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The Project Leaders of Tomorrow (Líderes do Amanhã, in Portuguese) equips thirty promising teenagers from public schools of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with social tools that will enable them to strengthen their role as young leaders, successfully conduct the course of their own professional and personal trajectories and generate change in their communities through the implementation of Community Action Projects. These projecs will mainly embrace four of the most pressing issues faced by the young generation in Brazil; (i) teenage pregnancy, (ii)unequal access to higher education, (iii) fight against drugs, and (iv)religious, cultural, sexual and racial intolerance. As these issues are four of the greatest barriers to the successful completion of primary education in Brazil, through the Project Leaders of Tomorrow, the participants will be able to learn about their own power to bring about tangible and positive changes to these scenarios.
In January of 2013, the LDAs meet at the first-ever “Leadership for Tomorrow Conference”, event that takes place in Rio de Janeiro. Part of the conference will focus on building in these young leaders a solid leadership profile through sessions led by mentors and based on the best-seller “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens”. The mentors of the program – young college students with proved interest in bringing about change in their communities – will also support the participants throughout the whole envisioning, planning and executing of the four Community Action Projects that will ultimately impact at least over 500 teenagers in the city of Rio. In addition to it, participants engage in workshops, debates, exhibition of documentaries and a visit to a social organization.
Ultimately, the program provides a full leadership and social entrepreneurship training that will take the participants of the program to a greater understanding of the role they play as agents of change in their communities. As a result, the program gives a single opportunity to promising youngsters from underprivileged backgrounds to expand their horizons, partake of a unique network of young activists and contribute to the dissemination of values and lessons that are undoubtedly shared amongst those who will inevitably play the role of the great leaders of tomorrow.
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