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Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil

by Associacao Dream Learn Work Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Vocational Training for Young People in Brazil
Our team together with DLW participant Pedro H.
Our team together with DLW participant Pedro H.

Dream Learn Work 5th Report on GlobalGiving

Dream Learn Work’s mission is to give youth from less developed areas opportunities for a better future through education and employment.

 

Introduction

The year is flying by! We have participated in a number of events and activities and have a lot to share. This report outlines Dream Learn Work`s activities on the third quarter of this year.

 

2018 Courses

Dream Learn Work recruits participants from social projects that work in less developed neighborhoods. These local projects contribute in the completion of basic education and the development of life skills. Dream Learn Work offers the next step: professional skills development and the support to enter the formal job market. Our amazing (and small) team have recruited 52 new students this year. These participants have received guidance and had their educational path prepared with the support of the NGO they are linked to. In total we have 111 participants enrolled in our program, some are at the end of their educational journey and starting to work and change their futures.

DLW has developed a model for training that all participants need to follow. They need to demonstrate motivation and dedication to complete each level and proceed to the next.

Level 1 - Basic knowledge and introduction to a subject. Aim: Assess skills and motivation. 2018: 44 courses committed so far.  

Level 2 - Longer courses, following the introductory course. Aim: Prepares for an entry level position in a company and to follow on to a technical course. 2018: 24 courses committed so far.

Level 3 - Vocational training course. Aim: attain a recognised professional qualification. 2018: 4 committed so far.

Level 4 - University degree - 15 students enrolled through scholarships or public universities. 

AUGUST

Hotel Fasano

Our participant Pedro Henrique is employed at Hotel Fasano since July 2017, where he works as a chef’s assistant at the Italian restaurant Fasano al Mare. But only in May 2018 we were able to visit Pedro at the well-known hotel in Ipanema. He has been promoted three times since starting at the hotel and is well integrated in the team. We are immensely happy to see Pedro's achievements, his dedication and talent for cooking are being recognised. Continuing this way, and he has a promising future. We only got the permission to publish our visit at the hotel in August. 

Igor Moreno, exhibiting art at CCBB

Dream Learn Work’s participant, Igor Moreno, with the artistic name IZY is exhibiting his art at the famous CCBB cultural centre, owned by Banco do Brasil (Brazilian Bank). The exhibition began on August, 14th and will last until December - simultaniasly as the Basquiat exhibition. Igor has been with Dream Learn Work since 2015, studying design and visual communication. This year he finished his vocational training in Visual Communication at SENAI Maracana. During these years he has also developed his own social project in Muquico, a slum area near his home, where he has been using art to develop the dreams of the people living in the neighbourhood. The UN has made a video about his project. His greatest passion is graffiti and street art. When he started our program his dream was to be able to make a living of his art, which he is now doing. 

The future and I

DLW has asked several of our students about their thoughts on the future. In August we published the interview of Raissa from Complexo do Maré. She underlined the importance of educating the police better for the well-being of the slum areas and the honest people that lives within those areas: “When I think about the future, I think about how much I’d like that the military police not to exist or to be more prepared. Many problems happen nowadays in our society due to their lack of training; if they had a better preparation, it would be a big step already.’’ She also mentioned a bit about the current politics situation: ‘’In few words, I hope the future brings more democracy, health, education, resilience and empathy. I see a better future depending on who gets elected; if Bolsonaro wins, we won’t have any hope.”

SEPTEMBER

Visit at Cristo Redentor - organized by Intertouring

In September DLW organised an event with Intertouring, a local tourist agency to promote tourism as a area to build a career within. We had the opportunity to invite 20 students to have a guided-tour in the historical city center, a bus trip through Rio de Janeiro and a visit to Christ the Redeemer, one of the most famous tourist attraction in Rio. The tourism agency also arranged presentations of professionals working in the area and sharing their own experiences. All 20 participants had never been to Christ the Redeemer. The emotions and happiness was overwhelming to see. 

NGO partners event

At DLW we believe in the power of shared knowledge. As we work in partnership with six social projects, DLW has started to organize meetings between all of our NGO partners. This initiative was created so we can learn from each other and improve our processes. In September we had our forth meeting, held at Projeto Grael in Niteroi. Another great event with our NGO partners. 

Rio Oil and Gas

Together with Team Norway at the Norwegian pavilion Dream Learn Work participated at the huge Rio Oil and Gas fair. We were invited to share the stand with Innovation Norway so we could connect with new and old partners. Also, NBCC (Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce) invited us to their tradicional RIo Oil and Gas dinner where we had great opportunities to network within the oil and gas sector.The pavilion was officially opened by Norwegian Deputy Minister Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde. 

