FUSALMO ROBOTICS CLUB

FUSALMO ROBOTICS CLUB: Training in technology and entrepreneurship, access to employment

San Salvador, Soyapango , El Salvador27 municipalities of the following departments: San Salvador, Santa Ana, San Miguel, Sonsonate, Cabañas, Ahuachapan, La Libertad, Cuscatlan y San Vicente , El Salvador
Year Founded:
2001
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Robotics club that allows:
Training for Employment through Technology.
Technological scholarships for youth at risk, supporting the prevention of violence
Young entrepreneurs, young social transformers.
Technology and entrepreneurship. Window of opportunity for youth at risk

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

Risk youth in the area has two opportunities, "getting to criminal gangs or migrate north. This project aims to show another path of development, generating new sources of income and opportunities for their lives
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problems addressed are those relating to young people at risk, such as gangs, migration, family breakdown, leakage of community talents. This project aims to rescue young people who need an opportunity and does not find it and support them through comprehensive educational processes, helping them to achieve their development to work or entrepreneurial function according to their skills, promoting them to employment and entrepreneurship.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The proliferation of youth gangs is an increasingly serious problem in populated areas. We propose to form youth at risk and that are outstanding in their communities; deal with such risk youth people means one less young gang (each member that joins the gang killed at least 5 people in the year), on the other hand it becomes positive youth community models, showing that you can get by with opportunities. The population is expected to meet are 1,500 children and young people aged 12 to 24 years of conflicted areas. The training offered is comprehensive and includes Technical Training in robotics and ICT, entrepreneurial skills, seed capital, and majoring in English for those who require it.

Awards

Cemex ITESM 2015, as Social Entrepreneurship at Latin American level to FUSALMO Robotics Club
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Methodological transfer to youth leaders and teachers interested in innovating in their school or community, especially the public sector in El Salvador. Also, create prototypes that allow them to be empowered to have double or triple impact, preferably. One example is the development of the Smart Trash which may collect three types of waste such as plastic, paper or cardboard and aluminum. We have created 60 of these and they are currently being used in seven public schools in El Salvador. Each Smart Trash collects five pounds of wastes each day on an average school day. From 2013 to 2015 there have been 300 replicas in public and private schools in El Salvador.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

160 youth leaders trained. 300 secondary teachers trained. belonging to 150 public schools 600 students trained. belonging to 150 public schools. Interactive robot to collect waste such as paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic in seven public schools in El Salvador.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

There are two strategies for dissemination. One is internal, with the same young beneficiaries and also expand to other territories in which FUSALMO operates: Santa Ana, San Miguel, Soyapango, all of them areas of high social risk, Moreover, FUSALMO is involved in several thematic education networks as USAID, RESALDE (AECID), TUCHANCE (GIZ) CONVENTION Mindez, FOUNDATIONS OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISES, as such, dissemination and making synergies work will be done with all these entities. Network of social entrepreneurs in Latin America.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

FUSALMO, has 14 years managing projects in various educational topics including technology, due its credibility in these projects, we always increase quality. In this sense, we seek the continuity of projects so they can become in basic Foundation programs, ensuring the sustainability and for this technological project is no exception. 33% of program funds are self-management.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are many organizations developing ICT training, yet they are not specific and comprehensive efforts. The difference is that we offer an educational process, including technical training, personal entrepreneurial skills, entrepreneurial support and monitoring of sustainable business and a minor in English for those who need it, helping the quality of their studies. It is a process of comprehensive education rather than a training service.
Team

Founding Story

On 15 December 2012 two young ladies named Xiomara Barrientos and Andrea Leticia Quijano, approached me to ask kindly to help them meet and learn about educational robotics, their argument was "I finished my high school, and in my national institute we were not taught robotics, we want to learn. Could you help us? was the question that active a turning point in me, told myself…i gotta do something! The education in my country needs a component of ongoing innovation and I have access, even if its a minimal Access. Know! I will create a robotics club where participants can come and learn freely and voluntarily.

Team

General Coordinatorl (Founder) Juan Carlos Guerrero Operative Coordinator (Co-Founder) Walter Gonzalez Replica coordinator and specialist in Educational Robotics (Co-Founder-Volunteer) Andrea Leticia Quijano Robotics Education Specialist (Third Generation Leader-Volunteer) Rember Vasquez Robotics Education Specialist (Fourth Generation Leader-Volunteer) Ricardo Galvez Robotics Education Specialist (Fourth Generation Leader-Volunteer) Fabielht Rodriguez Educational Technology Advisor-Douglas Flores Consultant and supervisor in educational technologies -Carlos Escalante Field Technical assistant -Mario Larreynaga Analyst and Video Games Programmer- Manuel Calderon Graphic Design-Alexander Marroquin Web Master- Juan Carlos Garcia Our country has 14 departments; we plan to have a robotics club representative in each department in the medium term and a representative in the 262 municipalities in the long term.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Direct invitation by Ashoka

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

- Strengthening of COMPUMOVIL Project

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

FUSALMO in its various projects works with partners, private companies, volunteers, advisors and mentors.