Youth

100 Young Haitians Graduate with Vocational Training

It was a celebration of opening doors.

On Friday, 92 young Haitians walked across the stage to receive their diplomas in technical fields such as solar panel installation, cosmetology, cooking, tile installation, smart phone repair, textiles, and motorcycle mechanics. These young adults, nearly half of which were women, are now prepared to make a confident step into the work force.

The graduation ceremony was the final event for the yearlong SETEN program, sponsored by the Haitian Red Cross and the American Red Cross.

Unemployment continues to be a challenge for Haiti, threatening livelihoods among Haiti's vulnerable populations. 

"Projects like SETEN help strengthen the country's economy," said Nadia Cherrouk, PADF's Haiti Country Director. "By equipping these young people with good tools to cope with the job market, we are helping them to participate positively in the country's economy."

Haitian publication Le Nacional reports that the President of the Haitian Red Cross, Dr Guiteau Jean Pierre, also attended the event and offered some words of encouragement for the young graduates.

"These young people must be role models in their community. They must keep hope for a better tomorrow for themselves and their families. They must also show dynamism and solidarity," said Dr Guiteau.

As part of participating in the SETEN program, the young adults had the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops on community development and market needs. The project aims to facilitate trainings like this in order to inspire better overall wellbeing and civic engagement as each person becomes an agent of change in their respective communities.

Between Haiti's young adult training and empowerment programs, PADF has facilitated the successful training of nearly 600 young adults. PADF applauds the drive and determination of these young adults to refine their craft in a technical field.

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Young Goiás Women to Become Entrepreneurs in New Empowerment Project

The project is known as "Meninas Super Empreendedoras" in Brazil.

The project is known as "Meninas Super Empreendedoras" in Brazil.

Leia em português.

Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil (August 21, 2017) - The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), in cooperation with the Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE) of Goiás state, the State Secretary of Health’s Executive Group on Drugs (GEED), and the Pró-Cerrado Foundation, is holding a public event to launch a new project, Women Power! (WOMP!), which will empower young women in the region of Goiânia and Aparecida de Goiânia to improve their economic situations and well-being through entrepreneurship.

The event will be held at 2pm on August 24 at the Mauro Borges Auditorium in the Pedro Ludovico Palace in Goiânia’s Civic Plaza, attended by project participants, local leaders, and authorities. Directly following the kickoff event, 150 young women will attend the project’s first seminar on innovation and motivation.

“In Brazil, women do not have the same opportunities as men and frequently earn less than their male counterparts,” said Paulo Cavalcanti, PADF’s Country Representative in Brazil. “Many want brighter futures but they are particularly disadvantaged.”

Gender inequality in Brazil is a vast problem, evidenced by violence against women and disproportionate income between genders. The outlook is particularly grim for women of color, who are most likely to be poor and distanced from the levers of power. In Goiás, women’s income is only 70% of men’s. It is especially challenging for women to find business opportunities in non-traditional fields for women such as digital technology.

“We’re excited to have designed a program that allows young women to thrive by creating small businesses,” said Cavalcanti. “The best response to gender inequality is to empower young women.”

Young women in the WOMP! program will participate in seminars on confidence and self-esteem, complete an 80-hour entrepreneurship training program, and establish mentoring relationships with successful businesswomen to implement individual business plans. Upon completing the program, they will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and support to start small businesses.

“This is a great opportunity for young women to become entrepreneurial women capable of deciding their own future,” said Cavalcanti, “generating economic wealth for their families, and improving their quality of life.”

PADF is proud to partner with local organizations to implement the project. SEBRAE is an autonomous Brazilian institution that fosters the development of entrepreneurship and small enterprises. GEED is a specialized agency under the State Secretary of Health that coordinates public policy on drugs in Goiás. The Pró-Cerrado Foundation is a youth-focused organization that works with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to prevent school violence and dropouts, generate income and employment, and foster human development.

PADF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the Organization of American States that works to assist vulnerable and excluded people and communities in the Americas to achieve sustainable economic and social progress. PADF has worked in Brazil for more than a decade to promote environmental protection, increase health care access for vulnerable populations, and support local organizations.

