With young people representing over half of El Salvador’s population, youth plays an important role in shaping the future of their communities and society. ConectArte youth programme acts to provide youth with the necessary tools to rebuild and strengthen their self-esteem, helping them positively affect their futures.
The project aims to do so in four ways:
1)Equip youth with skills to develop life plans which include further education and/or job training and placement.
2)Promote youth empowerment and participation in the construction of healthy communities through the revitalization of public spaces and their transformation into spaces for community coexistence.
3)Contribute towards the creation of a better country image at the international level.
4)Strengthen capacity building of institutions and local artists to use street art as a medium for positive change in society.
ConectArte targets youth between 18 and 26 years of age, who graduated from high school, but did not continue with higher education studies and are unable to find a job, live in precarious urban neighborhoods and therefore are affected by high levels of violence, poverty and the stigma associated with their communities.
To initiate and launch the project, an inaugural workshop was held from April 25th to 29th, in collaboration with the Municipality of San Salvador and La Casa Tomada.The workshop included the participation of six highly regarded international artists – Ethos and Sergio (Brazil), MRtoll and Vexta (Australia), Lunar New Year (Ecuador) and Paola Delfin (Mexico)
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