Since 2006, the project offers 50 young people alternative and enriching activities out of school hours to prevent their involvement with gang culture present in the low income communities (favelas) of Rio de Janeiro.
Like most low income communities in Rio de Janeiro, Julio Otoni is heavily exposed to criminal gangs, drugs and guns. Due in part to the lack of alternatives in the community,it is not at all unusual for children as young as 12 to become involved with gang culture. The project engages these young people in activities such as Computing, English, Capoeira, Dance and Arts when they are not at school. We are always in need of help and of volunteers to support the project activities.