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.
- Promote gender equity by engaging young men and women in gender-related workshops and groups.
- Develop economic self-sufficiency by engaging the elderly in occupational training.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.