Ensuring that education remains accessible to children, youth and vulnerable adults in Latin America and the Caribbean is important to PADF. Working with private sector corporations, diaspora groups and other partners, PADF helps provide educational support to vulnerable individuals from at-risk populations using different approaches.
PADF promotes literacy training, writing, math, science among school-aged children to ensure student proficiency remains strong in these areas. Working with trusted local partners, our programs provide targeted tutoring in reading and writing so that students reach grade-level proficiency. They also learn about different learning styles, teamwork, self-esteem and self-directed study.
When necessary, participating institutions receive school furniture and equipment necessary to establish or replenish existing science laboratories in order to improve how students learn about science, technology and the environment. With added hands on experience, students can use the laboratory equipment to conduct science experiments and conduct basic research.
Programs also help at-risk teens who have dropped out of school by giving them access to courses that focus on a range of areas, including technology, communications and social media. In addition, support is provided to expectant women and new mothers, including skills retraining and job search assistance, so they may be prepared to enter the workforce.
Youth development programs help encourage children and youth from at-risk communities to stay in school in order to help prevent young people from engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as drug use and violence, and from entering the workforce early and later becoming victims of human trafficking.