Gerando Falcões Institute

According to a study by the State University of Rio de Janeiro, one in five Brazilians between the ages of 18 and 25 are currently not working or enrolled in school, making up what we call ‘geração nem-nem’ (neither studying – nor working). For many young people, quality education, culture, and equal opportunities are not achievable. The Gerando Falcões Institute works and applies a methodology that positions young people to become primary agents of social transformation. The institute aims to create detailed and local references, close for youth and their families, that have completed time in the penal system. The leadership of Eduardo Lyra, founder of the Institute, and his team have been crucial to the success of this project to ensure that communities can make the changes they want to see in their lives. The Gerando Falcões Institute uses two local public schools in Poá (Escola Lacy Lenski Lopes and Escola Bortolozzo) to create a training and educational space for young people in innovative areas (programming, entrepreneurship, and technology), sports (skateboarding, boxing, soccer, tennis, and swimming), and culture (art, dance, theatre, and choir).
The institute has also launched Project Start (Projeto Recomeçar), a project to help former convicts find employment. Also, the organization offers a workshop mothers can attend while their children are participating in the institute’s activities. Mothers who attend this workshop learn and develop skills in relevant topics including financial education, health, and citizen empowerment.
The institute has established partnerships with foundations, municipalities, local governments, and private companies, doing everything in their power to carry out their goals and mission of the organization.