The World Economic Forum (WEF) has officially recognized Vietnamese-Australian Jimmy Pham for his role in lifting over 300 Vietnamese youth out of poverty.
Last week, the international organization declared Pham a Young Global leader.
"This award recognizes Jimmy's pioneering work in delivering vocational and life skills to young Vietnamese in need," said Australian Ambassador Allastar Cox. "With its support for lifelong education and giving back to the community, KOTO is an institution all Australians can be proud of."
Pham founded KOTO (Know One, Teach One), the not-for-profit hospitality training organization which has educated in excess of 300 street and disadvantaged Vietnamese youth in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Pham announced that his organization plans to open a restaurant in HCMC this year.
"[The honor] highlights the plight of street and disadvantaged youth and vindicates the work we're doing at KOTO, including the importance of social enterprise as a means of helping people lift themselves out of poverty and live their lives with integrity," said Pham.
Koto already runs a restaurant in Hanoi where trainees work to gain practical experience. All profits are invested back into the program.
Koto's 24-month program includes both front-of-house and kitchen training, as well as English and life skills courses. The organization provides trainees with accommodation, food and medical care, all free of charge.