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Puentes Project

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This project supports youth in high migration areas of Guatemala access to education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities while providing youth with basic life skills so that they can actively contribute to their communities.
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    ¡Quédate aquí!

    It is a fundamental goal of USAID to support young Guatemalans to take control of their future and lead prosperous lives in Guatemala. ¡Quedate Aqui!, is a video series featuring a young Guatemalan who through USAID’s Puentes Project, hard work, and determination is now a successful member of their community. Watch the videos

This project supports youth in high migration areas of Guatemala access to education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities while providing youth with basic life skills so that they can actively contribute to their communities.

The Puentes Project will support 25,000 youth in high migration areas of Guatemala to improve their skills, complete their education, and find new or better employment (including self- employment) in Guatemala. The activity facilitates access to education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities while providing youth with basic life skills so that they can actively contribute to their communities. The project works in 25 municipalities in the five departments of the Western Highlands (Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán, Quiché, and San Marcos) to reduce migration.

Puentes supports technical education providers (private and public) to provide training to vulnerable youth while also working with training providers to improve the quality of their programs. The activity also works with private sector employers to help them expand their businesses and hire trained youth in areas of high migration. Additionally, the activity ensures that vulnerable youth have access to the social services that are critical to their overall well- being, so that they may take full advantage of the opportunities available to them and improve their quality of life.

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    Bridging Youth with Opportunities Through Technology

    USAID is enabling youth to take control of their future through education and skills to access opportunities and improve their livelihoods. Read the story (link is external)

This project is expected to run from April 10, 2018 through March 31, 2023 with an estimated total USAID investment of $65,000,000.

USAID’s implementer for this project is World Vision International.

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    Women

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  • Country Development Cooperation Strategy

    Youth

    USAID promotes youth engagement to ensure that they have a role in decision-making and a voice in Guatemala’s future. Learn more

  • Development Sector

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Last updated: August 26, 2021

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