CI youth are working hard to stand out

Updated May 2018

The job market is tough out there — especially for young adults in developing countries.

More than 200 million young people are still either unemployed or working at such low wages that they are living in poverty, according to the International Labour Organization.

For these young adults, finding decent work is a real struggle:

  • Many kids start kindergarten late, which may prevent them from completing basic schooling by the time they reach working age.
  • The quality of instruction is often poor.
  • They must fight the stigma associated with their neighborhoods.
  • Employers are increasing standards, even for entry-level jobs.

Children International youth focus on opportunities, not barriers.

We’re so proud of our teens’ accomplishments! The Into Employment® program is their secret to success, equipping young adults with specific job training and life skills to lift them out of poverty.

Many program graduates now have good-paying jobs —
and the knowledge and ambition to get even more out of life.

But don’t take our word for it. Listen to our Into Employment grads.

Jean works at a well-known grocery store chain in Colombia and earns about $380 per month.

Jean C.

Jean Cañas works at Grupo Éxito, a well-known grocery store chain in Colombia. He aspires to become a manager and hopes to study business administration.

Cecilia is a quality analyst at a water purification facility in Mexico. She earns $533 per month, plus benefits.

Cecilia I.

Cecilia Ipiña from Guadalajara, Mexico, is grateful for the Into Employment program, which taught her the job-searching skills she needed to land a position at a water-purification facility.

Darlin landed a job as a human resources assistant in Guatemala.

Darlin V. 

Darlin Evangelina Pirir Valenzuela says her job as a human resources assistant at Serh, a recruiting staff company in Guatemala, has allowed her to support her siblings’ schooling.

In the Philippines, Jomarie is a building wire technician. He brings in $240 per month.

Jomarie B.

Jomarie Bonaobra is a building wire technician in the Philippines, earning $240 per month. He sends some of his earnings to his parents in addition to saving up for college.

Into Employment by the numbers

The program operates in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines and Zambia.

Give more CI kids the education and skills to change their lives for good!



Jun 22, 2016

Seeing the impact of this program is so encouraging! After all, even kids who don't live in poverty can have a hard time getting jobs. Teens (and even a lot of adults!) simply don't typically know the importance of using good grammar in a resume or cover letter or how to take advantage of the internet in looking for jobs. That makes these skills even more critical for CI kids.

Jul 14, 2016

Thank you for showing what goes on the Community Centres; it really shows us that these places of refuge are vital learning places and for health of the kids too. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 13, 2018

It's so wonderful to see what sponsoring a child means. It's nice to see the children to go on to jobs and they still think of their families by supporting them with their paychecks.

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