Founded in 2011, Agência de Redes para a Juventude provides a methodology for young people living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to transform ideas into creative projects that will impact their territories. Each new cycle lasts approximately three months, enabling participants to develop resources to express their ideas and passions within the aesthetic of the periphery. Through extensive research, collaborations and work in the local community, the young people develop their personal networks and repertoires, increasing their skills as activists and agents of community development and social enterprise.
Agência de Redes para a Juventude has been a key partner to PPP since 2012, on projects including Points of Contact 2012 and CreativeLab. In 2012, PPP brokered a partnership between Agência, Battersea Arts Centre and Contact Theatre with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which has implemented and adapted the Agência methodology to work with young people from the suburbs of London and Manchester. The Agency in the UK is now funded by a grant from Big Lottery Fund to BAC in partnership with Contact. PPP’s ongoing association with the project supports the continued exchange of practice and experience between the UK and Brazil.