Empowering youth, promoting prosperity through technical education

Along Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast, a region characterized by poverty and insecurity, jobs are hard to come by. Seeking new opportunities, many youth migrate to neighboring countries to find work. Empowering young people with economic opportunities can stem migration, prevent youth involvement in crime and violence and build safer, more prosperous communities. The Aprendo y Emprendo project provides a promising pathway for vulnerable youth through demand-driven technical education.  Meet the aspiring electricians, mechanics, computer technicians and the greater network of partners working to transform their futures and their region.

Aprendo y Emprendo supports at-risk youth with quality services that empower them with high-quality, demand-driven technical training for a successful career and hopeful future.

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Crouched behind an engine on the back of a small motor boat, 19-year-old Soliange Pollack has a steady hand as waves rock her. A woman in a male-dominated field, she is determined to succeed and be an inspiration to others.

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Cheysi Smith, 27, is a pioneer. With a cohort of six other deaf and hard of hearing students, she is demanding access to higher education. See how the Aprendo y Emprendo project is helping to open those doors.

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A group of young Nicaraguans huddle around a microphone. They’re taking to the radio airwaves on the Caribbean Coast to spread the word about the ways their peers can make better lives for themselves through education and employment.

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The first of its kind in the country, the Nicaraguan Network for Technical Education is building a bridge between companies, educational institutions and the government for one common goal: boosting technical education.

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