RYF bids on public and private tenders/grants that focus on youth violence and crime in the United States and other parts of the Americas.
It is also proactive with its own initiatives, which are not dependent on outside program funding. Currently, RYF and its partners are promoting the following program in this area.
Program on preventing of youth social exclusion and violence in the Americas using as vector of change the practice of arts and sports
The program is focused on strengthening children and youth life skills using the practice of arts and sports as a vector of change, and in building resilience to mitigate risks that lead to youth social exclusion and violence.
Strengthening resilience to risk factors is focused on the following themes:
- Supporting primary and secondary school teachers in neighborhoods with high rates of social unrest and violence via training and capacity building to successfully work with students that have difficulties adapting to class and group work and connecting them when possible to the arts and sports programs already identified to enhance their self-esteem, teamwork and concentration among other live skills.
- Support ongoing programs at schools, Community-Based Organizations and other organizations that provide teen counseling (for teens and family members) in difficult neighborhoods, guiding their education and work goals / expectations and connecting them to viable paths to achieve them. Work to enhance where possible their skills of investing their time and efforts in identifying identifying mid and long-term personal achievements and goals, using the arts and sports programs already identified.
- Support ongoing programs to address threats to peaceful coexistence and reduce their causes through mediation and conciliation mechanisms within the school, neighborhood, family and beyond. And using when possible the identified arts and sports programs to strengthen capabilities of planning and working for collective goals.
- Support ongoing programs to collect, systemize, analyze and make data available on youth violence and crime, organized both thematically and geographically. To help this and other violence-prevention related programs to present measurable results.
The program is structured around three axes of intervention, coordinated by RYF that areand implemented by associated partners in benefit of the beneficiary cities,.
Axes of intervention
- Identification, in partnership with the administration of the beneficiary city, of associations and programs to collaborate on the themes mentioned above in three agreed neighborhoods of the beneficiary city.
- Promote benchmarking opportunities with those engaged on the above-listed issues, including public, private and academic stakeholders.
- Prepare and promote projects to implement best practices identified in the second axis.
The core of this program and its three axes is to connect expertise at the national and international level to support the local programs and partners in the identified areas of intervention.
Beneficiary Cities for the prevention of youth social exclusion and violence in the Americas using as vector of change the practice of art and sports – are those that have partnered with RYF to enhance the scope of both the supply and demand of sports and arts programs, and their associated life skills, in specific neighborhoods in the respective cities. Beneficiary cities assign technical working groups to partner with RYF to address the risk factors and themes listed above.
Cities: San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Corregidora, Bogotá and Medellín.
RYF is currently identifying local partners in El Salvador, Honduras and Colombia with proven experience in the promotion of different arts and sports and in the four risk areas identified for their inclusion as Associated partners.
The goal is to encourage the identified organizations to prepare working papers presenting their experience in the related field, propose implementation strategies and to offer expected results.
These papers will be placed on the RYF website and presented in small conferences to be carried out in San Salvador, Tegucigalpa and Medellin.
The papers will be used later by RYF to prepare and promote concrete proposals for the support of those organizations in alliance with other partners in the agreed neighborhoods with the beneficiary cities.