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AMERICA'S JUVENILE VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE FUND FONDO RECUERDA


AMERICA'S JUVENILE VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE FUND — FONDO RECUERDA “Do you know who you are? You're a marvel. You are unique. All over the world there is no other exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Look at your body: how wonderful! Your legs, your arms, your fingers, the way you walk and move.... Maybe you'll become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, or a Beethoven. You have the ability to do anything. Yeah, you're a wonder. And when you grow up, will you be able to do any harm to another who, like you, is a wonder? No. We must love one another. You must work —we must all work— to make this world a place worthy of its children".

(Pau Casals, 1876-1973)

Administrative headquarters: Washington, D.C., USA Operational headquarters: Bogota, Colombia

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Contents FONDO RECUERDA ........................................................................................................................ 4 THE HYPOTHESES WE BUILD UPON .............................................................................................. 5 STRATEGY TO MAKE THE HYPOTHESES RELEVANT AND REAL ...................................................... 5 5 AREAS OF RISK / 5 AREAS OF INTERVENTION ............................................................................ 5 FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE......................................................................................................... 6 THE METHOD: ACTORS AND ROLES ............................................................................................ 10 THREE KEY ACTORS: .................................................................................................................... 10 OUR ACTIVITIES IN 2017.............................................................................................................. 12 OUR PLANS FOR 2018 ................................................................................................................. 14 FURTHER INFORMATION............................................................................................................. 14

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FONDO RECUERDA The America's Juvenile Violence Prevention and Access to Justice

Fund — FONDO RECUERDA is a non-profit entity whose activity is aimed at strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of urbanbased programs throughout the Americas—from Alaska to Patagonia. BENEFICIARIES By 2018, the activities of FONDO RECUERDA will be implemented in the cities of Bogota and Medellin (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Corregidora (Mexico), and Tegucigalpa (Honduras).

ORIGINS FONDO RECUERDA was created in 2013 as an initiative of Colombian

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ideaborn Foundation to offer a solid public-private partnership (PPP) to prevent children and youth in vulnerable urban neighborhoods from entering a spiral of violence and crime that would affect their lives forever. In 2017, an important step was taken when the Fund was registered as a non-profit entity (501c) in Washington, D.C., under the name "America's Juvenile Violence Prevention and Access to Justice Fund – FONDO RECUERDA". This is a further step to enable the steadily consolidation of the Fund, which shall provide sustainability for measuring and improving the local impact of Federal, State, Municipal and Civil Society violence prevention programs.

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THE HYPOTHESES WE BUILD UPON THREE HYPOTHESES are at the basis of this initiative. Since they do not hold in every context or situation, the Fund works to make them more relevant each day. These three hypotheses represent the path to a successful youth violence and crime prevention system. FIRST HYPOTHESIS

SECOND HYPOTHESIS

THIRD HYPOTHESIS

Higher levels of participation of children and young people in the practice of arts and sports

An increase in the ability to concentrate and work in a team -as well as the increase in self-esteem and will power-

A reduction in the levels of school truancy and abandonment of professional training programs

drive higher levels of concentration, teamwork, selfesteem and willpower.

reduces the levels of school truancy and abandonment of professional training programs.

lowers the risk that children and young people in situation of vulnerability will choose delinquency as a way of life.

STRATEGY TO MAKE THE HYPOTHESES RELEVANT AND REAL AREAS OF RISK / 5 AREAS OF INTERVENTION We have identified FIVE MAJOR AREAS of RISK that may affect the validity of these hypotheses and may make their fulfillment difficult to accomplish in marginalized neighborhoods. To ensure that these factors do not become obstacles, they should be tackled through FIVE corresponding AREAS OF INTERVENTION in order to reduce them, as follows:

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Tackling risks to the first hypothesis I. Provide a variety of arts programs and facilitate access to them; II. Provide a variety of sports programs and facilitate access to them. Tackling risks to the second hypothesis

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III. Provide support to teachers and school staff to identify and coach children with integration difficulties; IV. Provide information and encouragement to primary and high school students on further education possibilities and work options. Tackling risks to the third hypothesis V. Support data collection and analysis on juvenile violence and crime; support education measures (among them arts and sports) addressed to children in conflict with the law.

FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE Each beneficiary Municipality should select three neighborhoods in which to implement the Fund’s strategy, to be able to identify and measure issues and impact. FONDO RECUERDA establishes and follows THREE GUIDING

AXES for its interventions, which are then applied flexibly according to each different context: Axis 1 —EVALUATION of IMPACT of the arts and sports programs chosen in each of the three neighborhoods identified for the intervention. This baseline analysis results in recommendation and provides guidelines for future activities. Axis 2 — TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE to strengthen the portfolio of projects. This aims at supporting both the arts and sports activities evaluated in the baseline analysis, which may be integrated with new ones, as well as existing local activities that may have a direct impact on the reduction of risks. This is carried out within existing budgets to ensure project feasibility and completion.

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Axis 3 — Promotion of EXPERIENCE SHARING among public servants and civil society activists that work in the five areas of intervention in each of the beneficiary cities.

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HYPOTHESES

AREAS

RISKS FOR VALIDITY

FONDO RECUERDA’s EFFORTS TO AVERT THESE RISKS 

FIRST HYPOTHESIS HIGHER LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE PRACTICE OF ARTS AND SPORTS DRIVE HIGHER LEVELS OF CONCENTRATION, TEAMWORK, SELF-ESTEEM AND WILLPOWER.

I. Lack of a varied offer of

ARTS & SPORTS

programs aimed at stimulating the simple pleasure of the arts, and of actions to make them known and promote their practice.

II. Absence of a varied offer

of sports activities. 

Evaluate the actual impact of arts and sports activities on the acquisition of life skills in three neighborhoods in each of the beneficiary cities; Training on how to measure impact of activities; Training on how to plan, manage, and promote access to arts and sports programs; Provide national and foreign expertise to improve the quality of the existing offer of arts and sports activities; Broaden, whenever possible, the variety of arts and sports activities offered in the three neighborhoods of intervention; Share best practices among public servants and Civil Society activists at local, regional and international level.

EXPECTED RESULTS

IMPROVEMENTS IN THE LEVELS OF CONCENTRATION, TEAMWORK, SELF-ESTEEM AND WILLPOWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN MARGINALIZED AREAS IN CITIES THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS —FROM ALASKA TO PATAGONIA.

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HYPOTHESES

AREAS

RISKS FOR VALIDITY

FONDO RECUERDA’s EFFORTS TO AVERT THESE RISKS

III. Absence of steady

SECOND HYPOTHESIS AN INCREASE IN THE ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE AND WORK IN A TEAM, AS WELL AS THE INCREASE IN SELF-ESTEEM AND WILL POWER, REDUCES THE LEVELS OF SCHOOL TRUANCY AND ABANDONMENT OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

TEACHER SUPPORT & STUDENT COUNSELING

assistance to teachers to enable them to identify and support children with hardships through social integration and learning.

IV. Lack of information, in some marginalized neighborhoods, about further education opportunities and/or job offers in the formal sector of the economy.

Bring national and international expertise to plan and implement programs geared at increasing visibility and support to primary and secondary school teachers working in difficult neighborhoods, mainly and foremost in the three neighborhoods chosen in each beneficiary city; Motivate teachers to follow up on students’ life skills abilities and not only on school grades; Consolidate or establish links between schools and state and non-state actors to bridge the gap between the end of school and further studies or work opportunities.

EXPECTED RESULTS

REDUCTION OF SCHOOL ABANDONMENT; BRIDGE THE GAP WITH FURTHER EDUCATION OR WORK / INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ONCE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE COMPULSORY SCHOOL PHASE.

