Fellow Since 1999
This profile was prepared when Nelsa Curbelo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Nelsa sees young people with their talent for critiquing, creating, and dreaming as a great resource in Ecuador's battle to end its pervasive violence. Working in neighborhood schools, she is training young people to turn their neighborhoods into "Barrios de Paz," or communities of peace. She has developed an eighty-hour program of structured, interactive mediation and conflict resolution exercises that help youngsters explore alternatives to violence.