Igor Moreno, IZY, making the art for CCBB.
Igor Moreno, IZY, making the art for CCBB.
Raissa, at our office with the famous Sugarloaf
Raissa, at our office with the famous Sugarloaf
Our participants at Christ the Redeemer
Our participants at Christ the Redeemer
Our contacts from the NGO partners
Our contacts from the NGO partners
"Brilliant future" at the Norwegian Pavilion
"Brilliant future" at the Norwegian Pavilion
Students on their way to their First Aid course
Students on their way to their First Aid course
Dream Learn Work’s mission is to give youth from less developed areas opportunities for a better future through education and employment.
Introduction
The year is flying by! We have participated in a number of events and activities and have a lot to share. This report outlines Dream Learn Work`s activities on the second quarter of this year.
2018 Courses
Dream Learn Work recruits participants from social projects that work in less developed neighborhoods. These local projects contribute in the completion of basic education and the development of life skills. Dream Learn Work offers the next step: professional skills development and the support to enter the formal job market. Our amazing (and small) team have recruited 52 new students this year. These participants have received guidance and had their educational path prepared with the support of the NGO they are linked to. Today we have 111 participants enrolled in our program, some are at the end of their educational journey and starting to work and change their futures, others are starting with us.
DLW has developed a model for training that all participants need to follow. They need to demonstrate motivation and dedication to complete each level and proceed to the next.
Level 1 - Basic knowledge and introduction to a subject. Aim: Assess skills and motivation. 2018: 34 courses committed so far.  
Level 2 - Longer courses, following the introductory course. Aim: Prepares for an entry level position in a company and to follow on to a technical course. 2018: 16 courses committed so far.
Level 3 - Vocational training course. Aim: attain a recognised professional qualification. 2018: 4 committed so far.
Level 4 - University degree.
APRIL
Starting well
Five new recruits from social project Karanba have started a First Aid course at Red Cross in São Gonçalo with the dream of becoming health professionals in the future.  
Good Deeds Day
DLW has been invited to participate at the Good Deeds Day events in Rio de Janeiro for the second year running. Good Deeds Day started in Israel in 2007 and today is organized all over the world. It is an international day of volunteering, uniting people doing good deeds for others and the planet. In Rio de Janeiro there are two days of events, one is a fair with stands and shows, where volunteers can see the work of social projects. The other is an action day, when social projects organize their own events to engage volunteers and do good. As we work with professional qualification and vocational training, this year we decided to talk about the importance of professional networks and connections, promoting the exchange of experiences between volunteers and our participants. Making connections.
MAY
Event organized by SESI
DLW was invited to participate in an event promoting social projects, sponsored by O GLOBO - Brazil's main national media channel and SESI - the industry social service organization. SESI develops actions to promote health, education, sports, leisure and culture targeted to workers, businesses and society in general.   
Knowledge sharing event
At DLW we believe in the power of shared knowledge. As we work in partnership with six social projects, DLW has started to organize meetings between all of our NGO partners. This initiative was created so we can learn from each other and improve our processes. In May we had our third meeting, held at Instituto Rogerio Steinberg in Jardim Botânico. It was a great day.  
Corporate visit
DLW had the opportunity to take a group of participants for a visit at Wood´s base in Macaé, located at 180 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro. Wood provides a range of engineering, production support and maintenance management services to the energy and industrial sectors. These visits are crucial for participants to get a better understanding of life at work and see their vocations in a practical setting.  
JUNE
Graduation
Paula, one of our participants, graduated in a  professional chef course at our partner Gastromotiva. Gastromotiva is an organization that uses the power of education, food and gastronomy as social change agents, aiming to transform lives of people in conditions of vulnerability and social exclusion. She is already working in a catering service and very happy.  
Story of success
Rafael is one of our participants that has completed the full Dream Learn Work’s cycle. After finishing his vocational training in administration, he went to study International Relations and English while working in a bureau de change in Rio de Janeiro. Through his mentor, he was able to have an international work experience last year in an important financial institution abroad. As he did well, he was asked to return and stay for a year. He is now working and living in Luxembourg. Well done Rafael!!
Farewell
This is my last report as this project leader and DLW’s General Manager, as I have decided to leave. This decision has been motivated by my desire to develop projects related to urban mobility, continuing my fight for social inclusion in a different way. A special thanks to the DLW’s amazing team, without them nothing would have been possible. My appreciation and gratitude to all collaborators and to the people that believe in this incredible project. Best of luck to my successor, Jeanette Lorvik and thank you again for your support!
Good Deeds Day action at Parque do Flamengo
Good Deeds Day action at Parque do Flamengo
DLW team and participants at the SESI event
DLW team and participants at the SESI event
Knowledge sharing meeting
Knowledge sharing meeting
Visit to Wood (former Wood Group)
Visit to Wood (former Wood Group)
Paula with her diploma from Gastromotiva
Paula with her diploma from Gastromotiva
Rafael at work in Luxembourg
Rafael at work in Luxembourg
Some of DLW
Some of DLW's participants, volunteers and team
Recruitment meeting at Projeto Karanba
Recruitment meeting at Projeto Karanba

