Why Brazil ?
For the past five years, Brazil have been facing crisis after crisis. Political, with corruption scandals erupting and shaking the forces in play; economical, with the shrinking of its economy for the first time in its modern history; and social, with the impoverishment of its population in general. And yet, Brazil is filled with potential. Everywhere in the country, as well as in conferences worldwide, young Brazilians are taking the lead and trying to implement positive change on their scale.
We have chosen Brazil as the country where we will lead our first programme designed to empower young people. With a team already on the ground and our project manager looking for initiatives carried by young people to become a part of our programme, we are in the best position possible to help out young Brazilians willing to make their ideas a reality, and be leaders of positive change in their communities.
Our focus will be on the city of São Paulo. As a major component of Brazil’s economy (representing 32% of the country’s GDP in 2012), the city of São Paulo is an extraordinary mix between populations, where all the layers of civil society are represented, and yet where important inequalities persist. Our role will be to find and foster initiatives developed by young people in São Paulo, that answer to the most important challenges their communities are facing. We want these solutions to be sustainable and provide coherent, comprehensive solutions that benefit to everybody.
What's the programme exactly ?
In October of 2018, we have led a 3-days event with workshops in communication, fundraising, budgeting, etc where young people have learned the basic skills they need to master in order to be effective in making their projects a success. Punctuated with interventions by successful local entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and local authorities, the young people representing their initiatives have been put in situations where they had to switch from theory to practice.
At the end of the process, a certain number of initiatives have been selected by our team based on a realistic assessment of both the positive impact the selected initiatives can make, as well as the seriousness of the application and the possibility to mentor it and make it a success for everyone. Of that process, 3 initiatives and the people involved in them are now the first ever Young Enough Ambition Grantees.
In total, we are planning on allocating more than 58 000 euros to finance the selected initiatives and to allow the young people representing them to build a network, to what we add 11 000 euros for the 3-days event in São Paulo. That’s 83% of our total budget. Our priority is to make young people realize that they are young enough to lead positive change in their communities.