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Academic and social projects devised by members of Fundación Telefónica’s Youth Program are the seeds of social change in their communities
San Salvador, 11 June 2012.- “Agents of change”, that is what Fundación Telefónica's young people are becoming throughout Latin America, both in their community and in their own lives. These are the same young individuals who, not long ago, took part in Proniño, a program that seeks to eliminate child labour.
In El Salvador, specifically, young participants in the national and international meetings organized by Fundación Telefónica, rolled out initiatives in their communities, and social networks, which shows how they have embraced one of the key messages: they build their present and future, and they can contribute to social change.
The first step was the creation of Fundación Telefónica Young People's managing committee, lead by two participants in the national and international meetings. As these very participants highlighted, the fact of being able to interact with other cultures, to leave their situation at home, and understand that there is more to the world than meets the eye, has awoken their desire for social change and helping those close to them.
Social action is more intensive at an academic level.
David Quiteño is offering maths classes to students preparing for the exams that will allow them to earn their high school diploma. The same goes for Ever Ulises Morán, Gabriel Ernesto Estrada, Manuel de Jesús Figueroa, Quintanilla and Aníbal Oswaldo Maradiaga with students from different years in the Antonio J. Alfaro, Quebrada Española and Maria Auxiliadora educational centres.
Francis Odir Romero and Claudia Guadalupe, are teaching ten people how to read at different levels in their communities. They offer four-hour classes every Tuesday and Thursday. The project started in May and will run through November 2012.
“From Young people, for Young people” and Proniño
Marlos Eduardo Arbués takes active part in this cycle of workshops that started in February. “From Young people for Young people” aims to spread a message about life, human maturity, family and community in three of the most vulnerable areas in Sonsonate.
Alex Matamoros, together with other members of the young people's network, is planning the “Still Together” campaign; which will turn the focus on themselves as an example of unyielding spirit, interculturality, and social change. This project will be carried out at the Cuisnahuat community, San Lucas Educational Centre, where they earned their highshool diplomas.
Erick Vargas, Arcadia González, Rebeca Tino, Oswaldo García, Fredy Eulalio Hernández, Edwin Galindo, Héctor Guirola, Oscar Ruiz and Jorge Moisés are also other young people that devote some time to social action in educational centres and Proniño.
Without a doubt, the interaction process generated by the different young members of different communities and countries, who remain permanently in touch through the Internet, strengthens the actions envisaged by the members of Fundación Telefónica’s International Young People's Network. The significant impact that these activities have on their communities, helps these young people to build up more confidence and develop new tools to make a difference.