Dream Learn Work’s mission is to give youth from less developed areas opportunities for a better future through education and employment.

Introduction

After our break in January we started the year with our planning meetings, setting goals and objectives for 2018. This report outlines Dream Learn Work`s activities on the first quarter of this year.

Recruitment

As many of our current participants are at the end of their educational journey with us, finishing their vocational training, looking for jobs and continuing their development, we have been able to open opportunities for more young people. Soon we will have 60 more professional dreams to encourage and support. The selection process has started and is being carried out in cooperation with our partner NGOs. The majority of local NGOs give support until around 18 years old, DLW offers a unique development opportunity beyond this stage. Current NGO partners: Projeto Karanba, Abrigo Rainha Silvia, Instituto Bola pra Frente, Instituto Rogerio Steinberg, Luta Pela Paz and Projeto Grael.

 2018 Courses

The aim this year is to provide 100 course seats, so far we have had 30 participants on basic and qualification courses. They are in a wide range of study areas and are a mix of introduction and longer courses. The initial courses give basic knowledge and are an introduction to a subject; after that longer, qualification courses, prepare then for an entry level position in a company and to follow on to a vocational training course. Being able to secure a formal job is very important to our participants.

Company Visit

Our participants are young and have little or no experience in searching and applying for jobs. That is why DLW organizes workshops and training that are delivered by experienced HR personnel from partner companies and provide important tools to develop our students job search competencies, improving their chances in a very competitive labour market.

Micro Projects

DLW is preparing to launch micro projets on GlobalGiving. Since February, we have been working with a professional film making crew who has offered to volunteer. Together we are creating short personal stories, aiming to share the life and dreams of a chosen group of our participants who wish to do a vocational training course. Each story will become a micro project. More to come soon.  

Marielle Franco

(27 July 1979 – 14 March 2018)

As many of you know, City Councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed in downtown Rio de Janeiro last month, in what officials have concluded has been a targeted political assassination. We need to write about her as she was a human rights activist that was born and raised in Maré - a favela complex where many of participants come from. She was a promising, charismatic and beloved political figure that fought for the rights of the most marginalised in Rio, especially poor women of colour and members of the LGBT community, and was a vocal critic of police violence. Amnesty International has called on the Brazilian authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigation that not only identifies the shooters, but also those who ordered the killing. 

She is a story of success, having studied at a free preparatory school in the favela, being admitted into one of the most prestigious private universities in the country with a scholarship to study social sciences and earning a master’s degree in public administration from the Fluminense Federal University. She came from the slum, got a degree and a masters, was elected and worked hard to include the excluded. We will never forget her. "Marielle, presente. Hoje e sempre."

Workshop delivered by HR professionals at Wood
Workshop delivered by HR professionals at Wood
Filming
Filming
Marielle Franco
Marielle Franco
Wendell (19), DLW student
Wendell (19), DLW student

Dream Learn Work’s mission is to give youth from less developed areas opportunities for a better future through education and employment.

WELCOME

We hope that 2018 has started well to you all. Our 2017 journey has been full of dreams, learning and hard work, with plenty of success and many challenges. This report provides a quick overview of our program activities, covering the three pillars of our organization: Dream, Learn and Work.

OUR GOALS

Dream: Encourage young people to choose education, inspiring them to dream of a better future through learning and work.

Learn: Offer excellent training opportunities and continued individual follow up.

Work: Understanding the labour market, creating initiatives to increase our participants chances in finding formal employment.

DREAM, LEARN AND WORK

DREAM: Our participants are recruited from local social projects, active in less developed areas of Rio de Janeiro; we then create an educational path for each young person, based on their dreams, interests and abilities. Dream Learn Work makes an active effort to encourage participants to dream, to aim higher and create better futures for themselves through education and employment.  In 2017 our motivational workshop was delivered in partnership with a theatre company, helping our participants to express themselves better and have open discussions about their professional future.

