Madrid is the newest site for the United Way Worldwide and Airbus Corporate Foundation global partnership. Already operating in Toulouse, France and Wichita, Kansas, the “Flying Challenge” program empowers students to take control of their lives and their future while reinforcing the importance of completing their high school education.
Spain’s economic crisis and the country’s higher than average unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds (over 50%) have left the country’s youth particularly vulnerable to social exclusion. Many young Spaniards are unsure of their future. As an increasing number of students drop out of the school system, United Way Worldwide and the Airbus Corporate Foundation along with the Instituto de Educacion Secundaria (IES) Laguna Joatzel and the Fundacion Tomillo are working with 109 middle school students to help them identify their vocational interests and how they can develop these through their studies.
The Flying Challenge program aligns with United Way’s priority focus on education and more specifically, the organization’s strategy to support middle grade success – including supporting struggling students and keeping them engaged in school. A quality education is one of the building blocks of a good life, and the basis for better ensuring that all young people are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for career success in the 21st century.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Juanita Ortiz, Director of International Field Engagement, United Way Worldwide
Benedicte, Vice President of the European Region, United Way Worldwide