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The everis foundation launches the third edition of their mentoring program for teenage girls

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The everis foundation, aware of the gender gap and the need to bridge it, creates the Pulsar Program, a program from women to women, aimed at teenage girls from 15 to 17 who show great potential.

The everis foundation has launched the third edition of the Pulsar Program, an initiative of individualized mentoring that connects reference women with teenage girls in order to discover and boost their talent, motivating them to pursue their training path.

In this third edition, the number of participants has increased compared to the previous year: three schools in Madrid, three schools in Barcelona and, for the first time, one in Santiago de Compostela. In addition, the program is now expanding to those Latin American countries where everis is present: Brazil –a country where the first edition already took place–, Mexico and Peru, where the initiative will be launched in 2018. Today, almost 90 girls and 65 mentors take part in the Program.

The methodology of this initiative is based on the idea of learning by doing, and the work method is oriented to curiosity, exploration, discovery, interaction and content creation, together with reflection and connection of these learnings with their daily lives. Thus, each girl is assigned an individual mentor to work with and to explore their professional opportunities, develop their skills and focus on their talent, with monthly meetings outside school hours.

Why this initiative?

The PISA survey (*Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport: PISA in FOCUS Nº49. What underlies the gender inequality in education?) reveals that girls achieve worse results in mathematics and sciences due to their own mistrust in themselves. It also points out that 10% more girls than boys think they are not ready to enter the labour market, and a greater percentage of boys than girls say they participate in activities and practices that prepare them for their work life, a situation that is more marked in underprivileged social classes.

Parents and educational institutions are key to advancing equal opportunities so that this gap is reduced and the girls are able to develop their full potential, thus contributing to their own growth and well-being, and to that of society.

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