ACJU Escolar picked right up where it left off once classes resumed in April after vacation. The youth continued with their leadership training and also began the planning process for their upcoming projects. One of the ways ACJU develops youth leadership is to encourage youth to envision improved community conditions and help them put community improvement projects into action. The rest of the meetings this semester will all focus on the design and implementation of these youth-led projects. The students’ interest in various aspects of community improvement has grown considerably and they are very enthused about making positive changes in their environment. One of the students commented during one of the meetings, “I had always wanted to do something for my community, but I never know how to do it…. Now I am learning how to carry out improvement projects and that’s how I will be able to help.”
The majority of the projects the youth have chosen are focused on multiple issues that they and their peers are dealing with. For example, in April the youth began planning for a workshop they intend to hold for parents. The theme of the workshop will be adolescence and the challenges that the teenage years present for parents. The school has agreed to publicize the workshop in May. Those students who are graduating this semester will have the opportunity to continue to working on their projects by transitioning into the ACJU Callejero project.