Grupo +Unidos and US Consulate General in São Paulo celebrate this week the end of the first half of the 2020 cycle of the E2C project (English to Connect, Communicate, Catalyze). The initiative’s central objective is to support young black men and women to improve their English language skills, so that they can rise to prominent positions in the labor market.
The pilot of the project, developed throughout 2019, presented excellent results. For instance, 50% of participating students got a job or received a promotion and 100% believed that English had an influence on it. Still, 100% said they believed that their level of English at the end of the course could open up new career opportunities.
The success obtained with the results of the first class stimulated the expansion of the initiative, so that a new class was opened for the year 2020. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and the need for social isolation, E2C classes were adapted to an online format. The program coordinators, teachers and students remained connected, continuing the meetings.
Throughout this week, the last classes of the semester take place, whose main programming is the exhibition of English pitchs developed by the students of the class. In their speeches, they addressed issues related to their professional and academic experiences and projects, often dealing with topics such as technology, culture and ancestry. The last presentation was attended by members of Grupo +Unidos and US Diplomatic Mission, such as Madelina Y. Smith, cultural attaché at the US Consulate in SP.
On the occasion, the course participants expressed their recognition that they are developing the language in a very satisfactory way. They stated that they feel very safe and in an environment of trust and welcome.
We congratulate our students and our teaching staff for the excellent work developed throughout the semester! We hope that E2C can generate a solid network and foster great professional opportunities for young black men and women.