A unique programme in Mexico City helps young people who are both out of work and education gain valuable life skills and self-esteem as they refurbish and maintain public spaces within their communities.
Jóvenes Constructores is a Mexican non-profit organisation that recognises that young people can play an active role in providing services to society.
The association has spotted a unique opportunity for 16-29 year olds that has a dual objective for good: to refurbish run-down spaces in and around Mexico City and enable young people to work side by side, learning different construction skills whilst being encouraged to complete any gaps in their education. In addition to gaining practical training, the young adults also receive coaching in life skills and job placement.
In 2016 Jóvenes Constructores de la Comunidad oversaw the rehabilitation of a local plaza and the public space Deportivo San Sebastian. Educational activities have ranged from skills for work, technical training and sports workshops, to cultural trips and parental classes. The participants receive a monthly economic stimulus to pay for materials during their training, which concludes with a job and education insertion programme. Encouragingly, out of the 79 men and women involved, 37 went back to school and 22 secured jobs.