- Coschool, Bancolombia Foundation, and Ipsos Foundation come together to develop socio-emotional and entrepreneurial skills in 300 young people from Urabá Antioquia.
- Six projects developed by 30 young people received seed capital to continue their initiatives.
- 16 young people were recognized for their leadership and four of them will participate in the leaders’ camp developed by Coschool in Bogotá from June 17 to 28.
- Fundación Telefónica awarded 300 scholarships for its Conecta Empleoprogram with the aim of contributing to the development of participants’ digital skills and abilities.
At the Final Project Fair of the Rumbo Emprender Program, from the Coschool alliance, Ipsos Foundation
The six winning projects are focused on the solution of problems identified in their upbringing such as animal care, drug addiction, security, conflicts in school environments, among others; which they want to solve with awareness campaigns, community activities and intervention projects in the affected areas.
The alliance continues to join efforts to contribute to the peace construction in the post-conflict through the strengthening of socio-emotional skills in young people through the development of a community project that allows them to become agents of change in their environments.
“The private sector has the responsibility of aligning the training of young people with what is needed today and what will be needed in the world of the future, both in the field of work and in terms of coexistence in their communities. Programs like this where we have a national ally, with a lot of experience in the region, an expert ally in educational innovation projects and an expert in measurement, allows not only to transform the realities of the young people impacted, but also to identify what works and what doesn’t, so they can be replicable and scalable“, Henry May, CEO Coschool.
Ipsos, an expert organization in market research, developed a tool to measure the impact of Rumbo Emprender in Urabá, which compares the results of the group of 300 young people exposed to training in socio-emotional skills and another group of 300 young people, who were not exposed to training, but that do share the same realities (control group).
“The saying is very famous: what is not measured cannot be improved, that is why we have made a measurement prior to the implementation of the program, to find a stage. After the intervention, we will measure again to corroborate and have evidence of whether it was successful or if certain aspects should be corrected,” Mauricio Sepulveda, CEO of Ipsos Colombia.
Once the result of the measurement is ready, it is expected to be able to demonstrate in figures the importance of strengthening social-emotional skills in the training of young people, in the construction of their life projects and in the positive transformation of their environments.
“We are empowering young people to be able to solve problems themselves. The basis of conflict and violence is often based on the absence of tolerance and respect for difference. If we train young people in skills that allow them to be better people and acquire tools for life, it is possible to start building together a better future”, Lina Montoya, executive director of the Bancolombia Foundation.