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Economic inclusion of 350 teen mothers, Colombia

by Fundacion Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar
Economic inclusion of 350 teen mothers, Colombia
Economic inclusion of 350 teen mothers, Colombia
Economic inclusion of 350 teen mothers, Colombia
Economic inclusion of 350 teen mothers, Colombia
Economic inclusion of 350 teen mothers, Colombia
Economic inclusion of 350 teen mothers, Colombia

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects in Colombia. For instance, the mandatory confinement measures lasted for over 7 months, which has meant that the economy and the private sector have had a slow recovery. Hence, the economic inclusion of our teenage mothers has also been slow. 

Between July and September, the Employment and Entrepreneurhsip Office (EEO) identified 194 job vacancies that suit Juanfe's beneficiaries vocational profiles. In addition, 47 young mothers entered the formal labor market, of which 18 signed long-term contracts.

There were 24 virtual workshops focused on soft skills, entrepreneurship, biosafety for different vocational profiles, mental health, among other topics. In addition, there were 2 virtual courses, one on decoration and corporate gifts, and the other one on executive secretariat. 

As these young mothers enter the formal labor market, they:

  • Contribute to the social security system
  • Access quality health and other wellbeing services
  • Ensure the generation of stable income
  • Maintain their jobs and are recognized for their work and their human quality
  • Acquire economic autonomy
  • Reinvest in ther families and contribute to the generation of local GDP.

Due to the food insecurity caused by the pandemic, the Foundation implemented a strategy to deliver food aid for the beneficiaries and their families. Between July and September, Juanfe delivered approximately 300 grocery cards to the alumni. 

These women also have had permanent access to psychosocial care and sexual and reproductive health orientation.

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Juanfe Foundation started the year 2020 full of energy, commitment, and determination. The COVID-19 pandemic led us to adapt our work and design a remote care strategy that has allowed us to advance the accomplishement of our goals. 

During the first quarter of the year, 70 teenage mothers entered the formal labor market, of which 50 signed long-term contracts. The Employment and Entrepreneurship Office organized 7 workshops addressing topics such as social skills, IT tools, empowerment, and customer service. There were also 2 courses, one on entrepeneurship and the other on life project. In addition, the Office established 32 new contacts with potential partners in the private sector.

As Juanfe's beneficiaries enter the formal labor market, they:

  • Contribute to the social security system
  • Access quality health and other wellbeing services
  • Ensure the generation of stable income
  • Maintain their jobs and are recognized for their work and their human quality
  • Acquire economic autonomy

In sum, they have the conditions to save and invest in their families, offering better education and progress opportunities for their children. This is an important step towards breaking the poverty cycles. 

After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Colombia, the Foundation adapted its methodologies and started delivering workshops and courses using virtual platforms. Some of them have been focused on digital marketing and tools, and others have addressed the implementation of biosecurity measures.

Aside from these education programs, up until June 15th, Juanfe Foundation has:

  • Delivered 777 grocery packs for women who are part of the economic inclusion project.
  • Expanded its psychosocial care strategies, set up a permanent hotline, and organized private therapy sessions according to the needs of each beneficiary.
  • Provided sexual and reproductive health orientation through small "brigades."
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Jessica, one of Juanfe's alumni
Jessica, one of Juanfe's alumni

Juanfe Foundation serves teen mothers living in extreme poverty through a two-year model that addresses the root causes of adolescent pregnancy. As the model intends to break the poverty cycles that are partly caused by this issue, the final steps are oriented towards achieving the formal labor inclusion of the teen mothers. The Employment and Entrepreneurship Office (EEO) is in charge of this goal.

In 2019, we conducted the following activities:

  • We identified 1349 job opportunities that were adjusted to Juanfe's alumni profiles.
  • We conducted 283 psycho-technical tests and psychosocial evaluations.
  • We drafted 106 resumes and updated 148.
  • We followed up on 310 beneficiaries who are already employed, identifying opportunities for improvement in their training.
  • We carried out 18 courses and 33 workshops for professional enhancement.
  • We supported the entrepreneurship projects of 18 alumni.

At the end of the year, 290 women entered the labor market with formal jobs. As a result, Juanfe Foundation:

  • Promotes employment and stable income generation for women who were teen mothers.
  • Boosts economic mobility, driving these women from the base of the pyramid towards the middle-class border.
  • Encourages the adoption of responsible employment policies among the private sector.
  • Contributes to the generation of local GDP and the inclusion of these women in social security services, thus reducing public expenditure.

Testimony

 When she was 15 years old, Jessica got pregnant. Her father showed his disappointment while Jessica, who used to be joyful and a good student, locked herself down and questioned her future.

A few months later, she entered Juanfe Foundation, where she acquired the tools to redefine her life project and later graduated from the Hotel and Tourism Services technical career. Due to her excellent results, she earned a scholarship to study at the Cedesarrollo Comfenalco Educational Institution, where she obtained a degree in Administrative Assistant.

Jessica has been working in the hotel industry for the past three years. She is currently the Head of Reception and Reservations at the ZiOne Hotel in Cartagena. The economic autonomy she has gained allowed her to buy an apartment of her own, which she will receive in 2021. 

Dannith, her 6-year-old daughter studies at a private school and is learning English. Every morning, Jessica hugs her and tells her: "you and I, together forever".

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Between July and September, the Employment and Entrepreneurship Office (EEO), which is the third and last phase of a two-year model that serves adolescent mothers and their children and is focused on the economic inclusion of these young mothers, achieved the following goals:

- Identified 271 job opportunities, managed 66 jobs, and established 54 corporate contacts.

- Contributed to the attainment of formal jobs through 30 psycho-technical tests, the drafting of 26 resumes, and the follow-up on 105 beneficiaries that are currently employed.

- Strengthened the skills of 308 young women through 7 courses and 8 workshops for professional enhancement.

- With students of the second phase, the EEO conducted 1 course for the prevention of sexual abuse in partnership with CIBER PROTECT; promoted a selection process for the kitchen and table attendant positions in the Naval Club; and performed a financial education training in partnership with Bancamía.

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During the second quarter of 2019, Juanfe's Employment and Entrepreneurship Office (EEO) reached several goals. The EEO is the third and last phase of a two-year model that serves adolescent mothers and their children and is focused on the economic inclusion of these young mothers. This quarter, the EEO:

- Identified 324 job opportunities, managed 71 jobs, and established 62 corporate contacts.

- Contributed to the attainment of formal jobs through 66 psycho-technical tests, the drafting of 72 resumes, and the follow-up on 30 beneficiaries that are currently employed.

- Strengthened the skills of 359 young mothers through 6 courses and 6 workshops for professional enhancement. 

In addition:

- 16 teenage mothers received training in entrepreneurship and will soon launch their own stores. 1 young woman received a sewing machine and a clothing-filleting machine to start her dressmaking business.

- Private sector enterprises met the Juanfe Foundation and became familiar with responsible employment policies thanks to three activities organized by the EEO: the Juanfe Tour, the Job Fair, and the Business Breakfast. Several beneficiaries started their internships as a result of the contacts established during these events. 

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Fundacion Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar

Location: Cartagena, Bolívar - Colombia
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