Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I founded Ollin in 2011, with an urge to work for creating opportunities for young people in Mexico. Today, Ollin is one of the most renowned youth NGOs in Mexico and since
2014 it has spread its international presence. As such, I am now regarded as a key player regarding youth matters and I have working relationships with important actors such as the UN agencies in Mexico; media representatives; universities; other NGOs and the government. I wish we all could work together, so that young people in Mexico have access to decent jobs,because youth can make the world move forward.
In the research field, from 2012, we coordinate the implementation of the National Index of Youth Participation, an interdisciplinary analysis on youth and participation, through which we can count on objective information to propose courses of action, public policies and monitoring mechanisms for them. Its purpose is to strengthen youth participation in strategic issues in a responsible and informed way, to thereby improve their living conditions and the development of Mexico. The first three editions are available for digital download on the site http://ollinac.org/indice-nacional/. Additionally, in 2014, we generated our first edition of a regional index of youth participation, in Morelos. From 2015, the INPJ be published biannually and will have a specific section on rural youth and participation.
This communication field is a priority for Ollin. Through our blog "Jóvenes Construyendo" (http://www.jovenesconstruyendo.org) we provide a space of expression for youth to share their views on issues that they are passionate about, and to learn ways to enhance their ideas. With a little more than 30,000 monthly visits, in 2015 we are working to strengthen this platform. Ollin also generates communication through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, where we share the efforts of our organization, as well as news, announcements and interesting events on youth issues.
Ollin has an important line of action on youth participation in politics. Young Plan for Democracy is an initiative started in 2014 to attract more people into the public sphere in Mexico. In this project we make available to the public information about youth fractions of political parties and we conduct electoral monitoring focused on young candidates.
Our organization is an initiative created and led by young people who believe in the value of interinstitutional cooperation and networking. Since 2012 we are part of "Las Juventudes Proponen " an interdisciplinary group of civil society organizations and agencies of the United Nations System for the generation and promotion of a National Agenda for Youth. We also participate in "Juventudes 2030", civil society-led process to promote better public policies on youth and we are part of the Network of Expert Institutions on Youth and Development (RIE).
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
For this project, we have a made several strategic alliances. On one hand, with other organizations with expertise on civil society on the issue of youth employment, such as IDEA foundation, as well as the support and advice of international organizations like the United Nations Population Fund and the International Labour Office; for legal assessment we count with the collaboration of Baker&MacKenzie; we also have the academic and technical assistance of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México; and on strategy and promotion we have and alliance with Fundemex.