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!


Aug 11, 2016

Empowering Youth with Disabilities in Brazil

Globalgiving: proyecto de jóvenes con discapacidad en Brasil.

The Trust for the Americas is committed to help people living in vulnerable situations transcend themselves and find the opportunities for a better quality of living. The POETA Social Franchise program trains people from vulnerable communities in digital literacy, computer science, job readiness skills and offers guidance for economic opportunities.

Here at the organization, we like to highlight our beneficiaries’ success stories and discover in what way we are helping them. Thanks to our partner’s contributions, we were able to help Marlon overcome his disability and guide him into achieving his goals.

Marlon is a 19-year-old young man with a physical disability. He comes from a humble family. He lived with his parents, a sister and an aunt, in the vicinity of the Casa Verde neighborhood, São Paulo. He now lives alone in Tatuapé, East Zone of São Paulo.

At the age of 16, he started at law school and is currently in the middle of the major. He became aware of POETA in March 2015 when he entered the Learning Program. During his time in POETA, he learned basic computer skills and worked during his training.

Marlon always stood out for his commitment and quality of work. His ability to deal with colleagues proved that he knew about teamwork. In POETA, he learned to do spreadsheets in Excel and apply it in Citibank. Courses such as Entrepreneurship, Formal and Informal Communications and Customer Service also made a difference in his performance.

During the months he was in his theoretical and practical training, Marlon showed a lot of content and a great performance regarding assigned tasks. He was highly praised by the bank manager because of his highly demanding activities and the complexity of the work.

He quit his job as an intern in Citibank when he got a job as a Junior Auditor in one of the world's largest auditing firms - Deloitte Brazil Audit and Consultancy. Marlon said he would never have achieved this without the help of POETA.

Marlon plans to continue law school, specializing in the area of investment. By doing this, he can maintain a connection with the financial market, where he started as an intern.

We hope that with your donations, we get to help more people every day and to keep writing more stories such as Marlon´s.


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