Oct 30, 2017

Empowering Youth with Disabilities in Brazil

Students in Brazil
Students in Brazil

The Trust for the Americas is committed to support young people, from vulnerable communities, to overcome obstacles by teaching courses in professional and technological skills and offering guidance for new economic opportunities. Your support has helped us reach young people in Brazil through our Social Franchise POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas).

POETA is a regional initiative that promotes digital literacy, life skills and job readiness to advance economic opportunities for vulnerable groups, particularly at-risk youth, women and people with disabilities. At its core, POETA aims to bridge the inequality gap in the region through a multidisciplinary approach that helps participants develop life plans, start or strengthen social and economic ventures, secure a job, internship or further education opportunities. To this end, POETA operates through a network of technology centers, which are spaces equipped with computers, adapted technologies and learning materials.

Andre, 25, is young man with an intellectual disability from Curitiba., Brazil. After suffering discrimination while working at a supermarket, Andre lost confidence performing his job. He joined the POETA Center in Curitiba. With help from participants and facilitators, Andre was able to learn about technology as well as developing skills to reenter the job market. Thanks to his experience, optimism and development at POETA, Andre was able to obtain a job offer after carrying out an internship. Andre said that learning about technology and how to use it for the work place helped him in this new opportunity.

With your support, we help youth like Andre, who otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to technology and its benefits. People with disabilities and/or economic and social barriers are mostly underrepresented in the fields related to technology. We kindly encourage you to keep donating so that young entrepreneurs 


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Jul 31, 2017

Empowering Youth with Disabilities in Brazil

The Trust for the Americas is committed to support young people, from vulnerable communities, to overcome obstacles by teaching courses in professional and technological skills and offering guidance for new economic opportunities. Your support has helped us reach young people in Brazil through our Social Franchise POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas). We have many success stories of beneficiaries of our POETA Center in Brazil, but today we would like to share a very special one.

Renan, 24, is a young man with an intellectual disability from São Paulo, Brazil. He lives with his parents and brother, in one of the neighborhoods with the highest rates of poverty and inequality of São Paulo. Prior to joining the POETA Center, Renan had little aspirations and believed that his disability would not allow him to get a job and gain professional experience. However, when he found out about the Center, he became really eager to acquire technology skills that would allow him to grow professionally and personally.

Once he joined the Center, he started taking courses in Computer Science with the hopes of finding a job one day and being a productive person of society. While still enrolled in the course, Renan started working with a company in the human resources department. In this company, his leadership and communication skills really stood out. He started giving ideas that would improve the communication on the company’s website and increase different marketing tools to attract users’ attention. Renan says, “I wish to continue learning how to use technology so that one day I can be the best designer of Brazil”.

With your support, we help youth like Renan, who otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to technology and its benefits. People with disabilities and/or economic and social barriers are mostly underrepresented in the fields related to technology. We kindly encourage you to keep donating so that young entrepreneurs like Renan can make a better future for themselves and their families.

May 4, 2017

Empowering Youth with disabilities in Brazil

Daniel, Sao Paulo
Daniel, Sao Paulo

Another report added to our list. The Trust for the Americas would like to share another success story with you and keep you updated about our progress. In this opportunity, we would like to talk about Daniel’s story, a young entrepreneur who thanks to the POETA Center continues to make his own way towards a better professional future.

He lives with his parents in Sao Paulo and he wants to get into college to study Information Technology to become a specialist in interactive games. Daniel is one of many others who chose the POETA Center with the goal of acquiring technology tools that would help him in his professional growth. Also, he entered the POETA YouthSpark Project with the idea of venturing into Computer Science to be able to get a job in which he could apply all of his knowledge.

We believe being determined and having objectives in life is of the utmost importance, and Daniel is an example of this, because during his training process, simultaneously, he started working at a company specialized in coffee machines from Italy. There, Daniel showed his leadership and good communication skills, which allowed him to train himself and help other colleges and friends.

As Daniel was learning at the POETA Center, he began to apply the technology knowledge he had learned to his job, to improve the communication processes in the web page and to give ideas to renew the daily accountability of the company. Daniel is working hard to be able to present his proposal at the Entrepreneurship Fair carried out by the organization.

Daniel tells us: “in the future, I want to be an expert in the creation of spreadsheets to improve the quality of my work”. He also hopes to continue his high-quality studies to become the best video game developer in Brazil, because this is his true passion and what is better than working off what you like the most and be able to be good at it.

With this, we want to show you, the donors who help us tirelessly, the impact and reach of the POETA Project. It generates social cohesion, that is to say, it integrates people to the digital world and to courses that would not have been available to them, and it also gives them a productive perspective regarding technology and social inclusion.

Because of this story and all those that will come, we would like to invite you to continue participating with your donations and to continue changing the future of young entrepreneurs like Daniel.

Thank you!!

 
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