There are over 12,000 youth offenders currently in Colombia. These are young men and women who have commited a felony before reaching the age of 18 and are sactioned for it. More than 50% of the crimes are homicides, and the remaining ones mainly to theft and traffic of illegal substances. Five out of ten offenders relapse within the first 12 months of freedom, causing a huge effect both socially and economically. Our goal is to work with 100 of them in the first year, 25 per quarter.
The rate of revidicism of youth offenders decreases 9 times, from 50% to 5-7%, when they work. Fundacion ROFE has designed an integral program that provides tools for them to gain experience and knowledge and increase the opportunities for employment or pursuing their own entrepreneurial projects, with follow up. This will also allow them to subsist in a dignified manner and project a new future for them, their families, and become a role model for other people in their communities.
Colombia has adhered to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and has established its agenda for 2030. This project aims to impact, in one year, the lives of 100 youth offenders, and indirectly their families and communities. Empowering these young men and women so they can subsist in a dignified manner will mean less poverty, less homicides, and less theft. This will, in the long term, contribute to the achievement of the country's SDG, and will have a positive impact socially and economically.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Institutional video of the foundation in Spanish