Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia

by Fundacion ROFE Toca una Vida
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Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Empowering 200 youngsters for work in Colombia
Feb 2, 2021

Youth Empowered!

Closing ceremony 2020 G1
Closing ceremony 2020 G1

¡Youth Empowered!

Three years ago when we started constructing our training programs aimed at empowering youngsters for work, we thought about two main goals: eradicating poverty and closing inequality gaps.

Today when we look back we cannot feel but satisfied with the results of our short-term/high-impact programs and the community we have created. All of this thanks to your trust and support, because as we often say: together we achieve more!

Already 150 young boys and girls have benefited from our programs. Last year alone, we met our ambitious target of having 100 beneficiaries of the Jóvenes creaTIvos program, and this year we are aiming for more.

Below you will find some facts about our project:

  • We received close to 600 applications for 100 spots on the 2020 program.
  • Our investment per beneficiary dropped from COP $1’600,000 in 2019 to COP $1’200,000 in 2020 due to economies of scale and proper use of technology.
  • The participation of girls in the program increased by 40% from 2019 to 2020.
  • The total number of training hours increased 50% on average, through the asynchronic learning system. In 2019 the average training time was 4 hours per week, and with the implementation of our e-learning platform this number increased to 6 hours per week.
  • The desertion rate in Medellín was maintained at 20%, same as 2019.
  • 96% of the beneficiaries come from families whose income is less than 2 monthly minimum wages (~ USD $500)
  • 72% of the participants are in their last year of school
  • By now, almost 20 of the participants (all under the age of 18) are employed in technology areas of partner companies, being productive as software developers. We expect this number to raise to 30 in the next month.
  • Those beneficiaries that have been employed have increased their family income by 70% on average. Some of them have become the main provider during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 was a year full of challenges, but also a year full of opportunities. The fact we had to make a drastic turn to a fully virtual program gave us the window to have a more aggressive expansion rate in future years. In 2021, we hope to find suitable allies to train 200 youngsters in 5 cities in Colombia.

We now prepare for 2021 while we also take action to continue nurturing the community we have created with former participants of the program. This year, for the first time, we will advance in parallel between the 2021 cohort and the complementary courses and activities to continue to support our community of past Jóvenes creaTIvos. We will continue to provide training in soft skills, as well as in tools to enhance the possibilities of working in technology companies.

That is our bet in favor of the young boys and girls that are born into poverty but that thanks to supporters like you, will have the chance to break these cycles and foresee a prosperous future.

SPANISH VERSION

¡Juventud empoderada!

Hace tres años, cuando comenzamos a construir nuestros programas de formación orientados a empoderar a los jóvenes para el trabajo, pensamos en dos objetivos principales: erradicar la pobreza y cerrar las brechas de desigualdad.

Hoy, cuando miramos hacia atrás, no podemos sentirnos más que satisfechos con los resultados de nuestros programas de corto-plazo/alto-impacto y la comunidad que hemos creado. Todo ello gracias a su confianza y apoyo, porque como solemos decir: ¡juntos hacemos más!

Ya se han beneficiado de nuestros programas 150 niños y niñas. Solo el año pasado, logramos nuestro ambicioso objetivo de tener 100 beneficiarios del programa Jóvenes creaTIvos, y este año apuntamos a más.

A continuación, compartimos algunos datos de nuestro proyecto:

  • Recibimos cerca de 600 solicitudes para 100 lugares en el programa 2020.
  • Nuestra inversión por beneficiario se redujo de COP $ 1'600.000 en 2019 a COP $ 1'200.000 en 2020 debido a economías de escala y uso adecuado de la tecnología.
  • La participación de niñas en el programa aumentó un 40% de 2019 a 2020.
  • El total de horas de formación aumentó un 50% en promedio, a través del sistema de aprendizaje asincrónico. En 2019 el tiempo promedio de capacitación fue de 4 horas semanales, y con la implementación de nuestra plataforma de e-learning esta cifra aumentó a 6 horas semanales.
  • La tasa de deserción en Medellín se mantuvo en 20%, igual que en 2019.
  • El 96% de los beneficiarios provienen de familias cuyos ingresos son inferiores a 2 salarios mínimos mensuales (~ USD $ 500)
  • 72% de los participantes están en su último año de escuela
  • A la fecha, casi 20 de los participantes (todos menores de 18 años) están empleados en áreas de tecnología de empresas aliadas, siendo productivos como desarrolladores de software. Esperamos que este número aumente a 30 en el próximo mes.
  • Los beneficiarios que han trabajado han incrementado sus ingresos familiares en promedio un 70%. Algunos de ellos se han convertido en el principal proveedor durante la pandemia COVID-19.

2020 fue un año lleno de retos, pero también un año lleno de oportunidades. El hecho de que tuviéramos que dar un giro drástico hacia un programa totalmente virtual nos abrió la ventana para tener una tasa de expansión más agresiva en los próximos años. En 2021, esperamos encontrar los aliados adecuados para capacitar a 200 jóvenes en 5 ciudades de Colombia.

Ahora nos preparamos para 2021 mientras también tomamos medidas para continuar nutriendo la comunidad que hemos creado con egresados del programa. Este año, por primera vez, avanzaremos en paralelo entre la cohorte 2021 y los cursos y actividades complementarias para seguir apoyando a nuestra comunidad de Jóvenes creaTIvos de años anteriores. Continuaremos brindando capacitación en habilidades blandas, así como en herramientas para potenciar sus posibilidades de encontrar trabajo en empresas en tecnología.

Esa es nuestra apuesta a favor de los niños y niñas que nacen en la pobreza pero que, gracias a personas como tú, tendrán la oportunidad de romper estos ciclos y prever un futuro próspero.

Closing ceremony Group 2
Closing ceremony Group 2
Closing ceremony G3 and G4
Closing ceremony G3 and G4

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