U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits POETA Center in Minas de Cristo

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Febrero 16, 2015. Mexico D.F. – Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) visited the POETA Center in Minas de Cristo as part of their Mexico trip. The event also featured key stakeholders including representatives from MasterCard, Microsoft, Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud, Delegación Alvaro Obregón, The Trust for the Americas, as well as, POETA Center beneficiaries.

A U.S. Congressional Delegation comprised of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) visited the POETA Center Minas de Cristo in the Delegación Alvaro Obregón, a borough of Mexico City, on February 16, 2015. The objective of the visit was to learn about the POETA Program, a public-private partnership involving Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud, Delegación Alvaro Obregón, MasterCard, Microsoft, and the Trust for the Americas.

After a warm welcome by POETA Center personnel, the Senators met with POETA Program Stakeholders discussing best practices, lessons learned, and stakeholders’ desire to continue expanding the POETA model throughout Mexico. The Senators also had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with POETA Center beneficiaries who shared their experiences as participants of the POETA Center in Minas de Cristo, including their views on training, learning experiences, and future plans.

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“The POETA Program is, in the best sense, a clear example of a public-private partnership. It involves Mexican government agencies, two leading American companies, and a US-based nonprofit serving as a catalyst. What makes POETA so valuable is that it shows what the private sector and government can do working together,” stated Linda Eddleman, Chief Executive Officer for the Trust for the Americas.

The POETA Center in Minas de Cristo, which started operations last August, is an accessible, technological facility designed to function as a community center that provides on-site training and support on the use and appropriation of technology, the development of job-readiness skills, and the intermediation of economic opportunities. It is part of a larger program with operations in 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. During its ten years of operations, POETA has impacted almost 850,000 people through access to technology, trained more than 95,000 people and intermediated more than 20,000 economic opportunities.

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About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud

Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud is the federal Mexican government agency in charge of promoting, generating, and articulating integral public policy for Mexico’s youth, as well as, equipping Mexican youth with the necessary tools in regard to education, health, employment, and social participation.

About Delegación Alvaro Obregón

Delegación Alvaro Obregón is one of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City. As of 2010, it was home to 727,034 inhabitants. It is located in the west section of Mexico City.

Press Contact: Manuel Matiz : mmatiz@fundacionparalasamericas.org