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HYPOTHESES

AREAS

RISKS FOR VALIDITY

FONDO RECUERDA’s EFFORTS TO AVERT THESE RISKS  

THIRD HYPOTHESIS A REDUCTION IN THE LEVELS OF SCHOOL TRUANCY AND ABANDONMENT OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS LOWERS THE RISK THAT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN SITUATION OF VULNERABILITY WILL CHOOSE DELINQUENCY AS A WAY OF LIFE.

V. Weaknesses in the system ACCESS JUSTICE MINORS CONFLICT THE LAW.

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of data collection and  analysis of violence and juvenile crimes may conceal the scope and evolution of the problem. Uncertainty that the penalties imposed on  minors in conflict with the law will prevent recidivism.

Provide support on data gathering and analysis; Advocate and provide assistance to reinforce the educational function of corrective measures imposed on minors in conflict with the law; Follow the process of reintegration of minors that had been in conflict with the law in the three target neighborhoods in each beneficiary city; Promote access to existing offers of arts and sports activities as well as education/ job counseling for young people currently or formerly in conflict with the law, residing in the target areas; Share best practices among different local, regional and international actors.

EXPECTED RESULTS

LOWER RISK OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE CHOOSING CRIME (OR REMAINING IN CRIME) AS A WAY OF LIFE IN MARGINALIZED NEIGHBORHOODS IN CITIES THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS.

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THE METHOD: ACTORS AND ROLES The activities of the Fund are carried out through the interplay of

THREE KEY ACTORS:  A Working Group in each beneficiary Municipality;  Collaborating Partners that provide support to the initiatives of the Working Group;  An Executive Directorate that facilitates and supports the work of the other two actors. This is provided by ideaborn Foundation. Each beneficiary Municipality establishes an internal WORKING GROUP composed of representatives of local government departments or autonomous bodies responsible of planning, implementing and following up on arts, sports, education and security programs on behalf of the City Council. The Working Group should choose three neighborhoods in the city where to focus the work. The EXECUTIVE DIRECTORATE of the Fund guides and supports the Working Group throughout the completion of the projects, following the three axes described above. The first step is the baseline analysis in the chosen neighborhoods, with consists in the evaluation of the level of veracity of the first hypothesis as regards existing arts and sports programs, as well as prevention programs for minors and young people. This is followed by technical assistance to foster further implementation. Coordinated by the Executive Directorate and in joint action with the beneficiary municipalities, COLLABORATING ENTITIES to the Working Groups carry out different actions based on their specific expertise and field of play, such as: o Provide technical assistance to the portfolio of initiatives identified to reduce the five factors of risk to the FONDO RECUERDA hypotheses. o Facilitate forums to conduct analysis of lessons learned and best practices among public servants and civil society members of the beneficiary cities. o Provide financial lymph to finance the technical assistance provided by specialized partners, the forums for lessons learn/ best practice analysis, and FONDO RECUERDA’s activities in general. 10


o Private and public entities willing to support the functions of the Executive Directorate by providing office space in each beneficiary city, or sponsoring long-term internships etc.

AXIS

COLLABORATING ENTITIES

FIELD OF ACTIONS

Axis 1 — Evaluation

Universities and research centers.

Key partners to continually improve the methods of baseline analyses and subsequent analysis of the validity of the first hypothesis.

Axis 2 — Technical assistance

Public and private companies specialized in literature, music, theater, poetry, dance, sculpture, cinema, photography, painting, graphic design and other arts.

Potential partners to provide the most effective technical assistance to the portfolio of projects related to risk area I.

Public and private companies specialized in football, soccer, baseball, basket, athletics and other sports.

Potential partners for the portfolio of projects related to risk area II.

Public and private companies specialized in teacher training and support.

Potential partners for the portfolio of projects related to risk area III.

Public and private companies specialized in career orientation and job counseling.

Potential partners for the portfolio of projects related to risk area IV.

Public and private companies specialized in data collection, data analysis, and statistics.

Good partners for all risk areas but critical partners for risk area V.

