Youth of Expression Program supports tribute to Sobradinho's history with graffiti
24 January 2013 - Previously gray and dull, the bus stops of Sobradinho, in Brazil's Federal District, have been transformed recently by graffiti artists. The group Where the Periphery Happens (OPA), in partnership with the Youth of Expression Program and the Regional Administration of Sobradinho, is revitalizing 72 bus stops with graffiti depicting the city's history. Since the initiative began in late November, 15 bus stops have been revitalized by graffiti artists from the region, as well as guests. All bus stops are expected to be painted by the end of February.
In order to develop the drawings that will illustrate the bus stops, members of OPA take themes of Sobradinho's history to be discussed with the participant graffiti artists. Vinicius Rodrigues, a representative of OPA and a partner of Youth of Expression, explains that the first bus stop that was revitalized received a painting of a bird that occurs in South America called Rufous Hornero, because the city inherited its name from it: "People say that, in the farm that previously existed on the site of Sobradinho, there was a nest of this type of bird, which is built like a house with two floors. Hence the name Sobradinho, which in Portuguese means two-storey house. "
According to him, the initiative is being very well received in the region: "We got to the case of a young tagger from Nova Colina who called OPA and told his story, because he wanted to join the initiative. He began clearing the bus stops in his neighborhood and now he is participating in our project. "
Youth of Expression recruits field team for Ceilândia and Sobradinho II
To encourage new projects like this, aimed at preventing violence among young people between 18 and 29 years old, Youth of Expression is looking for a field team to work in the cities of Ceilândia and Sobradinho II. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will hire eight young people - four from Ceilândia and four from Sobradinho II - to develop initiatives of mobilization, entrepreneurship and youth autonomy with local collectives, as part of the activities of Youth of Expression in Brazil's Federal District.
The deadline for candidates to submit their proposals is the 1st of February.
More information about the application process is available in the terms of reference (in Portuguese).
What is Youth of Expression? The Youth of Expression Program is an initiative of Grupo Caixa Seguros, in partnership with CUFA-DF, UNODC and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The program aims to promote the health of young people between 18 and 29 years old, promoting projects related to empowerment and prevention of violence, crime and drug use, as well as encouraging young people to practice healthy activities such as dance, street basketball, among others.