Feb 6, 2017

Empowering Youth with disabilities in Brazil

Fabiana, Curitiba
Fabiana, Curitiba

This time, as in previous years, The Trust for the Americas would like to share a story about effort and determination that breaks the stereotype and shows the importance of never giving up at any age.

Fabiana is a 41 year old woman who is in charge of three children and who lives in the Región Metropolitana of Curitiba, Brazil. She used to work at a factory in Curitiba, which was the only support for her family because it had been hard for her to find other jobs due to the fact that she had not completed her high school degree.

One day, and by a turn of fate, Fabiana had a car accident when she was crossing the street after leaving the factory. As a result, Fabiana wasn’t able to do any type of activity related to her job. After her slow recovery, she was relocated in the administrative area of the factory but due to her lack of training, it was impossible for her to perform well in the area she was assigned to.

Her arrival at the POETA Center was by means of a nomination from the Instituto Nacional para Estudios Estratégicos and she was selected. Even though she was worried not only because she was going to be away from her children due to the time required by the program but also because learning and overcoming her difficulties with the technological and content resources was a challenge for her. 

Beyond her fears, she made an effort and started the program, since it was an opportunity to be trained and feel useful again in her work.

Not only she started the program but completed three professional training programs. This way she could overcome her limits, be trained and work in the contents in which she had difficulties, and this generated in her something that wasn’t in her plans, which was acknowledging her personal and professional development and gaining trust in herself.

“I feel privileged, because I had never had the opportunity to take personal development courses and that way increase my expectations” said Fabiana.

Thanks to POETA, Fabiana wants to resume her high school studies and participate in more technical courses for her personal development and be able to be reintegrated into the labor market in some administrative area.

With this story, we want to show how, once again, POETA introduced a change, created an opportunity, not only encouraging professional development but also personal development. That is why we hope that with your donations you could help us giving an opportunity to so many people in the same condition.

Nov 10, 2016

Empowering Youth with Disabilities in Brazil

Wendel, from Brasilia
Wendel, from Brasilia

Another year is coming to an end, and The Trust for the Americas celebrates the results we have achieved with your help in Brazil and across Latin America. Since 2005, our flagship program, POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas), has positively impacted the lives of many youths in the western hemisphere. This past year, we launched a new program to foster innovation and disruptive solutions in the region. Democratizing Innovation in the Americas (DIA) aims to strengthen our work in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In partnership with UNILEHU, the POETA centers in Brazil train youth with disabilities and equip them with job readiness skills crucial for their successful job inclusion. So far, 2016 can be summarized in 4571 indirect beneficiaries, 821 direct beneficiaries, and 786 economic opportunities in Brazil. We would like to share one of our many success stories.

Wendel is a young man from Brasilia. He lives with his father, mother and his three brothers. He has an intellectual disability. His father needs to work on two jobs to support the family, installing air conditioners and as a security guard in a hospital.

Wendel learned about the POETA program over the Internet, and decided to participate on the training courses of the POETA center. Even though he is a struggling student, he wanted to learn because he knows he needs to be prepared to achieve his goals and go to college. He studies during the mornings while he works on the afternoon. The Digital Literacy course at POETA strengthened the abilities needed in his current job as an apprentice at the Secretariat of Agriculture. “POETA helped me a lot in my day-to-day, performing my duties in a much more efficient way”.

Wendel graduated from school and with his current salary he paid for the ENEM (high school national exam) preparation course. “My dream is to be a doctor because I come from a poor family so I want to be a general practitioner or a family doctor to help people”, says Wendel convinced.

We are very proud on the impact of our programs. Wendel, as many other youths in the region, should have the possibility of living a better future. We cordially invite you to keep supporting our efforts to build a better future for youth in Latin America and the Caribbean. A small donation can mean a big help for providing more and new opportunities to vulnerable communities in the region.


Sep 26, 2016

In pursuit of a better life

Andrea from Argentina
Andrea from Argentina

This year, Andrea from Mar del Plata, turned 19 years-old, and despite her young age, she’s been struggling to continue pursuing her dream: study Laws. She had to drop out from Law School because of financial struggle, like she recalls, “I just couldn’t afford it.” She tried to help herself working for a cleaning services company, providing cleaning services for merchants and other businesses in her city.


Andrea joined POETA YouthSpark Center following the advice her boyfriend gave her, assuring her that the life skills, ICTs training and job readiness courses would have a positive impact in her life.  Thanks to her training she was able to get a new job where she can put the tools and skills she learned into practice. As she recognized, “the job training helped me to acquire the know-how I needed to find a better job. I learned how to put my C.V. together, how to find a job in these times and lots of tips. They also helped me to know how to conduct an interview.”


She continues to see herself as a lawyer in the future. A dream she hasn’t given up on. That’s why she’s planning to return to the University to finish her law degree.


Andrea’s success story is one of many stories from all of the lives POETA YouthSpark Project has come to impact. Thanks to the efforts placed in the Project from the Trusts and its allies, the Local Partners and the local communities as a whole, but most importantly, your support, we are able to provide youth in Latin America and the Caribbean with the tools and skills to foster change in their own lives and to share it with their communities.


Help us continue fostering opportunities and developing capacities to our youth al across the Americas!


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