It is PriceSmart Foundation’s mission to bring better economic opportunities to young people which is why we are excited to partner with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), COMFENALCO, and Google.org to bring free Information Technology and life skills training to 500 young people in Medellín, Colombia, of whom at least half will be women. Program participants will study one of four tracks: User Experience Design (UX), Data Analysis, Project Management, and IT Support while also receiving career counseling, life skills training, and support in their job hunt at the end of the program.
There is significant demand for skilled IT professionals in Colombia, so the goal of the program is to help young people get on a solid career path in that field. It is expected that 70% of the participants will earn a market-recognized Google Training Certificate that validates their skills and improves their chance of gainful employment in an IT related job. Our partners, IYF and COMFENALCO, bring extensive local expertise to this program from their many years of working with young people in Colombia.
We are excited that the program has already begun recruiting the first group of participants, and we will share more information soon!