Colombia: Fundación Colombia Joven

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Fundación Colombia Joven (FCJ) is a non-profit organization located in Bogotá, Colombia, is dedicated to strengthening the capacity and abilities of youth to actively participate in the development of sustainable, just and harmonious societies.

The organization collaborates with various communities and organizations in Colombia to develop youth leadership, development oriented programs and projects. The work of FCJ and its partners focuses on the development of rural communities, with a focus on vulnerable populations. FCJ implements projects that enable youth to gain concrete skills and knowledge, preparing them to be active participants in the labor market and creating greater opportunity for youth entrepreneurship. They provide training and technical assistance to youth to help youth achieve greater self-sufficiency and personal growth. Their programs and training have a central focus on the inclusion of youth in the workplace so they can develop leadership skills and become active citizens.

FCJ main program objectives are:

  • To increase the quality of local educational programs offered to local youth.
  • Develop economic strategies for rural and vulnerable groups
  • Reduce poverty and malnutrition
  • Increase youth leadership skills

In partnership with Canada World Youth

CWY and Fundación Colombia Joven work in partnership for our Programs for Aboriginal Youth. In collaboration with FCJ and its members, CWY`s Aboriginal youth strategy focuses on building partnerships with governments/territories, private and public stakeholders, international partners, and Aboriginal communities to support the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program. Alignment of priorities will provide enable Aboriginal youth and local youth to gain skills and capacities to enhance employment skills and academic studies through hands-on learning experiences in community service projects in Canada, developing countries and emerging economies. Aboriginal cultural components provide enhanced support mechanisms to enable Aboriginal youth to reach their potential while participating in the projects.

Areas of focus:

Economic community development projects and training for youth

  • Youth entrepreneurship in recycling and composting where youth produce resources, sell their products and generate income.
  • Early childhood development youth teams that provide nutrition education and support to local families, daycares, medical centres and communities.
  • Youth leadership workers in youth organizations that provide sexual health education, language learning, information and communications technology (ICT), supporting the development of youth oriented projects..
  • Community development work with vulnerable groups such as indigenous, displaced and campasino communities.
  • Agricultural education and rural youth development work where Canadian and Colombian youth work together on agricultural and rural projects to provide skills in rural economic development.

FJC local Partners

  • Asociación de Jóvenes Emprendedores (ASOJÉ) in La Dorada, Caldas
  • Universidad de los Llanos, Villavicencio, Meta
  • Institución Educativa Técnica Rafael Uribe, Toca, Boyacá
  • INEM Carlos Arturo Torres, Tunja, Boyacá