Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil

by The Trust for the Americas
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Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil
Training for Youth with Disabilities in Brazil

Dear Friends,

Thanks for your support and commitment to helping train people with disabilities in Brazil. The core objective of our regional program is to create new economic opportunities and to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into society.

With your contribution, The Trust for the Americas has continued strengthening one of its main pillars, education. Through the POETA program, we seek to create new ways to help participants establish their economic independence through technology. Thanks to our local partners and people like YOU, we have been able to positively impact the lives of hundreds of people in Latin America.

For instance, Beatriz, a young woman with a physical disability, tells us her story of overcoming challenges. She has received training in finance and advanced excel in one of our centers in Brazil. She has managed to obtain a position as an administrative assistant. Her family assures that Beatriz has gained independence and confidence. She aspires to continue her higher education and fulfill her dream of becoming a judge.

Beatriz is an example for all the people who find themselves in similar situations Today, she has a different reality thanks to her desire to improve herself. She incorporates all her knowledge in technology to open new career plans in today's labor market. 

Once again, thank you very much for your support. We will persist in working to make a difference in the Americas.

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Dear Friends,

Do you know that one teacher may have the potential to impact the lives of around 90 other individuals? Microsoft estimates that a teacher influences about 3,000 lives per year. A pretty impressive number for such an amazing and inspirational job.

At The Trust for the Americas, education is the core of what we do. Thus, it has proved to be the most effective path to ensure access to more and better economic opportunities, especially for those who cannot find jobs easily. We are able to accomplish this thanks to partnerships and to people like you who have continuously supported us in transforming lives in the Western Hemisphere.

For instance, Ivani is a pre-K teacher in Palmelo, Goiás, Brazil. She is one of the many lives impacted by us with your support. Her participation at the POETA Center changed her life. It gave her more skills to improve her work profile and continue teaching more people.

Ivani learned from an early age that technology plays an essential role in one’s life, as she obtained her bachelor’s degree online. Nevertheless, during her training at the POETA Center, she improved her technological knowledge and now applies it in her job as a teacher and her entrepreneurship. As a result of this project, she was also able to continue teaching people with disabilities during lockdowns in her small town, Palmelo. Among other things, she expanded her business after completing the project.

Today, Ivani faces many different types of challenges. However, she is more aware of the importance of cultivating 21st-century digital skills in people and boosting her agricultural business to make Palmelo a better place to live.

We are grateful for your help. Through your support, we continue to make a difference in the lives of those in most need.

Stay tuned to learn more about these local heroes!

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Dear friends,

2021 was a great year at The Trust for the Americas! Your support was crucial in our endeavor to create a brighter future for more people in the region.

Thanks to our donors' support, we impacted the lives of more than 7,500 people in Brazil. Stories like that of Sonia are vivid successes to what we, together, can accomplish.

Sonia lives in Curitiba, Brazil, with her 17-year-old daughter. Sonia arrived at the POETA Center in Curitiba while being unemployed and scared that her new limitations, from a brain aneurysm, would hinder her from getting a job.

At the POETA Center, through our Project POETA DigiSpark, she learned about Computer Science, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and soft skills. She also took the Hour of Code, which helped her develop personally and professionally.

Thanks to her process at the center, Sonia not only applied for a job as a Sales Assistant at Wiser Educação, but she got it! She says: "I felt confident again and was encouraged to train myself and reinvest in my professional career. With this opportunity, I could also improve my daughter's quality of life.

Sonia plans to continue taking courses and acquiring knowledge at Centro Poeta. She's more encouraged and eager to develop more skills to accomplish her personal and professional life.

Once again, THANK YOU for supporting us! Stay tuned for more stories!

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Dear friends,

We’re only halfway through the year but have already seen remarkable progress thanks to your incredible support. This year we have continued our efforts to reach vulnerable folks but have also started new initiatives like an Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Brazil. Through this Bootcamp, we have supported over 300 entrepreneurs in Brazil who are at different stages of their business, from those who are only just starting their business to experienced ones. We recognize that there are diverse interests and learning preferences with such a large group, which is why we provide training in different topics and through different methods, such as webinars, videos, podcasts, and discussions.  

The ambition to enable people to help themselves and others is also present at our POETA DigiSpark Centers across Brazil. Priscila is an example of how we are expanding our training opportunities to teachers and employees. Priscila works as a facilitator at the IDEAR Center in Maracanau. Because of her work, she was already familiar with online courses before starting her training. However, she felt like she could improve class activities and decided to enroll in the Digital Skills for Educators – Methodology for Virtual Teaching class in partnership with Eidos. This course allowed Priscila to learn new pedagogical methods to improve class dynamics and better connect with students, which reduced the number of students skipping a class. She was also able to monitor and manage the class virtually. 

Priscila claims that the training was critical for her class, as she now has more knowledge to impart to her students and in more efficient methods. She also claims that the course is more dynamic and engaging. Priscila did not know how vital digital skills were in an educational environment. Now that she sees the importance, she will add topics to her class related to the use of technology and is looking to pursue technology in pedagogy through her graduate studies. 

Training and encouraging staff and teachers will always be a priority for the Trust for the Americas and POETA DigiSpark. Doing so will ensure that we provide the best education to our participants and enable them to access the best opportunities. 

We once again want to thank you for all your support. Without it, we would not be able to reach as many people as we have, and more importantly, provide them with high-quality training that will empower them to improve their quality of life.

Thank YOU!

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Dear friends, 

 

Thanks to your solidarity and constant support, we have not only managed to benefit thousands of vulnerable people but, in 2021, we have managed to grow and extend our impact.

This year we will continue to work mostly in a remote format, imparting training through virtual platforms and continuing to investing our efforts to reach more people. Success stories like that of Meiriane reaffirm our belief that the work we do with our local partners is worth the effort. This work would also not be possible without your continued efforts and support.

Meiriane is a Brazilian woman who has been unemployed for a long time due to the pandemic. At a low point in her life, she was unmotivated. With few expectations, a friend took her to see one of our POETA centers. There, she found a space that prompted her, her son, and her husband to take computer courses. That small impulse led her to the entrepreneurship area as she told us: "thanks to the team, today I am motivated to continue with my studies, and in the future, look for opportunities in the market since now I have more freedom to think about my career." These words, the feeling of self-improvement, drive us to grow and always desire more.

Additional achievements of note were the events we held in the last quarter of 2020, which, without your support, would not have been possible. To tell you about some of these initiatives, through our local partner UNILEHU, we held the National Diversity Week, where we imparted a cycle of talks about the topic and organized a job fair with companies and economic opportunities available. Likewise, we gave a series of other conferences on different issues: maintaining inclusion in the network, meaningful encounters with companies, professionals, and other interested audiences. With OSJC, we managed to carry out various webinars, some related to technology and others about artificial intelligence. All these efforts have impacted thousands of people, giving many a second chance to grow and move forward in life.

As we know, 2020 was a year full of obstacles, challenges, and many difficult decisions to make, but without a doubt, it was also a year full of lessons. We had to rethink our strategies and move forward to meet the virtual demand. Moreover, we realized that these difficult times help us to grow, reinforce our mission, and to value the impact that we are generating in the region through our local allies and, above all, you. This 2021, we will continue to grow and expand in Brazil. Still, we will continue to leave a mark on vulnerable communities, as we went from having three, to having five, local partners in Brazil.

Thank YOU

 

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