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
Wendel, from Brasilia
Wendel, from Brasilia

Another year is coming to an end, and The Trust for the Americas celebrates the results we have achieved with your help in Brazil and across Latin America. Since 2005, our flagship program, POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas), has positively impacted the lives of many youths in the western hemisphere. This past year, we launched a new program to foster innovation and disruptive solutions in the region. Democratizing Innovation in the Americas (DIA) aims to strengthen our work in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In partnership with UNILEHU, the POETA centers in Brazil train youth with disabilities and equip them with job readiness skills crucial for their successful job inclusion. So far, 2016 can be summarized in 4571 indirect beneficiaries, 821 direct beneficiaries, and 786 economic opportunities in Brazil. We would like to share one of our many success stories.

Wendel is a young man from Brasilia. He lives with his father, mother and his three brothers. He has an intellectual disability. His father needs to work on two jobs to support the family, installing air conditioners and as a security guard in a hospital.

Wendel learned about the POETA program over the Internet, and decided to participate on the training courses of the POETA center. Even though he is a struggling student, he wanted to learn because he knows he needs to be prepared to achieve his goals and go to college. He studies during the mornings while he works on the afternoon. The Digital Literacy course at POETA strengthened the abilities needed in his current job as an apprentice at the Secretariat of Agriculture. “POETA helped me a lot in my day-to-day, performing my duties in a much more efficient way”.

Wendel graduated from school and with his current salary he paid for the ENEM (high school national exam) preparation course. “My dream is to be a doctor because I come from a poor family so I want to be a general practitioner or a family doctor to help people”, says Wendel convinced.

We are very proud on the impact of our programs. Wendel, as many other youths in the region, should have the possibility of living a better future. We cordially invite you to keep supporting our efforts to build a better future for youth in Latin America and the Caribbean. A small donation can mean a big help for providing more and new opportunities to vulnerable communities in the region.

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The Trust for the Americas is committed to help people living in vulnerable situations transcend themselves and find the opportunities for a better quality of living. The POETA Social Franchise program trains people from vulnerable communities in digital literacy, computer science, job readiness skills and offers guidance for economic opportunities.

Here at the organization, we like to highlight our beneficiaries’ success stories and discover in what way we are helping them. Thanks to our partner’s contributions, we were able to help Marlon overcome his disability and guide him into achieving his goals.

Marlon is a 19-year-old young man with a physical disability. He comes from a humble family. He lived with his parents, a sister and an aunt, in the vicinity of the Casa Verde neighborhood, São Paulo. He now lives alone in Tatuapé, East Zone of São Paulo.

At the age of 16, he started at law school and is currently in the middle of the major. He became aware of POETA in March 2015 when he entered the Learning Program. During his time in POETA, he learned basic computer skills and worked during his training.

Marlon always stood out for his commitment and quality of work. His ability to deal with colleagues proved that he knew about teamwork. In POETA, he learned to do spreadsheets in Excel and apply it in Citibank. Courses such as Entrepreneurship, Formal and Informal Communications and Customer Service also made a difference in his performance.

During the months he was in his theoretical and practical training, Marlon showed a lot of content and a great performance regarding assigned tasks. He was highly praised by the bank manager because of his highly demanding activities and the complexity of the work.

He quit his job as an intern in Citibank when he got a job as a Junior Auditor in one of the world's largest auditing firms - Deloitte Brazil Audit and Consultancy. Marlon said he would never have achieved this without the help of POETA.

Marlon plans to continue law school, specializing in the area of investment. By doing this, he can maintain a connection with the financial market, where he started as an intern.

We hope that with your donations, we get to help more people every day and to keep writing more stories such as Marlon´s.

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Djully, POETA beneficiary
Djully, POETA beneficiary

Here at the Trust for the Americas, we are happy to share the stories behind our efforts. Which wouldn’t have been possible without the convergence of multiple actors. Here at our Organization, we know the importance of highlighting accomplishments of our partners, as they are extremely valuable when it comes to materializing an opportunity. Thanks to AVAPE and UNILEHU, and every donation made, the Trust was able to accomplish this year’s goals so far.

Djully, is 26 years old, and lives with her husband João and her 8 year old daugther. Djully suffered a genetic condition that resulted in a physical disability, which unfortunately got worse during her pregnancy, and left herin need of a wheelchair to get around. Thus, this has not stopped her from learning and dreaming of becoming a graphic designer. She approached the POETA Center because of her interest in taking the Basic Computer course. Since then, she’s also taken the Personal Finance and Preparation for the World of Work courses, which have helped her find a job. With this job, she is saving up to pay for her university studies.

