YOUTH CIRCLE

Enabling discussion around adolescent pregnancy, discrimination and self-confidence.

 

Over the course of fifteen weekends, we work with 40 young people, facilitating discussions, presentations and debates, exploring strategies, solutions and skills that bolster their individual resilience in relation to issues of adolescent pregnancy, discrimination and a lack of self-confidence.

Summary:

  • Status: Current
  • Date: April 2018 - present
  • Target population: 40 young people aged between 15-16 years old
  • Location: Ccorca, Peru

Objectives:

  • Young people develop core life-skills.

 

Background:

With the aim of designing a project that supports young people in strengthening their confidence and beginning to think about their future paths, we carried out a research process that involved the participants from the Transitions Project in helping to identify the key barriers which obstruct them from pursuing further education and formal employment. The young people presented three core barriers: adolescent pregnancy, discrimination and a lack of self-confidence. 
 

Why it is important:

Adolescent Pregnancy: Despite a prohibition against the use of power to engage in sexual activity with a minor under 18, there is still very high incidence of adolescent pregnancy in Peru, with the majority of fathers being adults from the young women’s home community. One in four girls aged 15-19 years old, from rural areas of Peru are mothers, or have become pregnant at some point (ENDES, 2017). Coupled with a strong ‘machismo’ culture and a high prevalence of single mothers, adolescent pregnancy represents one of the most pressing threats to young women’s continuing education.

Discrimination: According to a recent survey by the Ministry of Culture, 40% of people in the mountain and jungle regions of Peru report to have suffered discrimination in the last year. In the same survey, 38% of people from rural areas believe that their children should not continue to practice family customs in order to avoid discrimination. In addition to encountering discriminatory attitudes, indigenous people face structural racism, which is illustrated by a Universidad del Pacífico (2011) report that found that on average, indigenous Peruvians earn 53% less than non-indigenous Peruvians.

Self-Confidence: Growing up in rural communities puts children from Ccorca at a disadvantage and at risk of being subjected to discrimination. Equally, in many cases family life comes with a high degree of domestic violence, often stemming from alcohol abuse. This environment often leads young people to develop low-self esteem that in turn impacts several aspects of their life including; their academic performance, communication with their parents and in forming relationships with their peers.
 

What we are doing:

During the last ten years, Amantani has pioneered ‘The Circle’ strategy, through which young people in our Boarding Houses come together to discuss issues that affect them. Based on this strategy and inspired by the issues identified by the young people, we have developed the Youth Circle project.

Over the course of fifteen weekends, we will work with 40 young people, facilitating discussions, presentations and debates, exploring strategies, solutions and skills that bolster their individual resilience in relation to these issues.

The project is divided into the following main areas:

Personal Development: Young people will take part in over 65 hours of workshops where they will discuss themes previously identified by them including sexuality, cultural identity and self-esteem.
Skill-building Workshops: Young professionals will provide inductions into a variety of trades including housekeeping, hairdressing, cooking and electrical courses.
Academic Support: Alongside tutors, young people will receive 15 hours of academic support, focusing on maths and literacy courses with the hopes of improving their overall academic attainment.

 The young people form a circle for an early morning game.

The young people form a circle for an early morning game.

 The young people close their eyes and listen into a story about fear.

The young people close their eyes and listen into a story about fear.