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 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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Dear Friends,  

Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide training in digital and employability skills to +2,200 youth with disabilities, like Graicielen, in Brazil throughout 2020.  

Graicielen is a 26-year-old Brazilian woman who lives with her mother and brother in Curitiba - Paraná. Graicielen has myoplegia, a condition that affects the nerves and limits her mobilitydue to car crash she was in when she was 11. 

At the POETA Center of our local partner, UNILEHU, she enrolled in the Personal Finances and Administrative Assistant courses. After a month of learning new skills, she landed a large pharmacy job as an administrative assistant. At her new job, on top of managing the pharmacy branch, she has been able to foster long lasting friendships. Thanks to the training in personal finances and her new job, she is now saving up to finish her college degree.   

 
Another accomplishment is that we were able to secure a USD $1,000 relief fund donation from GlobalGiving, to attend the structural damages of our local partner, UNILEHU, caused by the cyclone that hit in June in Curitiba –PR. 

COVID-19 significantlyimpacted the operations of our POETA Center,as Brazil washeavilyaffected by the pandemic, and were forced to not offer in-person training in March2020 to comply with local regulations. As a result, the POETA Centershave gradually transitioned from an in-person to an online training strategy. WithTheTrust’ssupport, local partners have utilizedonline tools, such asMoodle,Microsoft Teams,Skype,Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp,to offer trainingand mentorship. COVID-19 challenges motivated The Trust and its local partners toincreasetheuse and appropriation of technology by teachers, to further develop life, technical and digital skillsof the vulnerable populations they serve. Our POETA Centerscontinue to embrace the challengeof utilizing technology anddevelopinglife, technical and digital skills to promote opportunitythrough technology. 

 While we look forward to the time when our local partners can safely open their POETA Centers, we continue toinvest our efforts in developing a robustonline training and mentorship program as a strategy that promises to reach an ever-increasing number of participants.  

Thank YOU! 

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Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your constant support. The Trust for the Americas and our local partners continuously work together to generate a more just and inclusive society. 

Our POETA Centers in Brazil are actively promoting accessibility for young men and women with disabilities. In partnership with various organizations in the city, the POETA Nexus Center- Arapiraca held a series of conferences in the National Week of Struggle for People with Disabilities (2019). The conferences addressed issues such as accessibility, health, human rights, and social inclusion policies.

 Around 320 people attended the events ranging from diverse social organizations that serve people with disabilities, to academia and the general public. Two of the most distinctive conferences held were “The power to listen: if we are so different, how can we understand each other? What is the true meaning of the words and everything that is not said?”, “Emotional Metaintelligence” and “Top Communication”.

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Commemorative book for 15 years of partnership
Commemorative book for 15 years of partnership

Dear friends,

Thank you for supporting us throughout 2019. We are glad to share that in commemoration of the 15 years of partnership with Microsoft in favor of a region with greater access to the necessary skills and technology, we launched the 15 Stories for 15 Years of Partnership book. 

This publication aims to present some inspiring stories of POETA participants and how teachers, youth, women, and people with disabilities use technology to innovate, create and strengthen their communities.  We are grateful to our donors in GlobalGiving who make these success stories possible.

The book also showcases the impact stories of three women from Itaborai, Maracanau, and Sobradinho in Brazil. To read their stories, please click the following link: https://www.trustfortheamericas.org/media/press-room/kits/versions/en/15-A%C3%91OS-POETA-FINAL_liSPFYi.pdf

Further, we would like to give a shoutout to some talented youth with disabilities from the POETA Program in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and Argentina.

An app to help people with hearing disabilities

Edel --- Santa Catarina, Mexico

Edel is a 19-year-old student from Santa Catarina, Mexico. Edel, who has a hearing disability. He joined POETA YouthSpark at the UTSC (Universidad Tecnológica Santa Catarina) Center where he took coding, app development, innovation, and entrepreneurship courses. Inspired by his courses and interested in innovating through technology, Edel and his classmates were able to develop an App called Infotrans, which helps people, including those with hearing disabilities, track the status of their flights.

Edel and his team competed internationally, among 600 participants, at the JA Global Youth Forum. Here, Infotrans won third place. Throughout the Forum, Edel was able to attend conferences with world-class keynote speakers and participate in alumni panels and entrepreneurship workshops.

Edel is thankful to Microsoft, The Trust and UTSC for their continuous in his journey to develop key computer science skills as he shares he is committed to continue learning to both innovate and help empower others with disabilities.

