The Carpe Diem Project, of the Institute for the Encouragement of Children and Adolescents in Mogi Mirim, ICA, was one of the winners of the 9th edition of the Itaú-Unicef ​​Award, ranging amongst the top five projects throughout Brazil which promotes educational activities with potential to transform the communities they serve. Out of the 2,922 projects registered across the country, 32 finalists were found. The awards took place last November 22 in São Paulo.

The Carpe Diem Project was implemented in 2002, when it first received the support of BrazilFoundation and it is the result of a study that defined the art education as the main tool for the development of children and adolescents. It currently serves approximately 660 children and adolescents and its methodology is applied in different parts of the municipality of Mogi Mirim, São Paulo, from a multiplying perspective.

The Itaú-Unicef ​​Award, established in 1995, identifies and gives visibility to the work of non-profit civil society organizations that develops socio-educational activities and who coordinate with the public school system for children and adolescents aged 6 to 18 years in conditions of socioeconomic vulnerability. It is an initiative made by the Itaú Social Foundation and United Nations Children’s Fund.

Click here to watch the interview with the founder of ICA Tarcísia Mazon.