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United Nations launches program aimed at vulnerable youth in El Salvador

San Salvador, September 29, 2021. With the objective of contributing to the social mobilization of young people in vulnerable conditions and survivors of gender-based violence, the MOVEO - Youth in Action: towards diversity without violence, forging alliances for the construction of peace and justice in El Salvador project was launched.

This project is aimed at the population between 15 and 25 years old, residents of the metropolitan area of San Salvador, the central area of Lourdes, Colon or Zacatecoluca, Santa Ana or San Miguel. In addition to their age and place of residence, young people will be considered with any of the following characteristics: they lack financial resources to study; they carry out some productive household activity; they are survivors of gender-based violence; they do not study or work, but wish to do so; or they have disabilities; they live with HIV; they are indigenous, members of the LGBTIQ+ community, returnees or returnees.

Project participants will receive support to increase their educational and work skills so that through teaching and learning methodologies such as SMART or Lean Startup they can, from their diversity, be protagonists and co-responsible for community welfare.

The SMART methodology is very useful for setting both personal and professional goals according to experts and its definition is the acronym of the English words: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

Lean Startup is a methodology with a great boom in the entrepreneurial environment that makes it possible to implement a project avoiding wasting time, resources and unnecessary efforts. The MOVEO inauguration activity was attended by Mónica Mendoza, country head of MOVEO; Carlos Marroquín, Director of Reconstruction of the Social Fabric of the Presidency of El Salvador; and Juan Carlos Novoa, Director of the Tin Marín Children's Museum. During the event, a mural was unveiled at the Tin Marín Museum in San Salvador, which was created based on answers to the question "What is peace?" and thoughts on tolerance, respect and equality.

The MOVEO project is funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and is implemented jointly by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Among some of the partner institutions for its implementation are Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Health, Salvadoran Institute for the Integral Development of Children and Adolescents (ISNA), National Youth Institute, Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women (ISDEMU); Children's Museum Association, Huellas Foundation, COMCAVIS Trans Association.