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Accelerating existing local social leaders, ACE motivates and empowers both future generations and their predecessors. We break social barriers and provide the necessary tools and investment, inspiring students and social leaders to be the change their communities need.

Changing Lives Across Rio de Janeiro.

Pamella Lessa

Brazil Director

We are delighted to announce Pamella Lessa as our new Director on the ground in Rio. She brings with her a wealth of experience. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, she graduated from the State University of Rio de Janeiro before working as a technician in the Brazilian Navy. She progressed to working for several multinationals, before working in the non-profit sector. Her technical knowledge and enormous experience will make a huge impact on the way ACE Projects functions, and her own social collective (Pretas Ruas) that helps black women on the streets of Brazil will bring a new angle to the work we do. She has always fought to empower people to improve the society they are a part of, and we are delighted she has become a part of ours.

Meet our Community Leaders


Vidigal Favela

Community Center Director

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Rocinha Favela

Community Center Director

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JP Black

Complexo do Alemão

Breakdance Leader and Professor

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Manguinhos Favela

Community Center Director

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Rocinha Favela

Breakdance Teachers

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Morra da Formiga & Julio Otoni

Breakdance Teacher

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