Our Oportunidades program is for students who attend public and private high schools. The first class of Camino Seguro students will be joining the program in 2022, when they move on to Diversificado (high school).
Próximo Paso or our “Next Step” program is for students who have graduated high school – we assist these students in a variety of ways depending on their interests and needs, including with applications for university.
With Guatemalan schools only operating for four hours a day, there is a need to keep students engaged academically, off of the streets and away from the influence of gangs. The program transitioned to Oportunidades in 2018 in an effort to give students more autonomy and responsibility in their education. Specific protocols to assist staff and volunteers were also implemented, such as physical and virtual file keeping to gain a better understanding of the skills and realities of the students.
With the observation that lack of social skills and adaptation were interfering with employment opportunities, Próximo Paso was created to help students successfully navigate the next stage of their lives. What began as workshops and etiquette classes, transformed into a robust program that includes:
We started the program to guide graduates through the often daunting post-graduation world by giving them:
Next Step is the culmination of our comprehensive education program, and a new beginning for each of our graduates.
57% are currently employed in the formal sector
9% are currently working and enrolled in higher education
Of those who reported wages, the average monthly wage is Q3,500 ($467) The average monthly wage for a worker in the garbage dump is Q1000 ($133)
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