Scholarships for Youth Social Entrepreneurs

by CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation) Vetted since 2007 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


SINAL seeks to reduce youth unemployment in marginalized communities in Brazil through creating an apprenticeship program in the new professions of sustainability. With our partners the Do School, next year for 10 weeks 20 young social entrepreneurs from around the globe will come to SINAL for the "Apprenticeship Challenge" - where they will work on this real-life innovation challenge to develop new economic opportunities for youth around the country and create a more sustainable future.

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Global youth unemployment and the education-to-employment gap are two facets of one of the most pressing problems of our time. Brazil's youth are suffering with the economic crisis and with few job opportunities, many are forced to turn to trafficking. Moreover, the jobs the more educated do have access to are often in mining, oil, and other highly destructive industries. For a new generation of leaders to create a greener economy and more sustainable future, we need a new model of education.


Westerwelle Foundation, Sinal do Vale and the DO School have partnered to host 20 emerging social entrepreneurs from around the globe in SINAL's living laboratory campus for the incubation phase of the Apprenticeship Challenge, aimed to develop models for local businesses to train young people on the job, focusing on continuous skill-based training. This model should be scalable and adaptable to any country.

Long-Term Impact

During the 10 weeks of the incubation phase of the challenge, young social entrepreneurs will engage in co-creation, innovation through diversity, and hands on practice, developing and promoting apprenticeships/vocational training models. After the incubation phase, they will go back to their home countries to implement their own social entrepreneurship ventures for 10 months. The program they create will then be implemented at SINAL for periphery Rio de Janeiro and hopefully scaled across Brazi

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Sinal do Vale Website
The DO School Apprenticeship Challenge
The DO School Youtube Channel
Sinal do Vale Youtube Channel

Organization Information

CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Thais Corral
General Coordinator
Duque de Caxias, RJ Brazil
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