Collaborative projects

"You are the social result, yes, but from there, what do you do with what you have, with what you already are? what things can you transform?, what can you give? Nothing can be taken from you. You are the project that begins…"

The new community projects will be done in areas with similar characteristics to the previous ones: neighborhoods with difficult access and with great lack of public recreational spaces. Much of these spaces were gray, treeless, dirty, and neglected, where our students had to clean them up. They were even spaces that were usually used for unsuitable or unhealthy activities. Another of the benefits of our organization is that our groups came to give life to abandoned spaces, these were recovered by the community, being this actions another social benefit.

The complex and sometimes painful obstacles that we have encountered in our journey as an organization, there are the many existing limitations, for example: the little interest and willingness of parents or guardians to support sports activity of their minors, also conditions of violence which is added a probable drug use that make sport and game spaces unsafe or unhealthy and often this are remote or not very accessible. The value of involving the community in the activities of girls, boys and adolescents, is to show the strengths that community work offers and among adults understand the importance of respecting the rights of girls, boys and adolescents.

It is important that people from the same community join and be part of the projects so that SIYG can access community spaces and negotiate with the local population to undertake activities and actions that benefit them as a social group. For example, teachers are generally from the same community, they are people with a great vocation but who without considering it they reproduce sexist and violence interaction forms that they have learned throughout their lives, they have them so internalized that it is difficult to work a deconstruction process with them. It will be a major challenge in these upcoming projects, to find a different model and the correct multipliers, to carry out the work within the community.

In order to understand specific needs, we will first conduct a feasibility survey in the area based on the statistics already published. Once we establish the points we want and can work on, we will make visits and apply questionnaires to determine the needs that required to be addressed, if possible we will hold prior focus groups, however, the conditions of the communities in which we have worked present a great resistance to this type of practice. This is of great relevance, since being able to reach adults is to infer the treatment of minors and seek a change, because if violence within the home continues to reproduce, much of our work will be diminished.

On the other hand, teachers have a great resistance to the use of technology, either applications or any other computer tool to share the activities they carry out as part of our projects. We, as an organization, require data to measure the impact that the projects have on the community they infer, so part of the renewal of SIYG is within digital literacy and awareness of these new ways of building and creating a community.