Fellows by Category

The residents of Brazilian slums, or favelas, live in an environment plagued by poverty, violence, and unemployment. Celso Athayde is enabling young people of the favelas to become centrally involved in changing their communities for the better.

Organization: Intervozes

Bia Barbosa is strengthening the public will and institutional mechanisms needed to open the Brazilian media to greater public participation.

Organization: Laboratorio de Educacao

Beatriz Cardoso is ensuring that all children, in and outside school, have the right to cognitive development in early childhood. Through a new way of researching, designing, and delivering learning tools, Bia is equipping adults to continuously support children’s early learning in daily interactions.

Organization: Video na Aldeia

Brazil's more than 200 indigenous peoples are largely voiceless and suffer from the country's worst living conditions. They are often perceived by mainstream society as unusual, primitive, or violent. Vincent Carelli battles such prejudice and discrimination with Video in the Villages, a program that empowers indigenous peoples and changes mainstream societal perceptions.

Jaílson de Souza e Silva grew up in one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous slums, or favelas, is working to link academic research on slum life to the many plans and policies that try to improve slum conditions.

Luke Dowdney helps youngsters stay out of organized crime through a program that teaches martial arts along with life skills. He is leading an international network of organizations working to end children’s participation in gangs and other organized violence.

Alice Freitas has created a direct sales catalog to help informal artisans overcome the challenges of large-scale distribution. By equipping a team of well-trained sales agents with an intimate understanding of the personal histories and social impact behind the products, Alice enables consumers to exercise informed decision-making, and provides a direct communication channel between producers...

Organization: REINTEGRA

Marta is setting up an information system for the physically, mentally and sensorially disabled. The system will collect, produce, and disseminate important information for this currently neglected sector of the population, and with this service, Marta expects to influence public policy, thus improving the quality of life and citizenship of disabled populations.

Paulo Lima founded a low-cost, effective print publication to spark the participation of children and teenagers in civic life and decision-making. He also helps adult readers understand and respect the perspectives of young people on issues of critical importance to the community.

Organization: TERRA E COSMOS

Through community radio stations that focus on gender, the environment and sustainable development issues from women's perspectives, Nina Magalhães is creating new job and life opportunities for rural women in Brazil.

Mass communication plays a key role in cementing cultural beliefs about gender and behaviors that may encourage discrimination. Jacira Melo founded the Instituto Patrícia Galvão to join together media and women’s rights organizations so that they could collaborate on issues of gender discrimination, violence towards women and strategies to counteract the male-dominant culture of Brazil. To...

Organization: Eletrocooperativa

Reinaldo fosters the development of citizens as collaborators, entrepreneurs and knowledge producers. Through a methodology that creates new opportunities for cooperative learning, he is helping youth in Salvador and Sao Paulo create their own socially responsible enterprises, products and services through digital media.

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