Led by Partners of the Americas, A Ganar (Vencer in Brazil) utilizes soccer and other team sports to help youth in Latin America and the Caribbean, ages 16-24, find jobs, learn entrepreneurial skills, or re-enter the formal education system. A Ganar combats the serious problem of youth unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean through the application of a four-phase integrated job training program in which youth transform lessons and intellectual skills, developed through sports, into marketable job skills.
A Ganar started as a three-country pilot program funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Ecuador, Uruguay, and Brazil that trained over 3,200 youth between 2005-2009. With additional support from the MIF, the Nike Foundation and USAID, the A Ganar Alliance plans to train over 5,400 more youth in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2012.
A Ganar is a highly innovative methodology that combines life skills, market-driven technical training, and sports.
Of the youth that have participated in A Ganar/Vencer, more than 70% have graduated from the program and the majority of the graduates have obtained jobs, returned to school, or started their own business within a year. The Alliance builds on Partners of the Americas’ 45 years of experience and contacts in the Western Hemisphere, which in conjunction with A Ganar not only opens doors of economic opportunity for youth through jobs, entrepreneurship, and education, but also ensures sustainability by building lasting partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Led by Partners of the Americas, A Ganar (Vencer in Brazil) utilizes soccer and other team sports to help youth in Latin America and the Caribbean, ages 16-24, find jobs, learn entrepreneurial skills, or re-enter the formal education system. A…