HISTORY OF EDUCATE THE FAVELA
When a community volunteering opportunity brought together our entrepreneurial founder, Yannick Struijk, and operational front-man, Lohran Santos, in early 2015, common passions were ignited.
With a united goal of improving education and creating opportunities for Brasil’s underprivileged teenagers, the idea was born to create a business education program to bridge a critical gap in existing schools and empower these teens with the vision and skills to achieve their potential.
After developing a project plan for the idea, Yannick was awarded seed funding from US social entrepreneurship group (resolutionproject.org) and commenced setup of the Educate the Favela NGO and development of the new business curriculum.
Concurrently in 2015, Educate the Favela commenced volunteer activities in Complexo do Alemão, including Voluntário nas Escolas, brining volunteers to schools in need, and Lohran’s street art, alley-way painting project, including two Festa do Trabalho workshops.
2016 will see the start of the exciting new Novos Líderes business and entrepreneurial training programs, along with important new partnerships and growth of the existing projects to ensure sustainability and financial support of our free business education program.