On Saturday, January 25, 38 participants of the Leaders of Tomorrow (LdA) program visited CUFA, in Madureira, Rio de Janeiro. They met with one of CUFA’s directors, Anderson Quack, and had brief hip hop and theater workshops. The visit was organized in partnership with the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro.
The LdA project was the winning project of the 2013 Alumni Mega-Events Mini-Grant and, therefore, received financing from the U.S. Consulate.
The project’s coordinator, Giovani Rocha, continues to build upon his experience as a Youth Ambassador in 2009 to make a positive impact in his community.
The LdA program selected 25 students from public schools in Rio de Janeiro to develop their skills as young leaders in their communities. The participants are trained by mentors – six of which are former Youth Ambassadors – in leadership techniques, but also work in the implementation of Community Action Projects (PAC) that aim to reach over 1,000 young people in the communities of Rio de Janeiro.
“LdA was a space that gave me this opportunity of learning and being able to apply something in my community,” said Barbara Martins, last year’s LdA participant and currently a mentor in the project.
The objective of the LdA participants in visiting CUFA was to see how community projects are developed and implemented. They were received by one of the directors, Anderson Quack, who spoke about the creation of CUFA and the activities developed by the organization. Quack also highlighted the importance of the partnership with the U.S. Consulate General in Rio for the realization of the Hutuz Award, one of the main events of Brazilian hip hop.