Media contact:
Paulo Cavalcanti
PADF Country Representative, Brazil
55+61 3329.6006
PCavalcanti@padf.org

Chris Wooley
Program Manager
+1 (202) 458-3350
cwooley@padf.org

PADF on Twitter: @PADForg
PADF on Facebook: facebook.com/PADForg

As Meninas Super Empreendedoras

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Goiânia, Goiás, Brasil (21 de agosto de 2017) - A Fundação Pan-Americana para o Desenvolvimento (PADF), em cooperação com o Serviço de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas (SEBRAE) do Estado de Goiás, o Grupo Executivo de Enfrentamento as Drogas (GEED) e a Fundação Pró-Cerrado, realiza um evento público para lançar um novo projeto, Meninas Super Empreendedoras, que capacitará mulheres jovens na região de Goiânia e Aparecida de Goiânia a melhorar sua situação econômica e seu bem-estar através do empreendedorismo.

O evento será realizado às 14 horas do dia 24 de agosto no Auditório Mauro Borges, no Palácio Pedro Ludovico, na Praça Cívica – centro de Goiânia e será assistido pelas participantes do projeto, líderes locais e autoridades. Como parte do evento inicial, 150 jovens mulheres participarão do primeiro seminário sobre inovação e motivação do projeto.

"No Brasil, as mulheres não têm as mesmas oportunidades que os homens e, com frequência, ganham menos do que homens em posições idênticas", afirmou Paulo Cavalcanti, representante da PADF no Brasil. "Muitas querem um futuro mais brilhante, mas são particularmente desfavorecidas".

A desigualdade de gênero no Brasil é um grande problema, evidenciado pela violência contra as mulheres e a renda desproporcional entre os gêneros. A perspectiva é particularmente sombria para as afrodescendentes, que são mais propensas a ser pobres e distanciadas dos altos níveis do poder. Em Goiás, a renda mensal das mulheres é de apenas 70% do que ganham os homens.

“É especialmente desafiante para as mulheres encontrarem oportunidades de negócios em campos não tradicionais para elas, como a tecnologia digital. Por isso estamos ansiosos por haver projetado um programa que permitirá que as mulheres jovens prosperem criando pequenas empresas", disse Cavalcanti. "A melhor resposta à desigualdade de gênero é capacitar mulheres jovens para que se tornem empresárias de futuro".

As mulheres jovens do programa Meninas Super Empreendedoras participarão de seminários sobre confiança e auto-estima, cumprirão um programa de treinamento empresarial de 80 horas e estabelecerão relacionamentos de mentorías com empresárias bem-sucedidas para implementar planos de negócios individuais. Ao concluir o programa, elas estarão preparadas com os conhecimentos, habilidades e o suporte necessário para iniciar pequenas empresas, além de terem uma nova visão para suas vidas.

"Esta é uma ótima oportunidade para essas jovens se tornarem empreendedoras capazes de decidir o seu próprio futuro", disse Cavalcanti, "gerando riqueza econômica para suas famílias e melhorando sua qualidade de vida".

A PADF tem orgulho de se associar com organizações locais para implementar esse projeto. O SEBRAE é uma instituição autônoma brasileira que promove o desenvolvimento do empreendedorismo e das pequenas empresas. O GEED é uma agência especializada da Secretaria de Estado da Saúde que coordena a política pública de enfrentamento as drogas em Goiás. A Fundação Pró-Cerrado é uma organização orientada para a juventude sem fins lucrativos e que trabalha com os setores publico e privado para prevenir a violência e o abandono escolar, gerar renda e emprego, além de promover o desenvolvimento humano.

A PADF é uma organização sem fins lucrativos 501(c)(3) afiliada à Organização dos Estados Americanos que trabalha para ajudar pessoas e comunidades vulneráveis excluídas nas Américas a alcançar um progresso econômico e social sustentável. A PADF trabalha no Brasil há mais de uma década para promover a proteção ao meio ambiente, responder a crises humanitárias e aos desastres naturais, aumentar o acesso aos cuidados de saúde para populações vulneráveis apoiar organizações locais.

