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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An opportunity for social innovators in Latin America

The first step towards creating a model for a business-educational program for at-risk youth has been research. Today I will share with you reserach I've done to analyse the most common approaches done in Latin America by social innovators to improve the lives of at-risk youth. At-risk youth are victims of an exclusive system that perpetuates inequality. I believe youth can be empowered to change their living conditions and aspire to a better life. I believe in the pursuit of justice, equalit...
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Rediscover Purpose

A dear friend of mine shared a link to a Ted Talk with me last night, “everything you think you know about addiction is wrong” by Johann Hari, a British journalist who spent three years researching the war on drugs. The talk touches on several important issues that we as a society are facing, and one that is essential to understand adolescence, which goes beyond addiction and is the source of a lot more problems; disconnection. Johann mentions “the connections we have are a parody of human conn...
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Youth have a right to a form of expression

Dancing was my way of life for about twenty years. Dance gave my life what at the moment I defined as "meaning". Everything around me was better because I danced, I felt as though I was a better person because I danced. It's the best form of expression I've found. I used to mix it up, which allowed me to express myself even better, sometimes through jazz or ballet, sometimes through flamenco. Dance taught me about discipline. It taught me that practicing the exact same movements every day, do...
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