Expanding Youth Engagement Programming
and Improvements to Cultural Center

Implementing partner:  Podcasts for Peace.

 Objective: Through  a  variety  of  workshops,  courses,  excursions,  and  other  healthy  activities,  Podcasts  for Peace  will  promote  gender  equity  and  economic  development.  The  organization will  also improve   the   infrastructure   of   the   cultural   center   where   Podcasts   for Peace   hosts   its programming.   The   Project   will   focus   on   three  groups   in   vulnerable   situations:   seniors   of Acahualinca, women, and at-risk youth. 

Beneficiaries: The  Project  will  directly  benefit  200  children,  youth,  adults,  and  seniors  who  are  residents of Acahualinca.  

Specific Objectives:

  1. Promote gender equity by engaging young men and women in gender-related workshops and groups.
  2. Develop economic self-sufficiency by engaging the elderly in occupational training.
  3. Improve the infrastructural capacities of the center, including improvements to the electrical system, re-making the floor, re-installing a kitchen and washroom, and acquiring work tables. 

 

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Implementing partner

Podcasts for Peace

Podcasts  for  Peace  is  located  in  the  neighbourhood  of  Acahualinca,  in Managua,  Nicaragua.  Podcasts  began  in 2011 in  collaboration  between  community  members  and  two  North  American  youth on  a  scholarship  program. With  the  support  of  Casa-Pueblito,  Podcasts  has  developed  and  implemented  various  community  projects, including creating speed bumps throughout the neighbourhood, family gardens, digital reflections, and educational activities with youth on climate change, gender, and information technologies.  

Podcasts for Peace offers various services to the community, including computer literacy, digital arts, and English, free  for  the  community.  The  center  offers  healthy  pass  times  for  youth,  including:  physical  education,  dance, theatre,  mural  making,  movie  nights,  reading  groups,  singing  classes,  music  classes,  craft  making,  and  art.  The center also offers an artisanal craft making course that teaches craft making and personal budgeting.  Through arts and education classes, Podcasts for Peace seeks to teach youth new skills to become leaders in their community. 


The Project

Expanding Youth Engagement Programming and Improvements to our Cultural Center

The  program  focuses  on  three  objectives,  with  particular  activities  related  to  each  theme,  and  targets  specific community members in Acahualinca.

Objective 1: Promote gender equity, prioritizing young girls and women and young at-risk men. 

1. Create  a  support group  for  pregnant  teenage  mothers  and women.  This  support group  will make  house visits  to  accompany  young mothers,  and  train mothers  in  themes  such  as  nutrition,  prenatal  education, and others.  

  • Through these groups, young mothers will support each other in skills and knowledge sharing.
  • Women will receive care packages on a monthly base.

2. Field trips and workshops with gender justice organizations.

  • Participate in a workshop with Guatemalan educator, activist, and rapper Rebeca Lane.
  • Camping trip with youth and children from the community.
  • Youth  will  participate  in  a  local  radio  show  hosted  by  Puntos  De  Encuentro,  a  feminist  NGO  in Nicaragua.
  • Visit  Colectivo  de  Mujeres  de  Matagalpa  to  participate  in  their  Theatre  of  the  Oppressed programming.  

3. Create a men’s support circle that promotes healthy masculinity and gender equity.

  • Attract young men to the group through healthy excursions, such as soccer games and paint ball.
  • Meetings   with   men   that   deconstruct   masculinity   and   that   promote   healthy   romantic relationships.
  • Consent based sexual education.  

4. Amplify and expand the community gym hosted at Podcasts for Peace.  

Objective 2: Develop economic self-sufficiency, prioritizing elderly community members and at-risk youth.


1. Construction  of  family  gardens:  Ten  members  of  the  community  will be  trained  by  students  from  the National Agrarian University in organic farming, and will promote community gardens in the community.  

2. Vocational seamstress courses with elderly community members as the educators, using recycled clothes.

Objective 3: Reparations to the community center.

1. Update the electrical system of the center
2. Re-make the floors in the center.
3. Recreate the bathrooms in the center.
4. Install a quality kitchen in the center that will be used for various activities.
5. Have at least three youth from the community apprentice during each one of the repairs in order for them to learn trades skills.
6. Acquire three multi use tables for the center. 


Our Partnership with Podcasts for Peace

Podcasts  for  Peace  has  been  supported  by  Casa-Pueblito  since  it’s  initiation  in  2011.  In  2012,  Casa-Pueblito supported digital arts in Acahualinca, as well as the construction of speed bumps in the community and field trips. In 2013 and 2014, Casa-Pueblito continued to support the production of digital arts reflections, as well as training in organic gardening, and gender equity workshops.

In 2016, Casa-Pueblito supported a project that implemented combination  of  programming  targeting  young  women,  men,  children,  and  seniors,  such  as  organic  gardens, seamstress  training, a young  men’s  group,  accompanying  young  mothers,  installing  a  gymnasium,  mural making, creating a park with recycled material, and installing a secure storage space.

Group Engagement

Delegations may visit Podcasts for Peace to hear about their programming and interact and play with youth at the center  through  various  fun  activities,  such  as  friendly  soccer  games, learning  artisanal  craft  making,  art  activities with youth, games with children, and talks on gender and masculinity.

A visit to Podcasts for Peace will provide a unique  and  engaging  learning  experience  where  students  will  interact  with  Nicaraguan  youth  who  come  from difficult  life  experiences  in  a  safe  environment.  This  center  provides  a  perfect  opportunity  to  question  pre-conceived   stereotypes   of   poverty   and "ghettos",   and  will   allow   delegations   to   get   to   know   a   historically marginalized area in Nicaragua.