2016 officially started with a new group of boys and girls that happily signed up for our football (soccer) and field hockey programs. In total, 70 boys and girls from 12 to 17 years old began with trainings last week, after a signing in process that inlcude their commitment (and their families) to the programs.
As usual, all the participants are provided with all the equipment needed to do proper trainings: football boots, field hockey sticks, balls, etc. For many boys, it's the first time they have the chance to choose which type of boot they would like to use. And for most ot younger ones, this decision is made by checking which boot is using their favourite player. "Cristiano or Messi?", is a never ending debate you can hear each day between them. But it relfects that they already feel like peers, they are also football players now and this change of attitude is already a milestone.Meanwhile, the girls are not so focused in the equipment, but in taking care that the 'old' ones mix with the new ones. The historic participants are making sure that everyone feels comfortable and motivated, explanining hockey techniques, being proactive in initiating conversations and smiling a lot.Coming month, competitions are starting, with weekly games on weekends. Thanks to your support we can keep on providing high level sports program!PS: Meantime, in Buenos Aires, our program director Luz Amuchastegui had the chance to talk to President Barack Obama about social entrepreneurship and the role of NGOs in social change.
2015 was an amazing and challenging year. It was our first time teaching kids to code using what our friends from Harvard University taught us during their visit in 2014.
It was a great experience where participants learnt the basis of coding and ended up coding their own simple website while also gaining countless of other life skills that will remain with them as they grow up.
We have more exiting ideas for the 2016 version of the Coding program based on our learnings and insights from participant’s experiences that we will be sharing with you soon.
As a year-end closing ceremony we had some shows in our facility and an award ceremony, we are glad to share those pictures with you.
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Last time we told you about the first Happy Cities Festival we were organizing in Rosario city. So we did it. Last November we've hosted an incredible event full of energy, igniting conversations about how we can create better cities for youth and people in general. Sports for development, youth development and mobility/urbanism were some of the issues we talked about during the day. There were debate panels, round table, pop up meeting rooms, interactive simulations and polls to engage the public and bussinesses people and policy makers all at once. Around 600 people attended the Festival, also atracted by the great pop-up bar that our own chefs from the cooking program installed that day.
The event was great to engage people into meaningfull conversations, and everyone gave a clear message that they want to pariticpate in the life and construction of happy cities. Thanks to this we opened lot of minds and eyes, and we inspired citizens to be more active.Meanwhile we have huge plans for 2016. Besides the Minilibraries project that will keep on running, and the 2nd edition of the Happy Cities Festival, we are working in a new urban intervetion together with a dutch project called Social Sofa. The concept is about revalue public space and make it motivating to people to use it and connect. At this stage we are working hard to see the possibilities and we hope to have more news for you next time.
Thanks to your support we did great things in 2015, and we sure in one year we will be celebrating again for our milestones!All the best and thanks again!