The project “Learning to Be” was born of the observation and experience of the organization with the local community, facing the social conditions that the region presents: extremely high social vulnerability, distance from the city center of São Paulo, exposure to social risk factors such as such as urban violence, drug use and trafficking, shortage of day-care centers / schools, community centers and lack of access to cultural training and projects that enable the knowledge of arts and other cultures.

Aimed at children and adolescents aged 6 to 12 years, residents of Jardim dos Álamos neighborhood, the project aimed at promoting their human development, as well as developing their personal skills and socio-educational-cultural inclusion. This was done through classes in human training, art (dance, theater, handicrafts), sports activities (capoeira), digital inclusion workshops, reading circles, soirees and storytelling. The students also carried out activities of citizenship, which allowed them to learn the axes of health, sexuality, ethnic racial diversity and environmental education.

The activities were carried out at the Technological and Cultural Center (Telecentro) of the Association itself, from Monday to Friday, in two periods in the school counterpart, and counted on an assistant for children and youth development and volunteer professionals (1 teacher of capoeira, 1 teacher of contemporary dance and teacher of crafts).

By fulfilling its social role as a Non-Governmental Organization and in complementarity with public policies, we believe that the project has contributed to the psychosocial development of the public served and to the reduction of exposure to the social risks that the region offers, such as violence , adolescent pregnancy, drug trafficking, among others. The project, in addition to removing children and adolescents from the streets during the period when they are out of school, offered the knowledge and possibilities to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world and transform their personal and social reality into a dreamed life.