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Glasswing International equips youngs with employability and entrepreneurial skills through sports

Posted: Wednesday 30 April 14, 1.40pm GMT

Led by Partners of the Americas, the “A Ganar” (“To Win” in English) programme uses team sports to help young people in Latin America and the Caribbean find jobs, learn entrepreneurial skills, or re-enter the formal education system.

Glasswing Guatemala, with the support of USAID and Partners of the Americas, will prepare 900 students through this programme, involving local institutions such as Fundacion Paiz and Children International.

“A Ganar” was launched last month with a first group of 75 students, between 16 and 24 years old, already enrolled in the programme.

Students acquire marketable job expertise by building on six core sport-based skills: teamwork, communication, discipline, respect, a focus on results, and continual self-improvement.

In 7 or 9 months, youth will be able to learn life and vocational skills and complete internships with local businesses. They will learn how to bring the best values of sport and apply them to the workplace.

Of the more than 12,000 youth that have participated in “A Ganar” training in Latin America and Caribbean, over 63% of participants graduate from the programme; over 70% of programme graduates obtain formal employment, return to school, or start a business within one year. In high crime areas such as San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Kingston, Jamaica; and Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, A Ganar provides youth with positive identity, security and the opportunity to transform their lives.

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