In Colombia, about half of young people lack formal employment, with 67% being women. This exacerbates inequality and poverty, particularly impacting women who face additional consequences (unwanted pregnancy, sex trafficking) and limitations (caregiving duties, limited participation in certain fields due to stereotypes, and insufficient training and representation). Today, only 2 in 10 women pursue science and technology careers, and hold 17% of positions in this sector.
Colombia's tech industry needs 216,000 new professionals by 2023, but a talent shortage looms. To address this, we'll train 100 young women from low-economic backgrounds in IT, programming, and life skills through a 12-week mentor-led program where 80% of our graduates secure jobs within 3-6 months of completion.It includes networking, interview coaching, and portfolio building, and concludes with a virtual Demo-Day where participants showcase their portfolio to industry professionals.
If we give 100 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 new opportunities in the IT job market, young women 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.