Raquel Robles

Ashoka Fellow
Argentina,
Fellow Since 2007
El poder de la imaginación

Citation

This profile was prepared when Raquel Robles was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Raquel’s work with at-risk youth allowed her to see that Argentina had no comprehensive program for juvenile delinquents to help them develop and move beyond their detention in institutions. Raquel created a model which reverses negative self-images and creates a belief in each young person’s potential, and then boosts their chance of success after they leave the institutions. Raquel developed a unique methodology in the Power of the Imagination, based on her experience as an orphaned child who benefited from literature to foster self-expression and imagination. Raquel’s workshops use stories as a tool to encourage youth to be reflective and imagine better futures for themselves. On the Way Out gives youth leaving institutions opportunities for education, job training, and support through a network of peers and professionals. This program offers avenues for young people to realize their newfound goals and prevents them from falling back into a cycle of criminal activity.
The second part of Raquel’s idea is to identify and target societal notions that contribute to the negative images of young people. Through high-quality publications and public events featuring the work of youth from institutions, Raquel works to change societal perceptions, highlighting the youth’s potential as citizens. Finally, Raquel works with authorities and personnel within juvenile delinquent institutions to eliminate negative stereotypes that affect how youth are viewed and treated, promoting an inclusive approach that values each individual.
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