Yoga as a tool for rehabilitation

The documentary “Within” or “Interno” in Spanish, describes the work of a nonprofit called Parinaama Foundation, that makes an extraordinary approach to rehabilitate people in prisons. Ann moxey, founder of the foundation, teaches Parinaama Yoga – yoga for transformation- for people in prisons to learn how to manage stress, deal with addictions and let go of any attachments. Ann moxey believes that by teaching prisoners they’re not just their bodies, that they have a soul and a spirit and th...
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The practice of being thankful

Today I just want to share a great poem by B., a young man who participated with the organization “Free Minds Book Club” while incarcerated. I was looking for art, poems or media work done by youth as a form of expression and I bumped into this great organization. FMBC has shown youth great books to get them to learn, question and analyze and at a certain point they learn to write their own work. I found great poems on their site and particularly like this one: I’m Thankful November 25, 20...
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One year college + skills to succeed + employability

Coming from someone with two majors and a master´s degree, I have to say, I found this to be an amazing opportunity for youth today; https://www.missionu.com. This is a one-year major program, with no initials cost. You only pay 15% of your salary once you start working at a job that pays at least $50k a year. I found out about it listening to one of my favorite podcasts "The School of Greatness" by  Lewis House. He interviewed Adam Braun from Pencil´s of Promise, who is now also the founder...
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What if we were responsible for everything that happens in the world?

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” ― Nelson Mandela   We need to recognize our responsibility in everything that occurs in this world. In the beginning this might sound overwhelming, but the ultimate ...
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The banality of evil & how it relates to youth in 2017

“To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he´s doing is good, or else that it´s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law” Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book Between the World and Me Every generation has been concerned about their youth. However, the world has been changing at a rapid pace and we have to worry even more about our youth. But why? Because if we don´t give them the tools to think forward, to take responsibility for what they can do today for a bet...
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The exhausting process of job hunting

This blog post was honestly inspired by the most excruciating hiring process I´ve ever had, and believe me, I´ve had many and in many industries. In the beginning I was intrigued by the process, but then I was angry. It was frustrating to go through a process that implied several hours of work previous to an actual interview and not even receive a “thank you for applying” note. This however got me thinking about the future of work in general, organizational present needs and the most importa...
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I went to prison looking for answers

I went to prison looking for answers and only found more questions. Being incarcerated, learning how to live there and then getting back into society is a vicious cycle for a great percentage of Mexican youth who are put in prison for minor crimes and in many cases wait years to be sentenced. We live in a system that prevents them from being rehabilitated and of course prevents them from proper social reintegration. I went to prison and was able to talk to several men and women who shared...
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Ashoka Fellows & Youth Development

Research continues. This time I looked into Ashoka fellows  that have created a social enterprise or nonprofit focused on youth development. There are many amazing projects, I´ll mention some of ones that caught my attention the most. My favorite being Young Africa, because of its creative and well thought out structure, transparency, marketing, youth understanding, program evaluation and community engagement. Hello Motion  Location: Indonesia Founder: Wahyu Aditya He designed a ...
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Theft & entrepreneurship, anything in common?

I was robbed twice this week. Please don´t get me wrong, Mexico is a safe place to visit, however, just like in several big cities you have to be ware of petty crime. In my case, on Monday, I was stolen external car parts while I was at the gym and then on Wednesday (having borrowed my sister´s car), I parked the car outside of work and when I tried leaving I realized I was robbed the main throttle idle actuator, the computer, plugs, among other parts of the car. First, you need to know that in...
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Reforms for the protection of children and youth in Mexico

Last Friday was the opening of the “City for Childhood” in Guadalajara. The City for Childhood is a government institution of new creation in the State of Jalisco with the purpose of answering all related needs for the protection of rights of Children and Youth. Recently (end of 2014), new legislation was passed in Mexico for the protection of rights of children and youth. The new legislation basically puts together all state legislations and any institution (from all sectors) that provid...
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