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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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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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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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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