Location Complexo do Alemão, RJ
Grantee 2015
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

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Youth leadership creating a legacy for the community

The community journal Voz da Comunidade was created by Rene Silva when he was only 11 years old to give visibility to the social issues of the Complexo do Alemão community that were often ignored by the mainstream media. In addition to becoming a reference in community media and citizen journalism, Voz da Comunidade portal also holds social activities in the Complexo do Alemão favela and youth debates called #FalaJovem.

The #FalaJovem project aims to create a space for exchanging ideas and dialogue in the community. Through the initiative, the residents identify local problems and discuss democratic solutions to them. These solutions created by those who live in Complexo do Alemão will contribute to the future and legacy of the community.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Voz das Comunidades will:

• Hold 12 workshops to create a space for dialogue, civic engagement, and problem solving;
• Influence the attitudes of 100 youth and their sentiment of responsibility for the community, indirectly benefiting 150,000 residents of Complexo do Alemão.

“The difference is that Voz das Comunidades is realized by us and for us.”  – Rene Silva, editor-in-chief of jornal Voz das Comunidades

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