Instituto Terroá: Solidarity Economy Workshop and Young Change-Makers Program among Terroá’s Activities in March 2018

Instituto Terroá: Solidarity Economy Workshop and Young Change-Makers Program among Terroá’s Activities in March 2018

Terroá is working on two particularly impactful projects in March 2018. First, it welcomes interested individuals and organizations to a Solidarity Economy Workshop taking place every week from 19 March onwards in the municipality of Ribeirão Preto, in the state of São Paulo. Second, Terroá’s facilitators have further developed the capacity-building program focused on children and teenagers who live in an apartment complex of the government-backed social housing scheme “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (my house, my life) in Sertãozinho, São Paulo.

The Solidarity Economy Workshop results from a joint initiative by Terroá and other partner organizations who have managed, since 2014, a local forum for Solidarity Economy in Ribeirão Preto. Through networking and knowledge diffusion initiatives, the forum has offered incubation, training and advisory services to individuals and organizations whose entrepreneurial activities rest on the principles of solidarity economy. Taking place once a week for three months, the workshop will cover five topics, agreed upon during a preparatory meeting held on 5 March: a) principles of solidarity economy; b) managing social enterprises; c) managing finances in a social enterprise; d) territorial development; and e) legislation. Registrations closed on 13 March, and a group of thirty participants is going to attend the workshop’s weekly meetings.

Since September 2017 our facilitators have worked with beneficiaries of a government-backed social housing program in the municipality of Sertãozinho, located near Ribeirão Preto and some 350 km away from the state capital São Paulo. The activities developed in the apartment complex “Geraldo Honório” aim to provide that community with knowledge and skills that will help them earn a decent living and fully exercise their rights as citizens. In the last weeks, Terroá has conducted a special program with children and teenagers from 9 to 18 years old, the Young Change-Makers Program, whereby 15 participants have learned more about key issues such as human values and social justice, political institutions and democracy, sustainable development and solidarity economy. In doing so, they also feel motivated to come up with their own ideas and volunteering projects to improve their community, which they then implement and evaluate under supervision of our facilitators.


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