Genesis is 24 years old and on Monday, December 14th will become one of of 130 young people in Cali and Barranquilla to graduate as Technicians from DIAGEO’s Learning for Life program. She originally migrated to Cali from Venezuela looking for better opportunities. It was not an easy road for her family: After going through many difficulties (made worse by the pandemic) and being discriminated against in job searches, she arrived at the ‘Learning for Life’ program. “My life has another direction and has been more focused on achieving everything and getting ahead… Since I am part of the program everything is back on track”, Genesis says of her involvement with Learning for Life.
Loren is a 24-year-old migrant who arrived in Colombia three years ago from Venezuela, where she was studying Social Communication and working in a chocolate shop. Along with her husband, she worked for a year to raise enough money for her family to make the trip out of Venezuela. Along with their six-year-old child, they left their home country with only what they could carry in their suitcases.
On May 20th, 120 students from the co-created Employment for Reconciliation project graduated from the Marketing and Sales and Administrative Assistance program, having fulfilled the training requirements and completed internships at more than 61 partner companies.
Malory Ríos is one of the 750 participants taking part in DIAGEO’s Learning for Life Program Phase 3, implemented by Tanager in Colombia. Tanager works with corporations and foundations around the world to co-create projects to improve social and economic outcomes. In 2015, DIAGEO Colombia and Tanager joined forces to develop job skills training and employment projects for at-risk young people in the cities of Barranquilla, Bogotá, Cali, and Medellín.
Originally from Venezuela, Michelle migrated to Colombia in 2018 in search of better opportunities after being unable to continue with her studies in her home country. However, life in Bogotá came with challenges of its own. After more than 70 unsuccessful interviews, the only jobs she could find were of an informal nature.
To honor International Youth Day, Tanager experts William Godfrey and Giovanni Cuero examine the project’s approach in Colombia to help deserving students succeed.
Tatiana Arenas Londoño is one of the 120 participants in DIAGEO’s Learning for Life Program, implemented by Tanager in Colombia. The program’s goal is to provide income-generating opportunities for young people in vulnerable situations through an eight-month certified workforce development training program, psychosocial support, and job placement in the formal sector through six-month internships.
How does Tanager work for women throughout the world? We co-create solutions to so women have economic and social opportunities that change their lives for the better. In Colombia, Eliana Leaña Valverde lost her husband to armed conflict and was left raising her children alone. In her own words, her “trust in society was broken after living through cycles of violence.”