Life skills in adolescents to face violence

by Fundacion Pro Ninos de la Calle,I.A.P.
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence
Life skills in adolescents to face violence

The Gutiérrez family is a single parent family made up of Mrs. Carolina and her six sons and daughters. She is originally from the neighborhood of Chamapa, Municipality of Naucalpan in the State of Mexico and has been cared for by the Family Care Program (PAF) since May 2018.

At first, the accompaniment focused on the eldest son who had addiction problems; An accompaniment job was done with him and later he joined the school system. During this process, we worked with Mrs. Carolina on the empowerment of parental functions in order to assertively accompany their sons and daughters.

Over time and with the different changes in the family nucleus, Mrs. Carolina has shown greater willingness to continue strengthening her parenting skills.

Mrs. Carolina refers to being happy and wishes that her children could finish with a technical career or a bachelor's degree.

In the family dynamics, an atmosphere of respect and cooperation is perceived, and this has been achieved by the participation of all its members to achieve their objectives throughout these years.

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From the Family Assistance Program, educational content and follow-up at home were implemented. Each family implemented, together with their reference educator, measures of self-care and prevention of contagion, as well as a personalized plan for monitoring at a distance, by phone or through virtual platforms. According to the report "Protection of children from violence during COVID-19" by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), the rates of violence against women, girls and boys in Mexico increased significantly during the quarantine . For this reason, our strategy to influence this issue was to provide medical and psychological care, and provide support through workshops for the development of parenting skills and violence prevention. In this way, we attended a total of 77 people during the confinement. 199 Supports for food health. 802 sessions of school accompaniment. In 2020 we had: 1799 psychoeducational care.
In the workshops for parents or caregivers we had an attendance of 10 people, while in the workshop for boys and girls we had a total of 12 attendees, in this way we achieved that each member had tools for their physical and emotional safety within their home. Another action was also the support and school accompaniment, where we achieved the school permanence of 80% of the children and adolescents attended. During the accompaniment, care was also provided for children and adolescents with intellectual and / or psychosocial disabilities.
“As the days, weeks and months passed, the foundation continued to work remotely, this was a way of working to which it was difficult for me to adapt since I consider that our work is based on direct contact with people; So doing the interventions with remote people was a bit frustrating and complicated for me. However, I was motivated to know that despite adversity, we should continue working for people, since the pandemic represented a factor that increased the inequality in which they lived. " Street Work Educator.

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I came to Pro Niños through educator David who works in Street Work. I felt that I already needed help, I felt alone and did not know what to do. So I decided to take this accompaniment so that I could feel better.

I have learned many things and have acquired skills to face conflicts, resolve doubts, solve problems among other things. I learned to be very assertive, to be very clear and direct with myself, and with my colleagues.

The House of Transition to Independent Living (CTVI) has helped me promote new learning. Before the confinement by Covid - 19, I really liked going out to play soccer, it is my favorite sport. Sandra, our coordinator of the House of Transition to Independent Living (CTVI), told me that, if I loved sports so much, why couldn't I learn from it?

We had contact with the Fundación Educa Deporte A.C. and I signed up for classes as a "soccer coach." I took my exams, activities, homework and successfully completed the courses, I was able to receive my official certificate.

I am very grateful for all the people who work in this project that is Fundación Pro Niños and I also thank the donors who have trusted in this family. Many things are taken advantage of by contributing a grain of sand to each person. Despite the pandemic, we do not stop, we continue to advance and we are learning new things.

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In recent times, Fundación Pro Niños has generated strategies that increase the protective factors of children and teenagers at risk, thereby reducing their risk of connecting with street life practices that harm them and become an obstacle for their right to a decent life. .

One of these strategies was to generate workshops to reduce violence in school spaces at secondary school level. During the workshops, it was possible to detect that more than 70% of the teenagers recognize that their acts are violent; however, they do not consider it feasible to modify their behaviors since this would leave them in conditions of vulnerability to their environment.

We decided to pause the work in schools to strengthen the analysis and a methodology that allow a significant impact on the collective construction of a culture of peace. For this reason, during this year we only gave the workshop “The relationship between emotions with the use of violence” in high school #270, Celestino Gorostiza.

We cover topics such as:

  • Joy, its utility and risk.
  • Anger, its utility and risk.
  • Fear, its utility and risk.
  • Sadness, its usefulness and risk.
  • How can I regulate my emotion?

The objective of this workshop was to develop and strengthen cognitive skills by facilitating problem solving and decision making in the social environment.

With this 17-session workshop, we were able to sensitize 63 students about violence, to recognize that it is learned and that it is possible to modify behaviors related to it.

We also manage to establish safer and more favorable interactions between students through the application of various emotional regulation techniques.

“ we addressed the issue of violence prevention through workshops that favored the development of life skills as a fundamental basis for prevention. The participation of the students was very valuable. We create development and evaluation framing strategies to determine the level of knowledge about the topics that were developed in the workshop. At the beginning, it was detected that violence was exerted between peers in the same classroom and even towards the speakers; at the end of the workshop this behavior was reduced.

The participation of the school authorities was essential for the development of the workshops. They recognize that working together is the most important factor to reduce the rates of violence experienced by students in the different areas in which they develop.

 

The experience of preventive work with secondary school students is necessary to identify and reduce violent practices and to be able to strengthen those skills that allow them to have healthier and safer interactions. "

David, TC educator

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The current pandemic has become a fact of historical proportions, not only for Mexico, but for the whole world. One of its most serious impacts is the one it has on the lives of children and adolescents in conditions of vulnerability, and specifically on their access to and permanence in school, which can seriously affect their development and limit their opportunities in adult life. Our mission is to provide our beneficiaries with the necessary resources to access the educational services available in the “new normal". 

 

Our interventions will be based on supporting children and adolescents in their carrying out of school procedures and paperwork, as well as in their school tasks, through coaching sessions and distance learning support groups on the one hand—and through promoting in them the development of skills and competencies that enhance learning, school performance and personal development on the other. Financial support and materials necessary to carry out these activities will be provided, as well as training and technological equipment for distance education.

 

One of the main educational challenges that Mexico faces today is social-educational inequalities. The CONEVAL (National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy) has warned that half of the population does not have the conditions necessary to access education in quarantine and post-quarantine scenarios. And on the other hand, the unemployment generated by the quarantine has caused parents or guardians who participate in Pro Niños programs not to have the economic means to provide the necessary tools and materials for their children to continue with their school education. 

 

The main factors that hinder access to the right to education for the children and adolescents served by Pro Niños are: a distance learning situation; the absence of technological resources in their homes; and the lack of economic resources for school supplies, food or the creation of an adequate space in which to take classes. This has led us to double our interventions for education for the 2020-2021 school term. 

 

 

At Fundación Pro Niños we want to guarantee the right to education of children and adolescents in vulnerable conditions through creating opportunities for them to have a quality education; strengthening their cognitive, social and emotional skills; and providing them with educational support, school supplies, didactic material, computer training in computers and school platforms, remedial courses, and technological equipment.

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