Women Can Do Heads to Peru – Alison Lamagna
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Women Can Do conference, and Vermont Work for Women is kicking off the celebration in Peru! We are thrilled to have been awarded funding by the U.S. Department of State to provide technical assistance to support APIE Asociación Peruana de Impulso Empresarial in hosting this event. Similar to our annual conference, Women Can Do Peru will be a one-day, hands-on STEM career exploration event for high school girls. Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops and activity stations related to engineering, biology, robotics, entrepreneurship, digital design, and more.
Why Peru? Back in October 2017, VWW hosted Mariella Puch Coronado as part of a six-week exchange program through the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). As the co-founder and president of APIE, an association that develops and executes educational programs to promote entrepreneurial growth in Peru, Mariella was particularly moved by our 19th annual Women Can Do conference. Opportunities for women to explore non-traditional career paths are scarce in Mariella’s hometown in Peru. In fact, programs designed specifically for the support and advancement of women in Peru have only been available for the last eight years. After Women Can Do, Mariella reached out to me to see if VWW might be interested in working with APIE to bring the event to the young women she works with in Lima. Fast forward 6 months (and with the generous support of YLAI) et voilà! Women Can Do Peru!
Women Can Do Peru is an exciting opportunity for Vermont Works for Women and a rare chance to be international ambassadors for the work we do.
It allows us to become an international leader in the advancement of women’s economic stability by offering programs to another place on the globe where women deserve equal access to opportunities and need support to break down barriers. We are excited to work with APIE to develop fresh programming for promoting non-traditional careers for young women that reflect our vision of expanding career education and exploration across age groups.
Most importantly, however, we are thrilled for the opportunity to share the rewarding, empowering, educational experience of Women Can Do with a whole new group of young women. We look forward to connecting our Peruvian participants with young women in Vermont by building confidence, teaching skills, changing lives…and now, crossing borders!
APIE is an association of young professionals that develops and executes educational programs to promote entrepreneurial growth in Peru. This unique collaboration is possible due to the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, a program of the US Department of State. The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) builds linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere, and addresses the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering business and social entrepreneurs with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in the hemisphere.