Los Pinos: 'an option' for youths who want to prepare for their first job

Headlines related to drug violence or growing school desertion rates paint a challenging but incomplete picture about the slums of Casavalle. They omit the story of dozens of young people between 17 and 24 years old who every morning, rain or shine, arrive on foot, by motorcycle or by bike to Los Pinos. There, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m., from Monday to Friday, they take part in Training for Work courses in search for a better future.

Among the settlements, not far from Av. San Martin and Instrucciones, stands the Educational Center that Hughes & Hughes supports since 2017. More than 400 children, teenagers and young people between 6 and 24 years go to Los Pinos every day to participate in different programs.

Through various educational proposals, they find support in their school tasks, motivation and tools that enable them to remain within the system when they are in High School,or train to integrate the labor market if they have already dropped out. Los Pinos seeks to provide skills for life and work.

Dozens of young people are on waiting list due to lack of space, but with the projection of a new building designed by architect Carlos Ott, and with the support of Hughes & Hughes, Los Pinos will continue to grow in order to meet this demand.