‘’My dreams are: to become an electrical engineer, to have my own house and to be able to provide for my family. In order to become an electrical engineer I have to study, but it is hard to get into university when you have attended state schools your whole life, and have to compete with people who have had the opportunity to go to private schools. The quality of education are very different. So I have to work really hard to learn the same subjects, at the same level, as those who went to private schools,‘’ Wendell (19). Wendell will finish his vocational training as an electrician in a couple of months and has been accepted into a private university with 100% grant to study electrical engineering. As a qualified electrician he will be able to study and work.

LEARN: With the path established, we sponsor vocational training and courses in a wide range of areas at acknowledged educational institutions. Our students receive regular follow-up and mentoring during their educational journey. In 2017 we followed the educational path of participants engaged in 2015 and 2016, having less openings to new recruits.  DLW sponsored 95 course seats in 2017, achieving a 95% completion rate.

WORK: To close the cycle and to bring participants closer to the labour market, we organize, with the support and collaboration of corporate partners, activities related to work and employment, such as mentoring at partner companies, CV building and job search workshops. We closed the year with 40% of our participants in employment, over half of them in employment related to their area of qualification.

Challenges

As the economic and political crisis in Brazil deepened we had to adapt and change. We continued to evolve and think outside of the box, establishing partnerships and alternative ways to develop our participants further. One of the innovative ways to raise funds was our application to take part on Global Giving’s September accelerator campaign. We were very happy and grateful to have graduated, achieving partner status. Dream Learn Work ranked 35th out of 627 projects during the campaign; today we are number 286 out of 26,182 projects. Thank you once again for all your support!!

2018 planning

January is high summer in Brazil and the DLW team is enjoying a deserved break. We will come back in February with batteries recharged to plan a year full of activities and events. Soon we will send more updates on our projects and initiatives!

The DLW Team

Vanessa and Eduarda at their vocational training
Vanessa and Eduarda at their vocational training
Visit to Kongsberg
Visit to Kongsberg's office in Rio de Janeiro
2015 Graduation at Projeto Karanba
2015 Graduation at Projeto Karanba

This project report is a submission to GlobalGiving's 2017 Fail Forward Contest, where organizations are asked to share a story of when they tried something new that didn't go as planned and how they learned from it. Enjoy!               

Dream Learn Work has been focused in educating and qualifying young adults since its foundation over ten years ago. During the last decade we had many dreams, a lot of learning and hard work, with plenty of success and many challenges. It is very important to us that we keep developing and learning from our failures, always with focus on improving the support we give to our participants.

The dream of assisting young Brazilians in acquiring professional qualifications started with full classes in only one technical area. Meaning, 35 students doing a Petroleum and Gas vocational training course, for example. This was great, but we soon realised that we had a very high dropout rate - over 60% of our students didn’t finish the courses - and many that finished their training did not want to work in the technical areas they were qualified for.

We had to adapt and change. Instead of offering predetermined opportunities, we learned to listen to our participants and their aspirations, growing the range of study areas. This means that each participant follows their own educational path. Before we offered training in primarily skilled-trade technical subjects, now we offer courses in areas such as administration, communication and gastronomy, being able to provide the best suited training for each participant.

At the same time, Dream Learn Work developed a training model that all participants need to follow. This means that participants now start at level 1, which are introductory courses, giving basic knowledge and assessing skills and motivation; followed by level 2 courses that are longer in duration, and aim to prepare for an entry level position at a company; after completion of level 1 and 2, students proceed to a level 3 vocational training course that last between 12 and 24 months, being able to apply for trainee positions. Participants need to demonstrate motivation and dedication to complete each level and go to the next. Low drop-out rates and better allocation of funds are concrete results of the model, as the participants are more engaged and finish each phase of their training.

Since we changed the way we operate, our completion rate has consistently improved, reaching 88% in 2014, just over 90% in 2015 and 94% in 2016 - we have high hopes for 2017! This is the result of our team determination in making it work for the young people we assist, improving completion rates and, consequently, their perspectives in finding formal employment and developing further.



2015 Graduation at Instituto Bola Pra Frente
2015 Graduation at Instituto Bola Pra Frente
2016 Graduation at Abrigo Rainha Silva
2016 Graduation at Abrigo Rainha Silva
2016 Graduation in Deodoro
2016 Graduation in Deodoro

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Associacao Dream Learn Work

Location: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​www.dreamlearnwork.com
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Project Leader:
Ana Carboni-Brito
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil
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