Mar 4, 2019

Planning of new hopes

Starting the year, they initiate new plans !! Excited and eager to generate new opportunities, after the good results of last year where the Youth Employability Program was implemented in 18 public high schools located in 6 of the 7 provinces of Costa Rica, impacting a total of 1218 vulnerable youth. Your generosity has allowed us to continue strengthening the program, opening new alternatives of advancement for costarican youth, and supporting our organization in its goal to lead the way in the construction of a more equal and inclusive society with real opportunities for young people in Costa Rica.

This year we are planning our workshops focused on employability, where we will create new dynamics and activities that allow young people to obtain new knowledge and empower themselves for a future work.

In addition, we are developing new partnerships with allied companies in the community, in order to generate new experiences, in which our young people will know how a company works, hoping that it will open new ideas and opportunities in their professional future.


¨Going to University was not something I planned. Today, I can say that I have a different mentality, that I love to learn, that my newly achieved knowledge is reflected in my grades and in my effort, that I am proud to by a college student at ULACIT… furthermore, I love to know that I have people that believe in me and that support me in my personal and professional projects. I am deeply thankful with  Fundación Acción Joven not only for helping me believe in myself, but for teaching me how to fly.¨

Currently, Costa Rica is the Central American country with the highest numbers of youth unemployment, with an approximate of 172,136 youth between 15 and 24 years of age that are neither working nor studying.  This has very serious implications in terms of economic and social stability and represents a serious challenge that must be attended. Vulnerable youth that are outside the educational system and do not have a formal job are especially vulnerable to being recruited by gangs, participate in illicit activities, and make life choices that separate them from the possibility to achieve social mobility.

 Fundación Acción Joven has been working with vulnerable youth for the past 11 years. This has allowed us to understand that in order to generate a real impact in the lives of our youth it is necessary to transcend the very important technical knowledge, and generate spaces to allow each person`s aspirations and dreams to emerge and flourish.  Thanks to your solidarity, our organization has been able to continue impacting at risk youth and offering them with opportunities to continue with their personal and professional development.

Dec 4, 2018

First career fair for young women

Dear donor,

Greetings from Fundación Acción Joven!  We are very pleased to share with you the positive results we have obtained with the Youth Employability Program during this past few months! 

We launched the 1st edition of the Career Fair for Young Women, a collaborative work effort between the Embassy of Australia, Parque La Libertad / CETAV, Ideas en Acción, ICD, Konrad Group, Universidades CR and Fundación Acción Joven. We exceeded our goal impacting more than 115 young women in contexts of social vulnerability, most of them are about to graduate from one of the four public high schools invited to this event.

This fair functioned as a closing event for the Young Women Employability Program (PEM) developed for the first time from May to July of 2018, in which 80 young women from four public high school participated in 4 workshops, 1 company visit and in the Employability Camp (during half-year vacations).

By the end of this year, a total of 18 public high schools have participated in the Youth Employability Program, resulting in more than 815 tenth and eleventh grade students benefiting from the program activities: participatory workshops, talks, interview drills and company visits.

We are very proud to have reached our yearly goal and look forward to start a new year full of initiatives to support students in the development of the job skills that allows them to experience firsthand the connection between education and professional success.

This wouldn´t have been possible without your generous support and willingness to collaborate with our organization. On behalf of our organization and of Costa Rican youth, we thank you for investing in creating more opportunities for young people and in building a more just and inclusive society.

Kind regards,

Sep 4, 2018

593 vulnerable trained for employability

Company visit to Nestle
Company visit to Nestle

Dear donor,

Greetings from Fundación Acción Joven!  We are very pleased to share with you the positive results we have obtained with the Youth Employability Program during the first semester of 2018! 

We launched the 6th edition of the Youth Employability Program in February 2018, with the beginning of the school year. In the first semester of 2018 we exceeded our annual goal of impacting a minimum of 450 vulnerable youth through our trainings, participatory workshops, and company visits.

So far, a total of six public high schools have participated in the Program, resulting in a total of 593 tenth and eleventh grade students benefiting from the activities. This youth have received 5 participatory workshops, talks, and participated in at least one company visit. Additionally, 80 students from the vulnerable communities of Pavas and Puntarenas have engaged in professional internships at Hilton Hotels, and received specific training in the area of hospitality.

We are very proud to have reached our yearly goal in only six months and look forward to a second semester full of activities. During the remaining six months of 2018, eleven other high schools will receive the contents of the Employability Program, resulting in 275 additional beneficiaries.

By the end of the school year we expect to have impacted 868 public high school students, doubling the initial projection of 450 beneficiaries.

This wouldn´t have been possible without your generous support and willingness to collaborate with our organization.  On behalf of our organization and of Costa Rican youth we thank you for investing in the creation of more and better opportunities for youth.

Kind regards,

Company Visit to Western Union
Company Visit to Western Union
Company Visit to Texas Tech and Promerica Bank
Company Visit to Texas Tech and Promerica Bank
Map with the participating high schools
Map with the participating high schools

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