Herivelto Silva Teixeira

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003
Moveimento Nacional de Meninos e Meninas da Rua-ComissãoPe


This profile was prepared when Herivelto Silva Teixeira was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Del is showing Brazil's poorest children that there are alternatives to a life of crime. During his 10 years as a street educator and member of the poor community Fortaleza, Del realized that criminals in poor communities were younger and younger. By providing alternatives and teaching children about the ramifications of their actions, he is seeking to break the rising trend of young criminal offenders. His program builds a base of community support, involving schools, mentors, church groups, social workers, young offenders, and their families. The individualized network of support is designed both to keep adolescents from committing crimes and to make sure that those who have know why and how they can stop. Del also leads a series of cultural and leisure activities, school talks, professional training, and peer-mentoring programs both for youth on probation and for their communities. By training peer mentors and educators, Del is addressing the entire system that now deals with youth offenders in an impersonal and ineffective way.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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