In Year 1, ConnectEd partnered with Instituto Aliança com o Adolescente to reach youth in Ceará State and metropolitan Rio de Janeiro. Through Years 2 and 3, this partnership continues with efforts focusing on the urban youth of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Youth increasingly make up the largest segment of the population in Brazil, and formal employment markets are not yet expanding to absorb such increases. ConnectEd works with young people from low-income families, who are between the ages of 18-24, and are enrolled in or graduated from formal secondary schools. Under ConnectEd, Instituto Aliança provides youth with access to a range of vocational training courses, work immersion experiences and work placement opportunities. Through these activities, students develop key life skills, learn about career planning, and participate in civic action projects to make a difference in their communities. Throughout the program, there is a strong emphasis on information communication technology to ensure that youth have relevant skills to enter the workforce.
In total, at least 1,600 disadvantaged youth in Brazil will participate in ConnectEd over three years.
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In Brazil, Alcatel-Lucent employees influence the lives of youth in ConnectEd through career development workshops, life skills training and a food distribution drive. Alcatel-Lucent also gives ConnectEd youth the chance to visit the Alcatel-Lucent office to shadow employees and to participate in workplace immersion.
Instituto Aliança com o Adolescente is a Brazilian NGO dedicated to promoting links between youth, vocational education and sustainable development in Brazil. Instituto Aliança develops youth-centered programs that promote the personal, social and professional development of youth, primarily in Bahia, Pernambuco and Ceará, as well as in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.
One of Aliança's goals is to increase youth access to training and employability skills and to develop opportunities for disadvantaged youth to become small entrepreneurs as well as active leaders in their communities.
Learn more about Instituto Aliança com o Adolescente at http://www.institutoalianca.org.br/