YouthBuild International (YBI) has worked in Mexico since 2004, adapting the YouthBuild model to the Mexico context, and leading to the development of YouthBuild International Mexico (YBIM). In 2012, YBI launched the Jovenes con Rumbo Initiative in Mexico City, an employment and education program including a leadership and violence prevention approach that has served more than 9000 at-risk youth over the last four years. Over this period, the YouthBuild program in Mexico has expanded into more communities in Mexico and engaged in partnerships with several stakeholders, local NGOs and specifically with its three implementing partners (Jóvenes Constructores de la Comunidad, A.C. (JCC ) – active in Tijuana, Baja California and Mexico City; Servicios a la Juventud, A.C. (SERAJ) – active in Monterrey, Nuevo León and the metropolitan zone of Mexico City; and Fundación Alborada, A.C. - active in the communities of Mérida, Yucatán) who each work with YBIM in the different regions of Mexico.
With funding from the Prudential Foundation, Boeing and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), among others, YBI is currently implementing three different programs in Mexico:
- The Jóvenes con Rumbo (JcR) Initiative: This program provides employment and education opportunities for youth (ages 15-25) living in areas impacted by violence. The JcR program works with youth who are at-risk of abandoning school and youth in conflict with the law. The program has reached over 8,000 youth in six communities in Tijuana and Monterrey between 2013 and 2015. Today, the program is being implemented in twelve communities in Mexico, with the most recent expansions occurring in the metropolitan zone of Mexico City and in Mérida, Yucatán.
- Second chance high school program: A public policy initiative to create an alternative high school for youth (ages 18-29) who have abandoned school and require an education model that is relevant for their lives and work opportunities.
- Public/Private partnerships for youth livelihoods in Mexico: YBI helps companies to implement their social responsibility strategies in an effective and meaningful way, by engaging employees in activities to support at-risk youth and creating valuable job and internship opportunities for YBI graduates.
YBI Mexico also provides technical assistance to the government and other civil society organizations on issues related to youth, violence prevention, employment and leadership.
For more information and updates about YouthBuild International Mexico:
Jovenes con Rumbo - Website.
YBI Mexico - Facebook.