Gente Joven por un Cambio (Young People for a Change) offers a unique development program that focuses on the young people of Mexico. It was designed with the belief that generational change happens one young mind at a time. GJC works with local community youth to help them build their confidence, courage and intellect so they can improve their lives and the lives of the people around them. This will naturally lead to important social change and make these young people better leaders and citizens today and in the Mexico of tomorrow.
We begin by selecting public elementary, middle and high schools in San Jose Del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas and La Paz in Baja California Sur. We visit each school and invite them to join our team.
We select dedicated individuals, all of whom possess the potential and capacity to best manage the group and produce the highest level of leadership. These volunteers are then given thorough training that provides them with all the tools to create incredible Saturday sessions. They then become the Coach that will be in charge for the remainder for the school year.
The first 4 months of the school year are spent getting to know each other and in developing a true team. The coach designs fun and dynamic exercises and games to engage the youth and teach them our core values.This results in a safe environment and a feeling of belonging for each youth.
Next, the coaches begin to guide the young participants into developing their social change project. First, the teams choose a social issue that they would like to address. Once they choose a topic, they identify a root cause. Once identified, they take a look at the different effects this issue has on their community. Finally, they create a clear action plan to bring about change.
With teen pregnancy on the rise, the youth of San Jose decided to do something about it and thus created their own campaign raising awareness among their peers.
In recognition of our senior citizens, GJC’s Agents of Change decided to create a one of a kind fair that involved dancing, singing, health checks and lots of love.
In order to create an impact and raise awareness, over 300 youths united and marched against bullying in downtown San Jose.