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.