Contato com a imprensa:
Paulo Cavalcanti
Representante do país PADF, Brasil
55+61-3329.6006
Pcavalcanti@padf.org

PADF no Facebook: @PADFbrasil, @PADForg
PADF no Twitter: /padfnobrasil,  /padforg

Port-au-Prince Entrepreneurs Receive Financing and Training

Residents of Canaan, a settlement that appeared on Port-au-Prince’s outskirts after 209,000 Haitians were displaced in the 2010 earthquake, are getting access to financing and job training.

It’s part of a $1.7 million project sponsored by the American Red Cross and USAID Haiti. PADF and Global Communities are implementing the yearlong project, called “Ann Bouste Canaan.” The goal is to promote equitable & resilient urban development by creating jobs and preparing people for the workforce.

One objective of the program is to train 150 young people in vocational schools. On June 13, youth completed their training. They received certificates in sewing, after studying for several months at a vocational school run by the nonprofit INDEPCO.

207 young Haitians received technical job training in a variety of fields.

207 young Haitians received technical job training in a variety of fields.

“Today I’m a new person,” said John Dolly Louis Charles, who was proud to receive his certificate. “I thank all the institutions that contributed to this project.”

John was part of the textiles training, but 200 others his age are training in computer science, floral art, and plumbing. Upon completing the two-month training, each trainee will be integrated into the program’s employer network.

The project, which started last July, has already made huge progress in training workers and equipping small businesses in Canaan.

Winning entrepreneurs celebrate their awards

Winning entrepreneurs celebrate their awards

In January, over 350 entrepreneurs applied to have their ideas brought to life in a business plan competition. After a 10-stage selection process, 29 businesses were awarded funding.

As a result of the funding, the winning businesses are expected to generate 400 new jobs.

An additional 30 small businesses will receive technical training on microfinance and accounting, including access to online credit.

Finally, 150 small business owners will get connected to microfinance institutions for financial services like micro loans and insurance.

The project is launching Haiti’s working class on an upward trajectory. Young people are training and becoming workplace-ready, and established businesses are receiving the financing and technical assistance necessary for long-term growth.

For young people like John, it’s a chance to have a livelihood. “I have a craft and I look forward to taking care of myself,” he says.

OAS, PADF and Colombia Expand Partnership to Build Youth Centers

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22 community centers established since 2011

$1.7 million agreement to build six new centers and support existing ones

Washington, D.C (November 5, 2015) – With an investment of USD $1.7 million from the Government of Colombia, the Organization of American States through the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) signed an agreement to develop six new community centers for at-risk youth and provide ongoing support for an existing network of centers in isolated rural areas and underserved urban neighborhoods.

Through the OAS, PADF has worked with Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2011 to address the growing number of youth who are being targeted by criminal networks. By constructing community centers or “Casas Ludicas,” the goal is to combat and mitigate young people from being recruited by armed groups and gangs. These centers provide outreach including psychosocial, remedial education, organized youth and sports activities, as well as access to computers, books, and family counseling.  

Together, PADF Colombia and the Colombian government have built 22 youth centers throughout the country, four sport and recreational facilities, two community cafeterias, one bicycle racetrack, and a rugby field, serving more than 75,000 families. In partnership with the OAS, PADF has received nearly $17 million from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to carry out this initiative. 

“We are pleased to provide a space where Colombian children can safely pursue education, sports and other healthy activities,” says Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States. “These youth centers demonstrate the Colombian government’s commitment to empowering young people and fostering a new generation of community leaders.”

This latest grant will provide funding for six youth centers, most of them located in border areas near Venezuela and Ecuador, in the communities of Paraguachón-Maicao, Guajira Department; Cartagena, Bolívar Department; Tibú, Santander Department; Ocaña, Santander Department; Tumaco, Nariño Department; and Cumaribo, Vichada Department. Youth centers are located in strategic areas throughout the country with high incidences of criminal activity. They demonstrate Colombian government presence and a commitment to serving the needs of the country’s diverse population, especially at-risk youth. 

