Our model empowers local social leaders from the favelas to inspire the next generation. ACE Projects offer extracurricular activities to youths in the community. All classes offered are chosen and taught by social leaders from the favela; people who want to work with their community but lack the necessary funding and support.
The developing world is ideologically changing. Communities are refusing to be defined by stereotypes in the media, and won’t let where they are from dictate where they want to go. At the core of this movement are motivated social leaders. People who grew up in marginalized communities, who understand what it means to grow up with minimal opportunities, and who are determined to make a difference for themselves and the next generation.
ACE helps to provide structure and stability to these social leaders. By offering our space and a salary, ACE empowers and connects those who want to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of the next generation.
By offering our space and a salary, ACE empowers and connects those who want to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of the next generation.
The world is changed by those who think differently. Behind all our current social leaders driving the ideological change is an inspired child, a child who had their perspective changed at a young age.
Our goal at ACE to inspire as many children from marginalized communities as possible; to be different, to reject the status quo and build a future that they are included in.
Last year ACE hosted 6 photography exhibitions across France, the UK and in Rio de Janeiro, reaching an estimated 4,000 people.The event called Hidden Heroes followed the stories of mothers from the Rocinha favela and what it means to be a mother in the largest favela in South America.
Viewers were immersed into the world of the favela through the eyes of our children. They connected with their stories and understood life from their perspective. Grasping what it means to grow up in a favela, who role models are, and began to understand the true culture and beauty of the communities called favelas.