Team Favela Street Philip and Rocky were recently invited by ROC Zuidoost, a college in Amsterdam, to give a lecture about the conception and growth of Favela Street. The goal is to inspire the youth to follow their passion and show that passion can bring you to a lot of places. They spoke about how[…]
Football club IJVV from IJsselmeer supports Favela Street. On the 6th of January Rocky kicked off the collaboration with IJVV by giving an inspirational presentation to over 120 girls. After this presentation the girls will start organizing activities in their town, to raise awareness and money for Favela Street. Upcoming April Rocky will return to give street[…]
Favela Street developed an educational program for schools. In the program we bring the inspirational stories from our young Favela Street heroes to the students in the Netherlands. We are currently working for ROCTOP and ROC van Amsterdam West, with three groups of students for 8 weeks. We teach the students about positive thinking, believing[…]
On the 30th of November team Favela Street organized a screening in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, from their documentary Street Kids United II: The Girls From Rio. The documentary is a film about a life-changing experience for a group of girls from the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the Favela Street Girls, who are chosen[…]
This year Favela Street took on a new challenge in the slums of Haïti, Port au Prince. After an exploring trip to Haïti to meet with local organizations and to connect with the target groups. Favela Street returned this summer to Haïti to organize the Favela Street Week with local partners Sakala and UNDP. 35 Youngsters[…]
Favela Street Girls Rebecca and Aninha were selected as Chevrolet FC mascots. They travelled all the way from Rio to Manchester, to meet the players from Manchester United. They interviewed the players and participated in a training session. At the end of their trip they walked out on the legendary pitch of the Old Trafford[…]
Favela Street Girls trainers Jessica and Dryka from the Rio project stayed for 10 weeks in Cambridge to study English. Thanks to Street Child United the girls were given the chance to personally develop themselves. After these 10 weeks they received a certificate, Jessica is now at level 1 and Dryka at level 2. To celebrate their amazing[…]
Favela Street Connect is a program designed for schools in the Netherlands. To motivate and inspire youngsters in Holland Philip and Rocky bring back the stories of their young Favela Street heroes from Rio and Port au Prince. The program ensures that young people feel more connected to each other and focusses on a safer learning[…]
On the 7th of May Favela Street organized a fundraiser for their new project in Haiti at YoungWorks. After good friend Johnny de Mol opened the fundraiser, Philip & Rocky gave a short presentation about the Favela Street Girls in Rio and their new adventure in Haiti. The night ended with a spicy performance by two[…]
Philip and Rocky visited radiostation FunX and spoke about their new project Favela Street Haiti. If you missed the show, check out this link FunX Start
With the power of street football Favela Street creates a new generation of strong role models in marginalized communities around the world.
Football is the most popular sport in the world and Favela Street uses the appeal of this sport to connect with the youth. The nature of street football often times exist parallel to the dynamics of life in these underserved neighborhoods, making it a sport that is accessible, easy to learn, has flexible rules and is about having fun with fewer resources. Street football gives the opportunity to experience success and receive appreciation for your skills. The accessible nature ensures that both girls and boys want to participate.
Favela Street offers a program for youngsters to become independent football trainers inside their own neighborhoods by attain the expertise to self-organize activities for their communities. Besides becoming independent football trainers, we provide our role models with educational and employment resources in order to further develop their life skills.
By sharing their experiences, young people are made aware of adopting a positive and constructive attitude, which allows them to become role model for their peers.
Favela Street Week is an intensive week of workshops and training sessions where groups of young talented and motivated individuals learn to organize street football activities in their own community. By collaborating with local partners these events increase the commitment of youngsters. Together we create a hotspot where sportive and inspiring activities take place. After the Favela Street Week it's imperative for our organization to stay connected with the trained youngsters and the local partner in order to facilitate continued support.
Structure through pleasure
Street football equals fun. By kicking a ball together daily worries are forgotten. Young people can be young again and have fun. The fun-factor will be used as an‘ice-breaker’ between the coaches and the participants. Street football brings joy and hope in places where that is not obvious. Young people experience for the first time in their lives how to deal with rules and standards of the sport. By adhering to these rules, the young people develop structure and routine in their lives.
I am somebody
Young people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods are dealing with a negative stigma and they feel that every day. Favela Street believes that all young people around the world are valuable. They are entitled to have a better future. Favela Street teaches young people that they have a voice, that they are somebody and that they are part of a community. By doing sport together, sharing experiences and celebrating successes Favela Street is building the confidence of young people. They learn to be proud of themselves and of what they can do.
Disadvantaged neighbourhoods have a lack of young aspiring role models. This is the major reason why Favela Street creates a new generation of strong role models with the power of street football. Favela Street focuses on these talents and develop them. They learn to independently organize football activities for young people in their own neighbourhood. Because of this role, the young people will get respect and appreciation. They show that you work to a positive future through sport activities.
Roxanne ‘Rocky’ Hehakaija
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Stichting Favela Street Netherlands
Bankastraat 39 II 1094 EB Amsterdam
RSIN: 854765025 | Chamber of Commerce: 62319175