Around half of the unemployed people in Mexico are young adults under the age of 25. For vulnerable Mexican youth who have lost parental care, their lack of career opportunities and guidance make obtaining self-sufficiency as an adult particularly challenging. Youth who are unable to secure safe and decent employment often undertake informal work in order to survive. This type of work is often unstable and can be dangerous.
Thanks to the support of Transat employees, customers, and the Transat corporation, vulnerable young people can receive the support they need to establish careers and look forward to bright futures.
María* and Teresa* are just two examples of how Transat together with SOS Children’s Villages is helping to make a difference in the lives of young people in Mexico.
The two girls grew up in SOS Children’s Villages Comítan (Chiapas State, Mexico) and benefited from the employability program supported by Transat in 2017 and 2018. They have received career counselling to help them identify employment demands in the region, developed a career path, and linked with the Universidad Tecnológica de La Selva.
Both girls are now studying at university, with María pursuing studies in agronomy and Teresa pursuing studies in tourism. In the future, María’s dreams include supporting the SOS Children’s Village where she grew up and working in Cancún, where salaries are higher, so she can send back financial support. While Teresa studies, she has also been working for a government-run program to teach young children in vulnerable communities. She also hopes to live in Cancún in the future.
The need to help young people who do not have the care and guidance of their parents is vital to ensure they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. SOS Children’s Villages provides youth with educational support, career guidance, and help with job seeking that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Support from Transat helps to cover part of the cost of ensuring youth have the school supplies and educational materials needed for their studies, as well as career counselling and guidance for one full year.
*Names changed to protect the privacy of the young women.
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