Feb 10, 2017

JUCONIs priority to deliver high quality attention for vulnerable youths in Mexico

Youths celebrating Halloween
Youths celebrating Halloween

Looking back on JUCONI's Global Giving journey in 2016, we are delighted to say that it was a fantastic year. In 2016, our project raised $9,945 USD and we received $4,522 USD through Global Giving-driven funds, bonus prizes, matching money, corporate partnerships and marketing efforts. We could activate 24 new donors to support our project and participated in 2 Global Giving Campaigns and contest.

Finally, we got invited to raise our total project goal from $30,500USD up to $40,000USD which gives us the opportunity to continue our work to empower 19 youths into an independent life free of violence.

Hence, for 2017 we have set new ambitious targets and hope that you keep on joining us on our journey.

What is planned in the JUCONI Youth House over the next few months?

As you may know, JUCONI attributes significant priority on offering intensive personalized attention on a long-term basis for every single Youth House resident to fully guarantee sustainable results and a successful reintegration into family and society. Therefore, all therapeutic interventions and vocational guidance will proceed as scheduled in the individual action plans to slowly build the foundation for their own empowerment and independence.

Within this structured routine, we will also continue with the implementation of a high variety of cultural and recreational activities so that the young men can strengthen their emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills and tools. Educational and employment activities have been specially designed to help them visualize a future in which they can develop their full potential.

Thus, in the coming months we are planning various workshops focusing on issues such as how to promote good treatment, getting to know oneself, cooking and an introduction in philosophy. We will visit the interactive Museum of Economy, the Soccer Club of Puebla and organize business visits to a beverage factory and Faurecia, a global leader in automotive equipment. Once a week our educators and coordinators will hold theoretical training courses about federal employee law, a well-balanced nutrition, personal finances, customer services, leadership and English classes.

As all these activities can only be succeed within an adequate, comfortable and safe environment, we are planning to restore some parts of the Youth House which allows the young men feel comfortable and enjoy the time together while playing games and exchanging experiences.

Just like last year, we are convinced that JUCONI´s Youth House residents will enjoy many great moments and celebrate small and greater successes being on the right way to lead an independent life free of violence.

This positive foresight – as we always emphasize – is only possible thanks to your unlimited generosity, confidence and support and we look forward to our ongoing journey together in the year ahead!

If you are more curious about the Youth House and JUCONI´s work to eliminate family violence in Mexico (and the world!), please do not hesitate contacting us: proyectos@juconi.org.mx.

Once again, thank you for all your support!

 

Sincerely,

The JUCONI team.

Cooking time at the Youth House
Cooking time at the Youth House
Computer Workshop
Computer Workshop
Philisophy Workshop
Philisophy Workshop
Nov 18, 2016

JUCONIs innovative methodology: the key of a successful reintegration of 19 youths

Graduation ceremony JUCONI Youth
Graduation ceremony JUCONI Youth

We are approaching the end of the year and many of our loyal donors are probably curious what has happened in JUCONI´s Youth House and what progress its residents have made in 2016.

What has lately happened in the JUCONI Youth House?

In the last couple of months, JUCONI´s Youth House Program has carried out a high variety of educational, cultural and social activities, complementing the therapeutic interventions and personalized vocational guidelines the young men receive on a daily basis.

In August, 8 Youth House residents participated in the Annual Youth Day with more than 45 other young people from different JUCONI Programs to spend time together while realizing educational workshops, integrated activities and sport sessions organized by the JUCONI team. In addition, 8 young men participated in the annual Provident Soccer Tournament and obtained the first place.

On October 16th the Chevez Color Run took place in the City of Mexico with 8 JUCONI youths among the participants. One of them even won the second place in the free category.

The annual Day of the Dead is renowned as one the most famous cultural events in Mexico where the complete Youth House group attended in the parade on November 2nd in the center of Puebla.

Every month, together with educators and operative collaborators the young men celebrate the birthdays of the month. Moreover, once a month all residents visit the cinema after agreeing on the selected movie in a community discussion. Another cultural event which takes place every month is a visit to a museum. In advance, youths have the opportunity to investigate and suggest a museum of their interest. But the most important event in their agenda plays the monthly reunion with their families. For JUCONI, it is essential to involve the families in the educative-therapeutic attention of their children not only to maintain this relation active but also to push forward a possible reintegration into their families after having graduated from JUCONI Program.

JUCONI´s innovative methodology to achieve long term results

As mentioned in our last report, all of these activities and services are integrated, addressing all aspects of human development and systemic, working in all contexts which influence healthy youth development so each sphere of action is mutually reinforcing. To achieve maximum impact and ensure positive changes in the youths, JUCONI has developed its own monitoring and evaluation system. This model includes more than 30 indicators within different categories such as emotional stability, social integration, education, work and health which are applied in different states of the therapeutic attention: an initial diagnosticto establish each youth´s starting points and an individual action plan responding to his specific needs, weekly joint identifications (by JUCONI´s educators and work team) of the individual goals to be achieved, a quarterly monitoring, and the six-monthly assessment by the youth and his facilitator on progress in key areas of interaction, among others.

This complex compound of methods not only facilitates JUCONIto identify good practice and guarantee sustainability of the work, but also forms the basis for the young men´s positive development.

