Neighborhood Chronicles: communitarian magazine and radio
La Escuelita – Popular educators cooperative from Olivos working with children, adolescents and young people from 4 to 21 years old.
About Your Organization
La Escuelita -Asociación Civil EPEBA
Argentina, B, Olivos
Country where this project is creating social impact
Argentina, B, Olivos
Is your organization a
Non‐profit / NGO / Citizen sector organization
Your role in Education
Administrator, After-School Provider, Teacher.
The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with
How long has your organization been operating?
More than 5 years
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for more than 5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
The community communication project Neighborhood Chronicles is based on the work carried out by the Inter institutional Network of the La Loma de Olivos neighborhood (Vicente López, Buenos Aires province, Argentina) with the aim to rebuild the social and solidarity bonds which in this neighborhood population are deteriorated due to different circumstances. At La Escuelta we realized that it's necessary to offer pedagogic alternatives to channel an increased social insertion among young people and teenagers who do not study nor work, from a neighborhood profile providing alternative and proactive alternatives comparing to the existing possibilities. The lack of a valid and gratifying future perspective in teenagers and young people over thirteen years old is the main social problem observed
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
Propose institutional channels that accompany the neighborhood’s young people and teenagers in their insertion in a different world, a hyper techno oriented and hyper communicated world; however territorially within a disconnected, split neighborhood with pathological dynamics. We believe that the communitarian communication proposal “Neighborhood Chronicles” empowers young people and teenagers in the neighborhood in their family relationships, to other people or institutions in the neighborhood to share the tasks carried out as well as interests and needs; by affirming a shared neighborhood identity, looking doe creative answers to everyday problems.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
The evaluation of the experienced gathered through the development of a bimonthly magazine is the reason that motivates us to drive this proposal. A permanent team composed by teenagers and young people who support almost the whole proposal has been formed. By means of their interventions these young people have built a different image of themselves. There are testimonies such as “I did not know how to write before and I am a journalist now” Others have managed to speak in public, before known and unknown audiences. The magazine is highly expected in the neighborhood and the community activities organized prior to the launching have become neighborhood events which did not exist before.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
Peers are the different institutions of the community who work with the same population, some of them within the neighborhood’s Institutions network. No competitors are identified.
We relieve that the success and growth of the experience lies in speaking to young people using the same language and in offering them alternatives and tools to solve their problems while meeting the needs of the neighborhood.
Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Neighborhood Chronicles Radio and magazine
The voice of young people and teenagers to communitarian Communications
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Provide the communities and mainly young people with channels and resources which give them voice and their own opinion.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The continuous five years of work with adolescents and young people. Eleven issues of the Neighborhood Chronicles magazine. The correspondents’ network formed. Participation of the community by means of specific articles. The participation of institutions from the neighborhood with their own articles. Letters to the Editor. Five trips to present the experience to other young people. An award. Radial and television invitations. Increased forma education insertion. Over fifteen communitarian massive events. The realization of three murals, invitations to narrators, the creation of a community library, among other activities. The acquisition of technical equipment for edition purposes.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
The formation of two teams of young people from the neighborhood trained for managing and organizing the community communication proposal. This would imply the continuity of the magazine edited nowadays and the launching of an aerial and Internet broadcasted radio
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The unique barriers may be material (economic); however I believe there are no barriers which may hinder this project.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Pilot audio proposals to develop the radial programming.
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Training to young people
The acquisition of the radial equipment.
The organization of events for promotion
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
The radio operating Turing eight hours with own programs.
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Training and accompaniment to young people.
Creation of a programming coordinating team
The organization of events for promotion and the participation of the community.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Almost 6 years ago the idea of the magazine was developed as a way to deepen our educational involvement with the community we are working. The sustained work, the positive changes evidenced in young participants and families of the neighborhood are some of the positive aspects which evidence the potential of the communication proposals and which give us the strength to continue expanding the proposals. At the same time we are urged to continue in spite of the sadness we feel when some young people with huge potential pay with their lives the impossibility to get involved in positive activities. Contribute to constitute a communitarian means that provides young people and families with greater and better possibilities and the fact that we have been doing this for almost twenty years is what makes us believe that there are no barriers that hinder the idea.
Tell us about your partnerships
In order to equip the computing cabinet an articulation with the local branch of IBM was carried out. Moreover, work is carried out in articulation with social and communitarian institutions and organizations. Schools, kindergartens, health centers, clubs, municipal programs and universities. At the same time work is performed jointly with other social and educational organizations similar to our organization by sharing resources to provide teachers with training.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
A combination of both. There is a staff and also there are volunteers who may collaborate in less systematic aspects.
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