Half of the year has passed and the teams are working better each day. We have noticed major positive changes in participant’s attitudes and in their health habits.
Girls from the hockey teams have created strong bonds with each other, they started sharing many moments outside the field as well and we can notice how their self-esteem have increased as a result of perceiving themselves as athletes.
With the boys from the soccer teams we can also notice positive changes, they have decreased their levels of violence and are managing their frustrations, and increased their conflict resolutions abilities. Of course parents are the #1 fans, so a group of moms got together and created some flags to take to field whenever there is a match.
This time I share a special video we launched for a campaign we are doing in Argentina – sorry, it’s in Spanish – to invite people to join as social investors to help us continue to do our work, where everybody can see how we use sports to fight addiction and criminality. We invite you to share it as well!
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We all know how we want to live and what we want to create. Health, safe places to grow and develop, accesibility to good modes of transportation, economic development and happiness. But to create that we need to convince a lot of people and create a movement. Not everyone has the vision or the time to think about how we can make a transition to that desired picture. But we are accelerating change in Rosario, and sooner than we think probably in the whole country.
The Urban Cycling Lab we told you about in last report is up, running and rocking. We've interwieved 20 influencers from the city and created a fantastic actor and system analysis that will allow us to co-create solutions and ideas to move faster into urban cycling. These influencers are bussiness people, artists, shop owners, educators, representatives from the government and social entrepreneurs.Meantime, the organization of the Happy Cities Festival 2016 already started. The date is October 13th, and the one-day festival will go around topics like Youth development, Mobility and Social urbanism, Sports for Development and cities as platforms to educate. Mr. Gil Peñalosa, founder of 880citiies.org, will be the star of the event, visiting Rosario for his first time. Gil will help to build enthusiasm and the energy needed to keep on accelerating the transition to a more inclusive and sustainable Rosario.Thanks to your incredible support we can keep on thinking big, and making the world better for all.
In El Desafío we work on Youth Development and all of our activities seek to solve the problems they face by providing them with necessary life- skills. Through coding we seek to develop critical and logical thinking as well as frustration management.
During this period parents were invited to participate in one class so that participants could show them what they had been working on and teach them how to communicate with computers.
Also, a few weeks ago, we were invited to visit a local company that works with programming where participants could see the work that “real coders” do, connect with them and ask them all the questions they had, not only regarding technical issues, but most importantly on how they handled tough situations they face in their jobs, when things don’t work out as they wished. The visit was a great experience for everyone as they really bonded and got to share lots of stories.
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