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.
(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)
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 2017, the group of beneficiaries (comprising 27 men and eight women) had 55 sessions of technical training while working on the playground, and also went into the classroom two days a week for separate life skills and work skills sessions totalling 145 hours.