To truly break the chronic cycle of poverty in the Guatemala City garbage dump, we must look beyond classroom education to life skills that help our students lead their own learning well after they leave Safe Passage.
One way we do this is through partnerships with companies such as Telus, Cemaco, and PepsiCo who provide internships and employment opportunities for our students. Our Próximo Paso (Next Step) program for current and former graduates is an important part of our efforts, and aims to prepare students for high school graduation and life after Safe Passage with:
- real-world experience and post-graduation employment
- university research and application for students seeking higher education
- interview preparation, alumni workshops, peer-to-peer networking
It is through Próximo Paso that we connect with our network of former students and give current students a chance to ask questions and seek advice from their peers. This month, we welcomed our partner companies and former students to our inaugural job fair and Safe Passage alumni day at our new Learning, Art and Fun Center.
40 former Safe Passage students, 12 mothers and fathers from Adult Literacy, and 7 local companies including PepsiCo, Frito Lay, Brio, Allied, Telus, Work Link and GSM gathered together to network, to listen to informational talks about seeking employment, and to meet potential employers!
Providing our students with an avenue to employment, and a network of support along the way, is just one step in giving them the tools they need to overcome adversity.