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 prevention of violence is a fundamental part of our work with adolescents and young people and the concentration in secondary schools, with the objective that the kids build healthier relationships. Through workshops, we seek that the kids reflect on the violent and non-violent and logical behaviors.

We work in secondary schools near Pro Niños and we serve an average of 170 students in different sessions. The work stage of the street is responsible for developing these workshops and it is sought to expand these activities in other areas of the CDMX.

We also began the year with the opening of workshops for parents and caregivers, with the aim of developing parenting skills, which allow them to stimulate and potentiate communication mechanisms with all family members, as well as to generate safe environments for coexistence.

The prompt and adequate attention to the problem of addictions is a priority for the educators of Pro Niños. This year they will take a diploma to learn various mechanisms of prevention in the use, abuse and dependence of substances. Another of the programmed courses is the prevention and attention of family violence, a delicate situation that educators of all programs face.

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Gutierrez Family
Gutierrez Family

Veronica is the mother of three children: Eduardo, 14 y/o, Luis, 13, and Hugo, 11. Like many mothers, she has to divide her time between work, home, and family. Vero, as her friends from the clothes stand where she works call her, shares one of the most difficult tests she has had to face: separating herself from her children and seeing them in a street situation with their father. These were difficult times for the Gutierrez family, but against all adversity they managed to get ahead.

 

Vero tells us how one of the educators approached her children to invite them to Pro Niños. Here, the Gutierrez family received counseling from the Family Assistance Program (PAF), and little by little their family relationship improved. “Well, I have indeed noticed a change. Before, my family was in disarray, and today I perceive it differently. My children have been taught habits they did not have; sometimes, as a parent, one lets things pass. Now, I am realizing there is a very big change in them and in me. Entering the Parenting Skills workshop, taught me how to better relate to them. I learned how I ought to approach them, especially Eduardo, the eldest, who is already an adolescent. Today I feel better and closer to my children. "

 

Today, each member of the family is clearer about their goals. Luis wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up, and at night he dreams of becoming a shark. For Hugo, the goal of being a footballer in his favorite team persists, so he continues to play in the evenings with his school friends. Finally, Vero is determined to recover the house she lost, in order to give a better life to her children.

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For Roberto, the word "survival" recalls a difficult stage in his story. At age 16, he encountered the struggle with addiction issues amidst the harshness of the street environment, and “survive” was the only thing he could do for a long time. Despite the adversities of those days, he made one of the most important decisions in his life: to leave the street.

 

His first home was an assistance house, where he had food and shelter, but after a while he realized that this was not enough; that he had to go one step further, and thus, with help from the caretakers of that house, he approached Fundación Pro Niños.

 

After a first contact stage, Roberto established a stronger link with the Foundation and received the invitation to join our residential program "House of Transition to Independent Living" (CTVI), a space where adolescents and young adults, with support from trained educators, prepare themselves for an autonomous life.

 

Today, at age 21, on the one hand Roberto feels more sure of himself, and on the other, he feels he is part of a family. He has managed to overcome his addictions, control his emotions and improve communication with the people around him. He resumed his high school studies and has managed to secure a formal job.

 

Roberto's plan for the future is to study law and become a lawyer. He tells us that he thinks that would be the best way to help others who, like himself, look for an opportunity to get ahead. The message he sends to other youngsters in a vulnerable situation is: "You can definitely leave the street if you are determined to."

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Thank you all
Thank you all

Last July, the Pro Niños Summer Course 2018 was held in a festive atmosphere of respect and reflection. Together with girls, boys, adolescents and youths from the program From Street to Hope and from the Family Assistance Program (FAP), we celebrated yet another cycle of team work around the rights of children, violence prevention and a healthy diet.

Through games and recreational activities, the youngest children managed to bring out the artist in them, learning about the importance of teamwork and assertive communication in the process. Every single activity was accompanied by a reflection on their rights and how to exercise them.

For the youths and adolescents of the FAP, we had a course aimed at strengthening the social skills that will enable them to relate and talk to others constructively; identify different possible solutions to a problem; and control their emotions when facing a potential conflict in order to solve it without stress or anger. Each youngster could avail themselves of a photographic camera while visiting different museums in Mexico City and touring their own neighborhood, so they could capture special moments, imprinting their personal seal upon them.

Thus, on Friday the 27th of July, our summer course came to a close with a photographic exhibit showcasing the work of these youngsters, who in turn enjoyed the opportunity to get together in a space where they recognize themselves as valuable individuals who deserve to be heard and treated with respect and affection, leading to access to better opportunities that allow for the building of a life project away from the street, with healthier family, school and social environments.

The only thing remaining for us to do now is to thank heartily all the people who made this summer course possible: educators, volunteers, administrative staff, and—most specially—all the youngsters who decided to attend. To all of them: MANY THANKS!

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Students working for the prevention of violence
Students working for the prevention of violence

Last June 7th, the “Violence prevention" Rally was held at the "Pedro Díaz” Technical High School No. 16., as part of the closing of the "Skills for life" workshops offered by the Pro Niños Foundation.

 

Street Work educators joined efforts with the Educational Training and Innovation Coordination, to carry out activities aimed at promoting the development of protective factors in the students. The central theme of the rally was How can we prevent and identify violent actions? and What can be done to solve them?

 

21 students participated at five work stations, reflecting on violence and its impact on young people. As a team, the youngsters built the “violencemeter", an instrument to quantify the different levels of violence they experience in their environment. At the end, a “Wall of nonviolence” was created, in which everyone wrote or drew a personal reflection.

 

With this rally we created a space for reflection inside the classrooms, that enables youngsters to identify on their own those situations—whether in the school, family or community life—that place them at risk of drug use, violence, school desertion and taking to the street.

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