in the street. There’s always been a little voice telling me to do something to help, but I didn’t know what to do -- should I tap my network, raise money, help people directly? So I loved that LP4Y supports young people by leveraging the skills and networks of working professionals. I decided to present LP4Y at the retreat because I thought their mission was very much in line with the spirit of PeopleDoc. We’re a company that’s innovative and excited about working with young people -- I thought an organization that supports entrepreneurship for young adults was a great fit.
I know it’s early in the process, but do you have a sense of how PeopleDoc will work with LP4Y?
Karine: I think PeopleDoc is particularly excited to support an international charity because we’re a multinational company. And I think our support could take different forms -- maybe organizing fundraising events, mentorship, spreading the word, or encouraging companies to hire LP4Y alums! It’s a work in progress, but I think we’ll lend support in different ways, through giving time or sharing skills, for instance. We’re organizing presentations now to introduce LP4Y to PeopleDoc employees.
That’s exciting! And what kinds of outcomes are you looking forward to?
Karine: Building a better world, where everyone has a chance to be successful. It’s exciting to support young people because I think real change is so possible for them -- you know, I think it’s easier to make life changes when you’re 14, rather than 40. And I think when you empower youth, you can multiply your effects. Young people will help their families, their parents, but they will also empower their own kids and share their knowledge, ultimately helping to break the cycle of poverty.
Karine Rivoireworks in our UK office as PeopleDoc’s Regional Operations Manager for the UKI & Nordics.
Nicole Lindenbaum is the Director of Product Marketing at PeopleDoc by Ultimate Software. Nicole leads the global messaging strategy for PeopleDoc by translating technology into business benefits HR can actually understand. With significant experience in HR technology, Nicole writes and speaks about HR service delivery, employee experience, digital transformation, and the future of work. Nicole holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.