Public and private entities with profound experience in design, management and evaluation of programs to prepare children and youth in conflict with the law to overcome the root causes that brought them on the wrong side of the law.

Critical partners for risk area V.

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AXIS Axes 3 – Experience sharing

COLLABORATING ENTITIES Universities and other specialized centers and institutions.

FIELD OF ACTIONS These may prove fundamental allies for the compilation, analysis and dissemination of best practices among different actors and municipalities.

At present, four entities have signed a collaboration agreement with FONDO RECUERDA: ideaborn Foundation, UN Habitat, Pau Casals Foundation and Esportsalus Foundation. Additionally, the Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Government of Catalonia (Spain) has provided funding for axis 1 in El Salvador.

OUR ACTIVITIES IN 2017 FUNDING and EVALUATION — During 2017, the funding obtained by the Catalan Agency for Development and Cooperation enabled us to promote the initiative of FONDO RECUERDA in the city of San Salvador (El Salvador). Thanks to this contribution, programs of the Municipal Institute of Sports and Recreation (IMDER) and the Municipal Institute of Youth (IMJ) were measured and results were published and shared with the Municipal Government and on the FONDO website. In June 2017 in San Salvador the scope of the project was presented at a CONFERENCE involving civil society and the press, based on the preliminary results of surveys. 2017 also saw the publication of the results of the measurements carried out in the city of Medellin. With the participation of these two Municipal Governments, an opportunity was identified within the program for collaboration and EXCHANGE OF BEST PRACTICES between the two administrations. Following the first meeting between the two 12


working groups in December 2017, it was agreed that the San Salvador Group would visit Medellin in 2018 to discuss and share tools used by Medellin Municipality to encourage the participation of young people in the municipal programs, which may later be of use to the Municipal Government in San Salvador.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE — In 2017, a strategy of organization and prioritization of interventions was identified to strengthen the programs measured and other programs that each municipality has identified to address the five areas of actions mentioned above. Moving on, the work will be coordinated by the Executive Directorate of FONDO RECUERDA, in partnership with the collaborating entities —expert in all different fields of play— and the financing entities. Alongside these internal activities, external communication activities will be carried out to showcase key projects and programs of intervention to potential partners, with a view to obtaining grants and other funding.

MOTIVATION to CONTINUE: the number of BENEFICIARY MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS IS INCREASING! During the second half of the year, a series of thriving meetings resulted in two more Municipal Governments joining the program: the Municipal Governments of Bogota, Colombia, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  The Municipal Government of BOGOTA, involved since May 2017, has started the implementation of activities. After the successful training of professionals and the selection of programs, surveys have been launched.

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 The Municipal Government of TEGUCIGALPA joined the Fund at the end of 2017, with both the selection of programs and the first measurement activities planned for 2018.

OUR PLANS FOR 2018 EVALUATION of IMPACT — Measurement of arts and sports programs in three neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa; analysis and publication of the results of the program surveys in Tegucigalpa and Bogota. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE — Technical support to activities related to the five areas of risk listed above in three neighborhoods of San Salvador, Bogota, Medellin and Tegucigalpa. EXPERIENCE SHARING — Session for the socialization of work tools between the Mayor's Office of Medellin and San Salvador. Planning a working day and a public day with the participation of all the municipalities involved.

FURTHER INFORMATION See the results of the measurement of the programs selected in the beneficiary Municipalities:

 Report of Corregidora (September 2015)  Report of Medellin (September 2016)  Report of San Salvador (June 2017)  Conference report San Salvador (June 2017)

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American Fund_Fondo Recuerda 2017 2018 (English version)  

The America's Juvenile Violence Prevention and Access to Justice Fund - FONDO RECUERDA is a non-profit entity. Its activity is aimed at stre...

American Fund_Fondo Recuerda 2017 2018 (English version)  

The America's Juvenile Violence Prevention and Access to Justice Fund - FONDO RECUERDA is a non-profit entity. Its activity is aimed at stre...

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