We work to prepare young people capable of making a positive impact in Brazil

Get to know our history and social impact

4K+ YOUTH

We have already transformed the lives of more than 4k Brazilians with our mentorship.

1.5K+ MENTORS

We have a huge professional network of experienced volunteers to aid our inexperienced youngster.

400+ CITIES

Our mentors and mentees are spread across over 400 Brazilian cities.

Who Are We

The Joule Institute believes in the transforming power that human connections and mentorship can foster

We connect young people and experienced professionals through online mentorships for personal and professional purposes. We use technology in order to make it possible to connect people from different cities, regions and even different countries.

Our network of professionals share experiences, ideas and development of young people so that they can elaborate and set goals, plan their careers and have access to the best opportunities through personal and professional growth.

Our History

“A difficult harsh childhood and adolescence, with scarce resources. Unemployed father, early death of a mother. Unable to access simple and basic things. This is the reality of millions of Brazilians and I was no exception.

Everything only changed when I, voluntarily or not, was rescued by angels I now call mentors. With their help I changed my reality and grew up with the feeling to give it back to other people. In large scale”!
(Fernando Schneider, Joule Institute's Founder)

Our organization was founded in 2012 amid a major desire from Fernando and Shirley to return to the society everything they experienced in their life trajectories.

In 2015 amid Brazil’s alarming economic and social scenario with more than 13 million of unemployed people, the population was desperate looking for an opportunity. At that moment Joule project was carried out. The couple of co-founders invited several of their friends to become mentors and a network took shape. The volunteering model was conceived online to be scalable and accessible to a wide range of people from different locations. A website and a social media page were created and people started enrolling in search of help and then mentors and mentees started to get together.

In two years the project has grown considerably (more than 4.000 mentees and 1500 mentors) and in 2017, the Joule Institute was officially established focusing on spreading positive impact.

Mission

Empowering low-income youngsters and professionals to widen their future perspectives and enable them towards personal and professional growth, transforming their lives making a positive impact in their community.

Vision

Becoming a reference in terms of contribution to a more egalitarian society through personal, professional development in a universal access to education in order to promote social equality in Brazil.

Institutions supporting us

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Awards & Acknowledgement

2017

? Selecionado para o Laureate Youth Action Net: Jovem Empreendedor Social, pela International Youth Foundation

? Estudo de caso na Georgetown University

2018

? Prêmio Young Leaders of the America Initiative, dado pelo governo americano

? Selecionado pela Fundação Arymax no Concurso de Projetos 

? Parceria com a GreaterGood.org para realizar workshops presenciais Girls´ Voices em escolas públicas do Brasil 

 

2019

? Parceria E2C com o Grupo+Unidos: Mentoria em inglês para jovens negros

? Selecionado pelo governo americano para a conferência global de Diplomacia e Impacto Social em San Diego, CA

2020

? Selecionado pela Fundação 1Bi para o Programa Potencialize:  Consultoria em tecnologia e gestão por profissionais do Ifood

? Selecionado pelo Grupo Ambev para participar do Programa VOA: Desenvolvimento de Projeto de Mentoria com funcionários da Ambev

OUR TEAM

Fernando Schneider

CO-FUNDER & BOARD MEMBER
Business consultant - Prior to that, he has worked for Google, Microsoft, Dell and UOL.
Graduated in Business Administration from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. MBA from Tuck School of Business @ Dartmouth

Shirley Schneider

CO-FUNDER & DIRECTOR
Held positions in Supply Chain and fulfillment areas at Dell, Eichenberg and Convector.
Graduated in Business Administration from PUC-RS

Bruno Barreto

FINANCIAL BOARD MEMBER
Sales Manager at Google. Previously held positions at Goldman Sachs and Symantec.
Graduated in Business Administration from Brigham Young University; MBA from University of Texas at Austin

Danielle Camillo

CONSULTANT
Marketing & Inonvation Manager at Frooty. Previously held positions at Lindt and Danone.
Formada em em Administração de empresas pela FEA-USP, MBA pela Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Tiago Carvalho

CONSULTANT
Entrepreneur with previous management positions at Euromonitor, Integrity Consulting and WTC. Graduated in Business Administration at Anhembi.

Vivian Sória

MANAGER
Previously worked at Promon, co-founder at Moradigna -Negócio Social, and coordinator at Sonhar Acordado.
Graduated in Architecture, Post-grad in Business Management at Mackenzie.

Camila Kuhn

CONSULTANT
Quality Manager at Beiersdorf, with previous positions at BASF, Campo Limpo Plástico and Bosch. Graduated in Engineering at Anhaguera; MBA by Munich Business School.

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