Sójovem Association was born in 1994 in the city of Ermesinde, about 7 km far from the city of Porto, in Portugal. The main objective is to promote social inclusion and a healthy occupation of leisure time to its associates, through educational, cultural and sporting activities. Since its origin, Sójovem has developed numerous activities aimed at the promotion of culture and sport inserted in a healthy lifestyle and with Institute of Employment and Professional Training we develop several trainig courses in areas related with entrepreneurship, culture and social inclusion for youngers with fewer opportunities.
The Sójovem Association is a member of the Federation of Youth Associations in Oporto district and the National Federation of Youth Associations.
The Association seeks to be an intermediate tool and enabler of conditions and capabilities that put the unemployed of our local communities and our city on the front line in the fight against unemployment and in finding credible and effective solutions in obtaining work that dignifies and inserts the citizen in the active population, making him a growth agent of social and economic development. The project consists in looking at the local economy from those, though wants to participate in the process of production of wealth, were excluded from it: the unemployed. It is in this group that are, in large part, the problems and challenges facing the economy and to society in general and to the community of Ermesinde in particular.
In the technical staff, distributed for various areas of intervention, the Sójovem Association has about 13 employees, 2 people held jobs stages, 3 more employees to work through the rehabilitation measure on the labor market in collaboration with Institute of Employment and Professional Training, one of them carrying disabilities, ie with fewer opportunities and 3 persons doing EVS, from Spain, France and Turkey.