Premio Laureate Brasil

The Iniciativa Jovem Anhembi Morumbi (Anhembi Morumbi Youth Initiative) provides Brazilian youth in the São Paulo metro area with a customized, culturally-relevant, and Portuguese language-focused YouthActionNet® experience. The Iam fellowship centers around a four-month intensive virtual course with Anhembi Morumbi professors and staff, coupled with experiential learning opportunities through local site visits, networking with key organizations in the Sao Paulo area, and attendance at conferences and lectures. This personalized learning experience, together with a 2,000 BRL award to their projects and ongoing mentoring support, will allow these impressive young leaders to deepen and expand their impact.

Results to Date
• 80 youth-led initiatives selected for the program
• 80 youth-led initiatives receiving program certification
• 1,036 training hours (includes: university training sessions, monitoring visits, and peer-to-peer learning)
• 397 applications

Youth Spotlight
Henrique Rocha Mendes, 21
Batuque Art - Drums of Brazil Project
Every weekend, Henry and his music-loving friends wou
ld hang out as his house. Lacking money to buy instruments, they would drum on pots, pans, and buckets in Henry's backyard. The rhythm and music from the drums attracted children from all around the neighborhood who watched and worshipped the group through Henry's back gate. Seeing their longing and enthusiasm, Henry decided that all members of his community needed an alternative way to access art.

In 2008, he submitted a proposal for dance and percussion workshops at CEU Alvarenga, a public educational and cultural center in São Paulo. To his great delight, the proposal was accepted, so Henry, along with his friends, started the "Batuque Art - Drums of Brazil" project to engage young residents of the Pedreira community in southern São Paulo in cultural activities.

Through the volunteer-led project, more than 100 children and teenagers benefit from percussion, singing, and folk-dancing workshops that blend traditional rhythms, dances, and songs from Brazil and Africa with modern day sounds and rhythms rooted in the local community.

Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, together with the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation and the International Youth Foundation, have come together to support an emerging generation of young leaders in Brazil. Founded in 1970, Anhembi Morumbi University has maintained its commitment to offering quality academic teaching through five campuses in the Sao Paulo metro area. The University offers more than 50 courses including; Medicine, Fashion, Architecture, Hospitality, Business Administration, Veterinarian Medicine, Tourism, Chiropractics, Journalism and Advertising. With a current enrollment of 32,000, students at Anhembi Morumbi, enjoy the benefits of a state-of-the-art facility and prestigious faculty as they prepare themselves to face the challenges of their future professions. In 2005, thirty-five years after its founding, Anhembi Morumbi became Brazil's first international university as a member of the Laureate International Universities network.

The Sylvan/Laureate Foundation is a founding sponsor of the Anhembi Morumbi Youth Initiative.

Global Contact
Joel Adriance, Program Manager, YouthActionNet®

Local Contact
Mauricio Homma, Program Director, Initiative Johem Anhembi Morumbi
Universidade Anhembi Morumbi
Rua Líbero Badaró, 487 - 7 º andar - Centro
Cep (Zip code): 01009-000 - São Paulo - SP - Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3293-1655