As of August 2019, nearly 500,000 Venezuelans crossed the border into Brazil, since 2017, to escape their country’s harsh living conditions. They look to Brazil as a new opportunity to improve their quality of life and access to jobs to support their loved ones back in Venezuela, where they send remittances through their newfound income.
The majority of these migrants are between the ages of 20 and 30, and many are students. When in Brazil, they have to navigate a new culture and language and the added uncertainty of whether their educational degrees will be valid, as there is a cumbersome process for accreditation. Furthermore, Venezuelans often face challenges of attaining legal documentation for work, making integration for Brazilian youth difficult.
The Instituto Terroá addresses these issues through a training program that focuses on developing socio-emotional, entrepreneurial, citizenship and sustainability skills for both Brazilian and Venezuelan youth to prepare them to exercise their citizenship better and have greater employability.
The Instituto Terroá sparks deeper connections for Venezuelan migrant youth living in Brazil’s cities and communities. Instituto Terroá combines its mission with skills development and entrepreneurship training, volunteerism, civic engagement and teamwork to promote youth entrepreneurship through an innovative in-person and remote training program that helps teams design and implement civic engagement-focused social enterprises.
An innovative high-technology approach connects students to each other and helps them build CVs, and acts as a professional talent network and database for recruiters.
Leveraging financial support from the Challenge, Venezuelans can scale up their solution from an already successfully catalyzed group of 200 young people to add another 90 people in Manaus, Brasilia and São Paulo. Participants will be prepared for leadership to unite their two countries in cultural understanding and economic development.
Focus Areas and Impact
|Education, Vocational Training & Youth|