THE Help a Child Trust (HELP) has signed a partnership agreement with You and Me Talents Fiji, which will feature the two groups targeting high school dropouts.
The agreement will involve HELP reaching out to dropouts and developing talent and interest areas they may have, which would be undertaken by You and Me Talents.
"Help a Child Trust's main focal area is children under 18, but we realise that one day children are going to emerge out of this target group to become young adults and youths," said HELP CEO Chandra Shekhar.
"We have noticed many students drop out because of poor academic performance, but that does not mean that they have come to the end of the road and they cannot excel anymore."
You and Me Talents Fiji has produced internationally-recognised talents since its inception in 2010.
CEO Anshu Lata said one of their talents won a gold medal at the Miss Earth pageant for environmental advocacy last year, beating representatives from 86 countries. Miss Hibiscus 2013 Priscilla Reddy is also a product of the talent agency.
Mr Shekhar said it was important to create linkages from children to their youths and adulthood, such as employment opportunities and development opportunities.
He said the organisation was looking to employ youths looking for first-time employment.
"I know it will be a challenge, but we will bring them in, get them trained, build them up and I will only be too happy to see them resign from here and move on to a better place."