The Trust for the Americas, Microsoft & Innovacien, will hold the second POETA YouthSpark Regional Meeting in Chile.

2nd POETA YouthSpark Regional Meeting.

Under the POETA YouthSpark Project, local partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will meet to share experiences, challenges and best practices in their efforts to prepare young people for their labor inclusion in the twentieth century economy.

Santiago, Chile (07/10/2019) - As part of the POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas) YouthSpark Project, The Trust for the Americas — an organization affiliated with the Organization of American States — Microsoft, and Innovacien will host the second POETA YouthSpark Regional Meeting to discuss the challenges and good practices carried out by Local Partners in each country in the educational training of young people — particularly women — as well as in the creation of work spaces for these young people.

We focused on the four main strategies that The Trust for the Americas leads in the execution of the Project: Economic Opportunities (labor, education, volunteering and entrepreneurship), the strategy of Integral Training, Sustainability, and Communication and Visibility.

Likewise, we will open spaces to discuss the challenges that the public and private sectors face in their work of bringing young people closer to technology through computer science. From 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening, work sessions will be held that will be attended by international experts who, through their inspiring talks, will address these issues. 

The event, held in Santiago, Chile, will be attended by the Pontifical Bolivarian University, Montería - UPB section, which, through its Marie Poussepin Social Center, has been an ally of The Trust since 2007 and since 2018 has served as an Implementing Partner of the POETA YouthSpark Project. Likewise, Brazil will have the presence of the Organization Social Works Jerônimo Candinho (OSJC) — located in Brasilia, Federal District — that provides educational, professional and assistance services to vulnerable communities, allowing for the learning and training of people at all stages of life.

Representing Mexico, the Proacceso Foundation — a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the economic and social development of people in vulnerable communities, promoting skills and competencies through the positive impact of technology — will be present. From Argentina, we will have the assistance and participation of CILSA —an NGO for Inclusion — an organization established over 52 years ago in Argentina that promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities and in situations of social vulnerability.

It should be noted that CILSA currently has 7 community technology centers, in the cities of Santa Fe, Rosario, Córdoba, Mar del Plata, La Plata, Buenos Aires and Mendoza, whose objectives are to promote access and training in use of Information and Communication Technologies, and the preparation for the socio-economic inclusion of populations in situations of social vulnerability.

Lace Education Foundation, a company accredited to the Ministry of Education of Chile, through the Registry of Educational Technical Assistance (ATE), specializes in the Design of Educational Improvement Plans, in Advising Teachers in their Professional Evaluations, as well as in the development of high quality materials tested by colleges of excellence such as Colegio Santo Domingo, Preuniversitario Cumbres, Colegio Mayor, Colegio Santa Victoria, among others.

Finally, we will be accompanied by Innovacien, a non-profit organization that fosters creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the school system, seeking to develop new learning models that allow young people to become protagonists within the global society of knowledge. Innovacien, in addition to being one of the day’s hosts, will open its doors to the POETA YouthSpark’s local partners who visit Chile to visit its Training Center located in Santiago.

POETA YouthSpark seeks to empower, through technology, young people in vulnerable situations in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to facilitate opportunities for education, entrepreneurship and employment through comprehensive training in digital literacy and computer science. Furthermore, POETA YouthSpark promotes the access and use of technology among young people aged 16-29 to equip them with skills that 21st century labor markets demand.

The event will be attended by Jorge Cella, Philanthropy Director of Microsoft Latin America; Constanza García, Microsoft Chile Philanthropy Coordinator; María Liliana Mor, Program Director of The Trust for the Americas; Pierina Nepote, Project Manager; and Manuel Matiz, Communications Coordinator of The Trust for the Americas.


WHAT:        2nd POETA YouthSpark Regional Meeting

WHEN:        Wednesday, October 16, 2019

WHO:          Microsoft

                    The Trust for the Americas



About The Trust for the Americas:

The Trust for the Americas is a non-profit entity affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). Established in 1997 to promote public-private partnerships, The Trust has implemented projects in 24 countries and has worked with more than 1,000 organizations in the region. Our initiatives seek to promote educational and economic opportunities, as well as the responsibility and transparency of government. Our unique alliance with the OAS allows us to have access to decision makers within the region. This fundamental partnership is the basis through which we create strong networks in all member states and the private sector. Through the development of our region, The Trust continues to contribute to overcoming challenges through strategic alliances that promote cooperation for sustainable results.

The Trust for the Americas is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  


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Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @Microsoft) drives digital transformation in the era of the smart cloud and the smart edge. Its mission is to allow all people and companies on the planet to achieve more.

About Innovation

ONG Innovacien is a non-profit organization that fosters creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the school system, seeking to develop from practice the new learning models that will allow students to become protagonists of the global knowledge society. To promote the reflexive and creative use of new information and communication technologies (ICT), Innovacien conducts training and support for teachers and students in the generation and development of innovative projects that cover the content of the national curriculum. Through different programs and initiatives Innovacien works to reduce the digital divide and segregation to democratize opportunities within the framework of the information society.


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