Medellin is becoming a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, as more and more businesses are coming to find talent with digital, coding, and soft skill. Girls are not an active part of this. MAKAIA will train 25 girls from low-income communities in coding and programing skills so they can acquire the right skills to get good jobs, build a career path, or start their own businesses-but, most importantly, so they see that they can have personal and professional opportunities with technology.
In Medellin, 54.99% (116466) of youth between 16 and 18 years, that graduated from high school in 2017, don't have access to tertiary education opportunities. Among girls, this percentage is much higher. At the same time, the city of Medellin, as part of its innovation development plan is fostering the creation of new tech companies and providing incentives for foreign companies to settle in the city, creating many opportunities for IT talent, but are not finding local talent.
We will train 25 girls, from low-economic levels, in basic IT and programming technologies as well as on 21st century skills, such as communication, collaboration and initiative. We will do this with an intensive 8-week, mentor based training, inspirational talks and visits to tech companies. This will allow them to continue their IT training and development and benefit from the opportunities that the city is fostering. The initiative has an employment focus so these girls can find jobs in IT.
If we give 25 girls the right skills and opportunities with technology, they will become change agents in their communities, raise the voice of women and youth in technology and become role models for other youth. By aligning the training with the development of the city and driven by market opportunities, many excluded youth will have the opportunities to transform their life and the one of their communities. They will be able to find high-paid jobs that can promote social mobility.