NOLA & Belo Horizonte
The first of three targeted learning exchanges pairs the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in New Orleans, Louisiana with Rede Cidadã in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Jevon, Darren, Landrea, and Roneesha are among 19 youth and adult representatives of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), who traveled from New Orleans, USA to São Paulo, Brazil as part of a recent (Re)Connecting Youth learning exchange. Over five days, the YEP team immersed themselves in a youth employability training methodology developed by Rede Cidadã (The Citizen’s Network).
With research calling for increasing access to social and emotional learning opportunities for out of school and out of work youth in the U.S., the question is not whether—but how—to equip youth experiencing disconnection with essential life skills, including self-awareness and the ability to manage complex emotions.
During a recent (Re)Connecting Youth exchange visit to New Orleans, Fernando Alves, Founder of Rede Cidadã (the Citizen’s Network) in Brazil, shared key insights for engaging employers in the training and hiring of underserved youth.
On an overcast morning, roughly two-dozen young and older adults file into a large whitewashed room at the municipal homeless shelter in the Barra Funda neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil.