Estación Juventud Chiapas

What is EJ

Estación Juventud" is our institutional program for the Human Development of Tsotsil indigenous youth in Chiapas.

"Estación Juventud" was established in 2011 with the aim of contributing to the strengthening and autonomy of indigenous youth for their personal and community development. This is achieved through coordination, the development of initiatives, capacity building, and creating conditions for improving the quality of life for the new indigenous generations in the region of impact. Taking into account their generational, identity, and gender-specific conditions and positions. The program's thematic components include Art and Culture, Social Capital, Economy, Education, Gender Equality, Environment, Health, and Technology.

Between 2011 and 2015, efforts were made to establish "EJ Committees" and formalize public spaces where "Estaciones Juventud" were set up in each municipality. Various actions were taken to connect youth in managing positive use of leisure time, leveraging information and communication technologies, and developing human capacities, all tied to their generational, identity, and gender-related conditions and positions.

In 2015, a thorough review was conducted, including annual evaluations, feedback from youth and the team, and an analysis of the EJ results and needs for the program's continuity. Based on these results, it was determined that "Estación Juventud" has a community purpose in the sense that it seeks to improve the quality of life for families and communities by promoting youth leadership, strengthening social fabric in communities, and fostering intergenerational coordination to promote community development.

While maintaining the figure of "EJ Youth Committees" (who autonomously manage their "Estaciones Juventud" in each municipality), as well as the thematic components and gender, generational, and intercultural perspectives, EJ is currently focusing efforts on strengthening the leadership of the new generation in these predominantly indigenous communities. This involves providing training, support, backing, and, above all, creating conditions for the full community participation of indigenous youth.

Where

"Estación Juventud" has local youth committees in each of the municipal seats of the following municipalities in Chiapas: Aldama, Chalchihuitán, Chenalhó, Mitontic, Pantelhó, and Santiago el Pinar.

With Who

Through "Estación Juventud," we work with, for, and alongside indigenous Tsotsil women and men, girls, boys, adolescents, and youth in Chiapas.

For "Estación Juventud," it is also important to maintain constant communication with local authorities, traditional authorities, mothers and fathers, as well as teaching and administrative staff of middle and upper secondary education institutions present in these municipalities. We always seek to collaborate with key stakeholders in the communities where we operate in order to build social cohesion through collective and participatory social work.

How

From a generational, transcultural, and gender perspective, the methodology of "Estación Juventud" is a social intervention based on popular, playful, experiential education with active techniques that generate action-reflection-action, always accompanied by training and self-management.

In each of the municipal seats, a "Comité Juvenil EJ" (Youth Committee EJ) is formed, consisting of approximately ten young people. This committee is responsible for managing (maintaining, opening, caring for, and administering the equipment and materials available) a public space (provided by the municipal government) or private space (provided by a family in the community). This space serves as the physical "Estación Juventud," the place where the committee meets, where more young people from the communities gather, where ideas for community participation are generated, and where activities are organized by the committee for children, adolescents, youth, or the community in general.

These committees appoint their "committee president" among themselves, who receives the staff of office (a symbol of community responsibility) and safeguards the "Estación" seal (an element that gives them legitimacy to communicate with local authorities when they need to manage spaces or obtain special permits for the development of their activities). Additionally, each committee appoints spokespersons or promoters for each of the thematic components of the program, according to the interests of each member. These individuals are trained specifically in these topics and propose and promote relevant activities for their respective components.

Model it EJ in other states of Mexico

Since 2018, "Estación Juventud" has been under development in Calakmul, Campeche, through JUEGAS, A.C. This initiative represents an effort to use the "EJ Chiapas" model and tailor it to the context of the state of Campeche and the specific priorities of the youth in Calakmul.