 

Technology allows Marbellys to see the world

Marbellys ---- San Jose, Costa Rica

Marbellys is a young woman from San José, Costa Rica who has a visual disability. Marbellys works at PANACI (Patronato Nacional de Ciegos) and has always been interested in learning how adapted technologies work. Looking to becoming more independent, Marbellys joined the POETA Center at PANACI where, thanks to Microsoft and The Trust, she received digital skills training through the Window-Eyes program.

This program allows Marbellys to use a computer through screen readers and voice recognition. Marbellys comments: "Thanks to Window-Eyes, many doors have been opened; it has opened up the world I had always wanted to explore and it has allowed me to feel useful in my community." In addition to learning digital skills, Marbellys increased her self-esteem and self-confidence, allowing her to feel fulfilled as she is now able to support her family.

 

Briggitte changes her life through POETA YouthSpark

Briggitte ---  Lima, Peru

Before joining POETA YouthSpark, Briggitte was a 22-year-old shy woman with limited mobility due to a type of Spina Bifida. Because of economic constraints, Briggitte dropped her undergrad studies to help her mother at home.

After hearing about POETA YouthSpark at a health fair, Briggitte joined the project at the Fundades Center in Lima. After three months of training, Briggitte developed key technical and digital skills which allowed her to secure a job at Konecta, where she became responsible for managing the company’s large CRM (Customer Relationship Management).

Briggitte’s experience at the POETA YouthSpark Center and the relationships she developed here allowed her to increase her self-esteem and become more independent. Briggitte is grateful to Microsoft, The Trust, and Fundades for helping her develop key skills that have allowed her to shape her future.

 

Technology opens up a world of opportunities for Magdalena

Magdalena ----  La Plata, Argentina

Magdalena, 25 years-old, lives with her 9-year-old son from La Plata, Argentina and is a massage therapist. Magdalena, who has a visual disability, joined POETA YouthSpark through the CILSA Center. After her Digital Skills training at the Center, Magdalena acquired employability skills empowered through technology. She learned how to operate Microsoft Office package, how to develop her CV, and how to create blogs and websites. Thanks to these skills, Magdalena was able to strengthen her business.

With support from CILSA, Magdalena secured an internship at the Universidad del Litoral. Inspired by her own learning process, Magdalena decided to become a professor and is now studying to become a Technology Professor.

Edel - POETA Mexico participant
Edel - POETA Mexico participant
Marbellys - POETA Costa Rica beneficiary
Marbellys - POETA Costa Rica beneficiary
Briggitte - POETA Peru participant
Briggitte - POETA Peru participant
Magdalena - POETA Argentina participant
Magdalena - POETA Argentina participant

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Cristina at her training
Cristina at her training

Dear friends,

We are glad to share that we incorporated a new element of training of trainers in digital and computer science skills. This training strengthens teachers’ skills and provided them with strategies to promote computer science tools in their teachings, regardless of the subject at hand. Facilitators are motivated and better prepared to implement their newly acquired knowledge with participants.

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your generosity and support in helping Brazilian youth with disabilities, and now, facilitators in vulnerable communities.

Meet Cristina, she is a 37-year-old teacher from the city of Maracanaú. She is a teacher specialized in educational computing and, in her free time, she loves researching new technologies to introduce to her students.

She joined POETA at the IDEAR Center in Maracanau to acquire new digital skills with the hopes of improving the quality of her teachings. At the Center, Cristina stood out as a friendly and passionate student who was always eager to share her learnings with both her peers and students. She learned how to use key platforms such as Skype, Microsoft Sway and other useful tools of Office 365.

Cristina describes all the training offered through POETA  as enriching and greatly appreciates the opportunity to learn at the Center. Thanks to her new skills, Cristina has been able to improve a project of hers where children sing and play through a computer program that works with a programming language called Scratch. Cristina’s project has already received several awards, including the Teachers' Award of the State of Brazil.

Working with technology brought motivation and personal satisfaction to Cristina. As she continues working on her project, Cristina prepared a presentation and a musical demonstration which she will present at IDEAR’s annual event this August. In the future, Cristina wants to continue learning about programming and ICT so that she can share further knowledge with her students.

Other teachers at their digital skills training
Other teachers at their digital skills training
POETA Center in Maracanau
POETA Center in Maracanau
Students at the POETA Center
Students at the POETA Center
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