“These centers serve as focal points for community groups to address underlying social issues impacting youth and driving many of them into a life of crime,” says PADF Colombia Country Director Soraya Osorio. “PADF is pleased to continue its work to support vulnerable youth in Colombia and to aid in the development of underserved areas in the country.”

PADF implements the grant by constructing the youth centers and facilitating community engagement. For each center, PADF Colombia works with local communities and municipal officials to develop a management and sustainability plan.  

ABOUT PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, brings together many stakeholders to improve livelihoods, empower communities, strengthen civil society, support human rights, protect the environment and respond to natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region. In 2014, PADF reached more than 15 million people by investing over $92 million in development resources in 27 Latin American and Caribbean countries. www.padf.org

About the OAS

Established in 1948, the Organization of American States brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU). The OAS uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development. www.oas.org

 

Mónica Reyes
Press office
Organization of American States
+1.202.370.4929
MReyes@oas.org

Press contacts:

Hearly Mayr
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Pan American Development Foundation
+1.202.280.3846
hmayr@padf.org
@hearlymayr


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Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PADF, the Suriname Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program, also known as Kari Yu!, brings together public and private partners to support the social inclusion and economic empowerment of youth. Working with the Ministry of Education, PADF developed a 60-hour training course, certified by the Ministry of Education, for youth who have dropped out of school. 

PADF and USAID Celebrate more than 1,100 youth trained in Suriname

Paramaribo, Suriname (August 28, 2015)–The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the graduation of 147 youth from a five-week basic life skills and pre-employment training course in Suriname. To date, 417 have graduated from the five-week course implemented by youth leaders in their own communities. More than 200 youth have secured full-time employment. Since 2013, 1,172 youth have participated in a variety of Kari Yu! sponsored trainings.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PADF, the Suriname Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program, also known as Kari Yu!, brings together public and private partners to support the social inclusion and economic empowerment of youth. Working with the Ministry of Education, PADF developed a 60-hour training course, certified by the Ministry of Education, for youth who have dropped out of school. 

“Kari Yu! guided me in developing my job skills such as communicating, working in a team, collaborating, and how to deal with your supervisor and colleagues,” said 20-year-old Jorginho George, who graduated from the program. He joined the Kari Yu! training because he wanted to develop his skills and wanted a better life for his girlfriend and their seven-month-old daughter. Today, he is working as a security guard at P.P.S Security in Paramaribo.

Youth to Youth (Y2Y) is a component of the Kari Yu! program that gives young people the skills and tools needed to access opportunities in the labor market. Y2Y has identified and trained youth leaders as facilitators and career counselors so that they can implement the basic life skills and pre-employment course to vulnerable youth in their own communities. Under this component, career counselors mentor and coach participants for at least six months after the program to enhance their ability to acquire and retain employment.

The Kari Yu! program also carries out activities to reform and strengthen the juvenile justice system and assist youth offenders to reintegrate into society when they are released. PADF has supported the government in developing and implementing the National Resocialization Plan. Under the plan, Kari Yu! has introduced 30 juvenile justice reforms to the penal code and trained 112 juvenile justice operators to build awareness of new and existing juvenile justice laws related to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the rights of youth. Kari Yu! is also strengthening the capacity of other ministries and civil Society partners that have been brought together as a referral network to support the economic and social reintegration of youth in conflict with the law.

“It’s inspiring to see these young people acquire new skills. Now, they are empowered to support themselves and serve as role models in the community,” said Mr. Christopher Cushing, USAID Mission Director for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

Cosponsored by the Ministry of Labor & the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKF), the graduation will recognize youth from seven communities in the districts of Paramaribo, Wanica, and Para. The communities include Para Zuid, Sunny Point, Winti Wai, Latour, Ephraimzegen, Flora and Centrum. A separate ceremony and job fair will be held for graduates from New Nickerie.

“We thank our partners including the Suriname government, local non-profit organizations, and the private sector; all have been a great support to the program,” said PADF Executive Director John Sanbrailo.