"The courses at the POETA Center have helped me learn how to use image editing software which will be helpful in my future, and POETA has also positively impacted in my family", Djully remarks. In the future, while continuing to work, she hopes to be able to take more courses.

With your help, the POETA Social Franchise will be able to continue to work for the social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations in the Americas in this coming year, fighting to achieve more rights for more people.

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Lucas - POETA Beneficiary
Lucas - POETA Beneficiary

Another year has started, and The Trust for the Americas (http://trustfortheamericas.org) celebrates the results we have achieved with your help in Brazil and across Latin America. Since 2005, our flagship program, POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas), has positively impacted the lives of many youth in the western hemisphere.

Today, it has evolved into the POETA Social Franchise, a regional effort to empower the most vulnerable communities in our hemisphere, with centers in 17 countries across the Americas that serve approximately 100,000 individuals a year. The model offers a portfolio of more than 36 products, services, and benefits to the network of centers that strengthen their institutional capacity to better serve target communities.

In partnership with AVAPE (http://www.avape.org.br/portal/), the POETA centers in Brazil train youth with disabilities and equip them with job readiness skills crucial for their successful job inclusion. We have had many success stories, and today we want to tell you all about Lucas. 

Lucas is 16 years old and he has an intellectual disability. He lives with his mother, his 7 year-old sister, and his stepfather. He studies at the Educational Center in Sobradinho, and is currently in his first year of high school. He is a good student and gets good grades. He would like to study physical education to prepare to work for the police. He wants to be a police man because he feels uncomfortable with social injustice and the lack of security for Brazil’s population. He is committed to helping his country become a better one. 

Lucas could have never imagined how much he was going to learn at a POETA Center. He was surprised when he started learning not only about computer science and IT but about personal finance and how to prepare to enter the work world. At the center, he learned how to build his resume. This helped him achieve a part-time paid internship at CAESB, who also provide him with bus passes and meal vouchers. He works in administrative services, where he is able to apply everything that he has learned at the POETA Center. His internship will last two years and will allow him to save up to pay for university.

“The POETA classes have encouraged me to seek new horizons, to believe in myself and in the capacity that I have to overcome my difficulties,” says Lucas. 

Lucas’ story is one of many. With your help, the POETA Social Franchise will be able to continue to work for the social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations in the Americas in this coming year, fighting to achieve more rights for more people.

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Thauane , POETA participant
Thauane , POETA participant

The Trust for the Americas  (http://trustfortheamericas.orgcelebrates the results achieved in 2015, in Brazil in particular and accross Latin America.

Since 2005, POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas) has positively impacted the lives of many youth in the western hemisphere. This year 2015 in numbers represents 36.833 indirect beneficiaries, 5.780 direct beneficiaries, and 1.057 economic opportunities. At the same time, it shares a renovated view, a theory of change: If POETA implements high-value capacity building services, technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation tools, and provides advising on accessibility, economic opportunities, sustainability, and innovation, a network of key actors will be strengthened and use this knowledge to create social and economic inclusion.

For Brazil, this 2015 can be summarized in 2.286 indirect beneficiaries, 555 direct beneficiaries, and 107 economic opportunities. Greicielen and Thauane are two young females who participated with our local partner AVAPE, challenged stereotypes and, despite disabilities, were able to secure a job. POETA is proud to communicate the following success stories.

Greicielen, 26, suffers from myoplegia (periodic paralysis) after a car accident 11 years ago. Greicielen says that despite the limitations that a wheelchair can represent, her eagerness to learn and desire to live a productive life are stronger. She was particularly interested in POETA because it offers computer science courses and provides tools that are useful to enter the labor market, such as courses on personal finance and administrative processes. Today, Greicilen has a full-time job and plans to return to college soon!

Thauane, 19, is the protagonist of our second success story. Thauane has been through difficult situations, from domestic violence to troubles in school due to a learning disability. She says that POETA changed her life, “it is a different experience and has helped me to adjust my new lifestyle.” Focused, determined, and optimistic, Thauane hopes to continue her education to become a journalist.

Both stories communicate our efforts in this year 2015. Greicielen and Thauane ensure that POETA has not only impacted her immediate employment status and provided them with tools to improve their skills but also positively impacted their personal lives.   

POETA Social Franchise will continue to work for social and economic inclusion in the Americas in 2016, reaching more rights for more people.

Greicielen, POETA participant
Greicielen, POETA participant

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