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Impact Story: Networking Academy Brazil

Raising Expectations of Impoverished Youth

Brazil has emerged from the global recession as a growing, resilient economy with a low unemployment rate. Yet, in many disadvantaged neighborhoods young people lack the skills and knowledge to pursue their dreams. To transform their lives and situations, they just need access to learning and encouragement to choose a better path.

SOS Children’s Villages (Aldeias Infantis) provides shelter to children at social and personal risk and empowers the communities where the Villages are located. With the adoption of the Cisco Networking Academy program, the Villages in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are helping young people join the booming economy by preparing them with much-needed technical skills and clearing a path for them to pursue.

“The economy is growing so fast,” said Flavio Provedel, program manager for Cisco in Brazil. “Brazil doesn’t need more engineers and doctors, it needs technical capacity. ICT is a good career path and provides a global opportunity.”

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