Social entrepreneurship and citizen’s empowerment are powerful and innovative tools that can create opportunities for the most disadvantaged young people all over the Americas. Humanitas360 innovative and creative approach brought the team to meet with White House’s high-level official leading national efforts addressing issues ranging from childhood literacy, educational achievement to community violence.
They were able to discuss the barriers that disadvantaged youth face, particularly young men of color, and the enormous costs this poses to the economies of Brazil and the United States. They mainly discussed significant disparities in education, exposure to the criminal justice system, and employment opportunities. Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, and Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President, Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, Domestic Policy Council, amongst other key officials led the meeting with Humanitas360’s President, Patrícia Villela Marino. The parties decided on strengthening policy dialogue and working on a factual initiative, the Youth Exchange Forum, for sharing best practices, experiences and social entrepreneurship methodologies between young African descendant individuals from Brazil and the US.