Raul Oscar Abasolo Trincado

Ashoka Fellow
Santiago, Chile
Fellow Since 2002


This profile was prepared when Raul Oscar Abasolo Trincado was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Through his organization, Tour Marginal, Raúl has set out to provide the ever-growing population of socially outcast youths in Chile with an outlet to express themselves, acknowledge their own resources, take on leadership roles, and access health, education, and job opportunities. The first to offer support that recognizes alternative youth cultures ranging from the poor to gang members, Raúl provides marginalized urban kids with a means to gain a sense of belonging, turn their anger into tolerant attitudes, and avoid the negative social and emotional consequences often associated with the outsider lifestyle. At the same time, he is helping society to change its prejudiced view of youth minorities, demonstrating their potential and the benefits of diversity.

To bring together the many resources required for Tour Marginal, Raúl has created a partnership between the Chilean government and 240 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), most of which do not regularly collaborate with government institutions. By successfully coordinating a vast network of partners in the development of youth-oriented programs and children's rights advocacy projects, Raúl has simultaneously worked for the benefit of disadvantaged youth and created a forum for grassroots and government cooperation.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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