By Elisa Villamea - Assistant of Fundraising and Partnerships
Vaga Lume's Youth Council education mobilization
Reactivated at the end of 2018, the Youth Council of Vaga Lume is composed of 8 former participants of the Net Program who decided to form a group of young volunteers willing to help in the Program's activities and in others Vaga Lume events after acquiring the lessons provided by intercultural exchange. The Council's return in 2019 came in full swing: the volunteers were present at institutional events and were able to share their experiences with cultural exchange in spaces such as the 9th Congress and even the Annual Net Camp.
This year, the Council has been even more active and has participated in several fronts of the organization. On their own initiative the group of young volunteers started to participate in our social media with two posts per month. In addition, during quarantine, the Council is developing activities that keep the teenagers of Net Program engaged with cultural activities, books and reading. In July, the challenge proposed for teenagers was to recite poetry and contribute to a joint work that resulted in a recitation library shared between the participants. Finally, the Council is also mobilizing politically in favor of maintaining and developing public and quality education in Brazil, which is constantly under attack and risk.
With the involvement of former participants in the planning and implementation of Vaga Lume actions aimed at cultural exchange, it is possible to obtain a more accurate dimension of the medium and long term impacts of the Net Program on teenagers, in addition to facilitating constant improvement and reinvention of the actions proposed by the Program. Thus, the impact of the program on youth empowerment is evident. By being able to count on the participation of these young people in institutional events and actions, doors are opening for the generation of autonomy and of their own and even greater social engagement by the ex-participants of the Program.
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