Empowering at-Risk Girls

Projecto Gente Grande

Access to education and opportunities are more difficult for people in some of the communities where we operate, including Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It’s our responsibility to help.

For two decades, our site in Belo Horizonte has provided young, at-risk girls ages 8-18 opportunities for education, advancement and equality. Working with government-run program Projecto Gente Grande (Great People Project), Jabil has engaged more than 1,000 girls in the program over the years.

Eliana da Silva Rodrigues was once one of those girls. Growing up in a family of five children in nearby Contagem, Eliana dreamed of being an engineer. Her neighborhood saw violence and crime and the Great People Project provided a way out.

“It was an opportunity to help my family and spend my time doing productive things,” she said. “The project helped me stay off the street and avoid the wrong people and the wrong things.”

The site hosts the Project and 15 employees volunteer four hours each month tutoring the girls in English, mathematics, reading, writing and computer science. The program also offers instruction on professional skills in preparation for the job market. Music instruction is also a priority and the girls perform for the local community as part of an All-Girls Orchestra.

All of the girls complete basic educational studies, as compared to the average of 50 percent in the same region. Some girls, like Eliana, go on to become Jabil employees. Today, Eliana is a Quality Intern, but she hasn’t given up on her dream of becoming an engineer.

“I hope that I can work in the engineering field and that today’s girls have the same opportunities that I had,” Eliana said.

Learn more about Jabil’s community efforts around the world on our website.

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