The Trust for the Americas Marks Milestone with First Cohort Completion and Launch of the Skills for Sustainability (S4S) Project


[Washington DC, October 30, 2023] – The Trust for the Americas is excited to announce two significant developments in its ongoing mission to empower vulnerable and low-income populations in the border region between Mexico and the United States. 20 beneficiaries from the El Paso, Texas metro region have successfully completed their training and 40 beneficiaries from the Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua metro region, will graduate on November 14th, marking the completion of the first cohort under the transformative Skills for Sustainability (S4S) Project. This project is supported by a consortium of multilateral institutions, local educational institutions, and private sector partners in the El Paso-Juarez metropolitan region, San Antonio, and Washington, DC, and is performing a pivotal role in enhancing economic development through technology.

The Trust for the Americas, in collaboration with financial support from the North American Development Bank (NADBank), Microsoft, and other private sector companies, including Water House Group, was pleased to launch the “Skills for Sustainability (S4S)- Jale por el Agua project” in March 2023. This initiative benefits from the partnership with Jóvenes Constructores de la Comunidad in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and Success Through Technology Education Foundation (STTE) and Wester Tech, in El Paso, Texas, in the United States, which serve as implementing partners in both regions.

The Skills for Sustainability (S4S) Project receives steadfast support from the Municipal Board of Water and Sanitation of Juarez, El Paso Water, Veolia, Water House Group, the National Chamber of Commerce of Juarez, and the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. These organizations, among others, share a deep commitment to providing technical skills development and promoting employment opportunities in the US-Mexico border region.

Skills for Sustainability (S4S) - Jale por el Agua is a binational project focusing on digital, life, and technical skills training while providing essential support for employment integration of vulnerable and low-income populations. The program is specially designed to prepare participants for positions in the water and wastewater management sector along the Mexico-United States border.

The Trust for the Americas congratulates the 60 beneficiaries in Texas and Chihuahua on their successful completion of training and celebrates that 95% of these graduates will be hired by water sector companies and join their workforce. The Trust looks forward to the continued success of the Skills for Sustainability (S4S) Project, which plays a pivotal role in enhancing the lives and employment prospects of vulnerable populations and supports the sustainable development of the border region.

For more information about The Trust for the Americas and the Skills for Sustainability (S4S) Project, please visit the project´s Website.

About Jóvenes Constructores de la Comunidad (JCC)
JCC is a Mexican non-profit civil society organization established in 2004, dedicated to promoting human development, improving employment opportunities, and facilitating school reintegration for youth in marginalized communities.

About Success Through Technology Education Foundation (STTE)
STTE, a non-profit organization founded in 2018, operates in the southwest Texas border region. STTE has a twenty-year vision to support initiatives focused on cultivating entrepreneurship ecosystems, a STEAM-ready workforce, and technology literacy through educational programs.


The Trust for the Americas collaboratively works with local partners in 21 countries across the Americas to establish centers promoting technical and vocational training. These centers leverage technology to create economic and educational opportunities for individuals in the Americas.

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