This year, JUCONI´s Youth House residents have enjoyed many great moments and celebrated small and greater successes being on the right way to lead an independent life free of violence thanks to your confidence and generosity.

Help us to achieve our goal!

JUCONI has raised $22,704 USD through the GlobalGiving initiative so far. We are extremely grateful for all the support that you and others have provided in that effort. With the upcoming #GivingTuesday on November 29th and the Year-End Campaign we have set ourselves the high goal of reaching the total amount of our project by raising another $7,796 USD.

It is beyond question that this ambitious target can only be reached with the help of generous donors like you, so that we are cordially inviting YOU once again to help these 19 young men break the cycles of violence in their past and lead meaningful lives based on a successful development.

To learn more about the Youth House (Casa de Jóvenes) or any of JUCONI´s work to eliminate family violence in Mexico (and the world!), please contact proyectos@juconi.org.mx.

Once again, many thanks for all your support!

 

Sincerely,

The JUCONI team.

New bed-sets for the Youth House residents
New bed-sets for the Youth House residents
Color Run Chevez - JUCONI Youth
Color Run Chevez - JUCONI Youth
We are all winners - JUCONI Youth
We are all winners - JUCONI Youth
We are a good team - Tournament Provident
We are a good team - Tournament Provident
Proud to be the winner - Provident
Proud to be the winner - Provident
Aug 26, 2016

JUCONI making a world of difference: developing the foundations for change in young lives.

Youth House residents cooking together
Youth House residents cooking together

Why donate to JUCONI?

JUCONI has 27 years of experience providing intensive educative-therapeutic attention to street-involved children, young people and their families in Puebla, Mexico. Over this period, JUCONI has established a strong track record in providing direct services, unique in their long-term success rates, helping these extremely marginalized children and young people to break intergenerational cycles of violence and reintegrate into their homes and into society. Annually, 350 street-involved children, youths and their families in the city of Puebla and surrounding areas directly benefit from the JUCONI program.

What´s the difference and why is our approach so successful?

The key to the success of JUCONI’s methodology in achieving long term results is that our services are personalized for each young person who comes in contact with us and that this personalized attention is integrated into the day to day community life of the Youth House. Each of the 19 Youth House residents has his own individual action plan responding to his specific needs. This plan addresses all aspects of their development: cognitive, emotional, physical and social, taking into account the day to day context of their life as individuals, members of a family, a school and a community.

All interventions in JUCONI begin with a focus on the individual strengths of each young person (a strengths-based approach)

This approach seeks to understand and develop the strengths and capabilities that can transform the lives of young people. We see these strengths as the starting points for change for each young person as they slowly build the foundations for their own empowerment and independence. A traditional approach with young people like our Youth House residents and the communities they live in has been to focus on their negative behaviors, on the person as the problem. Working with residents of the Youth House, JUCONI focuses on their potential for resilience, essential for navigating the challenges which all young people face on the road to becoming an adult. JUCONI sees the possibilities for each young person and what they can achieve despite the problems that they have been experiencing. We look with the young person at what they can do, not what they can´t. We see these young people as “having potential”, not just being “at risk”. We recognize their ability to recover from adversity. We see opportunities, hope and solutions, rather than problems and helplessness.

Update: The story of Francisco

In our last report (May 2016), we shared the story of Francisco, a 21 year old recently-graduated Youth House resident who had just successfully completed his three-year training program in partnership with a renowned automotive company here in Puebla. Francisco was recently selected as one of the candidates on the training program to receive a permanent contract with the company. This is a huge personal success for Francisco and his family but also for the JUCONI community as a whole. We believe that the ability to change is within us, it is our own story, just as Francisco´s story is his own. It is with his own confidence that Francisco is, with your help, building his own future. Every day, here at JUCONI, we´re working with all the Youth House residents to do the same. Not all the young men will take the same professional path as Francisco, but the foundations of their individual transformations are identical. We hope to see them all on their own journeys to independence, self-sufficiency and overall a happy life.

Get Inspired!

JUCONI has raised $22,404 USD so far through the Global Giving initiative, with some donors now giving on a regular basis to us. We are extremely grateful for all the support that you and others have provided in that effort. With another $8,096 USD we will reach our total goal. You are receiving this report as you have already donated to JUCONI. We´re inviting you to get inspired by Francisco's story and match your previous donation to our project or to pass the project link on to others who may be interested in helping these young men break the cycles of violence in their past and go on to build a life of economic and emotional stability in their futures.

A financial investment in JUCONI returns a ten-fold benefit to society

With every $10 USD that you invest in the Youth House Program JUCONI’s social return on investment (SROI) is x10 (or $100). This has been independently verified by international consulting firm AT Kearney, who conducted an evaluation that measures JUCONI’s impact in the long-term.

To learn more about the Casa de Jovenes (JUCONI Youth House) or any of JUCONI´s work to eliminate family violence in Mexico (and the world!), please contact proyectos@juconi.org.mx.

 

Thanks for all your support!

 

Sincerely,

The JUCONI team.

Youths during a vocational workshop
Youths during a vocational workshop
Youth House residents help each other
Youth House residents help each other
Teamwork: JUCONI Street Soccer Event
Teamwork: JUCONI Street Soccer Event
Skilled young men during a handcraft workshop
Skilled young men during a handcraft workshop
Strategic thinking: youths playing chess
Strategic thinking: youths playing chess

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