Fight for Peace’s methodology was developed through a process of consolidation that combined the involvement of the young people who participated in the project, research in the field about youth, crime and drug-trafficking in Rio de Janeiro and internationally, as well as the involvement of the multidisciplinary staff members.
The institution’s work confronts the problem of young people getting involved in situations of risk such as crime, violence and drug-trafficking. Globally, more young people die as a result of these problems than in conflict zones. For example, 467 children were killed between 1987 and 2001 during the Israeli/Palestine conflict. Over the same period in Rio de Janeiro, where the first FFP Academy was established, 3,937 children died from gun violence (Dowdney, 2003). 58 countries exhibit violent death rates of over 10.0 per 100,000; there are 526,000 violent deaths globally each year, 75% of these occur outside of conflict zones (www.genevadeclaration.org); 15-24 year-olds are most affected and this age group is growing fastest in developing countries.
Fight for Peace’s strategy of action is based on a methodology of Five Pillars, which work holistically and are integrated within the various projects and activities of the association. This methodology is aimed at young people between the ages of 7 and 29 who have to live with situations of violence and low social and financial resources on a daily basis.
The Five Pillars are underlined by Fight for Peace’s values of Embracing, Champion, Solidarity, Inspiring and Fearless and are delivered through the Open Access and Pathways projects, which can be combined and accessed by each of Fight for Peace’s members, according to their particular needs and desires. The objective of all the projects is the same: to allow these young people to reach the greatest potential of their personal development.
FFP’s Theory of Change is based on the assumption that concrete changes in a young person’s behaviour, activity or situation, are dependent on changes in their perspective, their perception of themselves and of others, their motivation, and how they make decisions. Therefore, FFP focuses on personal development throughout its work with young people in order to have an impact in these essential areas. This enables young people to take full advantage of the opportunities that are available to them through FFP’s holistic Five Pillars model.
With the methodology implemented and systematised in Rio de Janeiro and London, Fight for Peace is now beginning to replicate its practices in a training programme for institutions all around the world who work in communities affected by problems similar to those affecting the young people Fight for Peace works with.
get to know our five pillars:
1. Boxing & Martial Arts
Fight for Peace believes that boxing & martial arts offer a broad appeal and important values to young people: discipline, respect, self-control, identity, a feeling of belonging and pride, amongst others. The adrenaline of combat sports also works in attracting young people to take part, offering life lessons from the training sessions and in the relationships between the pupils and the coach. In an approach that sees sport as a tool in the inclusion and development of young people, Fight for Peace creates champions inside and outside the ring through its Open Access project. As well as this, all the young people signed up to the sporting activities have to regularly participate in the personal development sessions, which contain citizenship lessons and broaden horizons.
The Education pillar offers support and new opportunities for learning to young people who find themselves out of education or with learning difficulties. Fight for Peace as such offers numeracy & literacy classes as well as fast-track formal education qualifications. Through the Pathways project Fight for Peace offers an inclusive and tailored learning programme, different from traditional schooling practices. Like the other members of Fight for Peace, Pathways pupils must attend the personal development sessions which, combined with mentoring offered by the institution’s Social Support team, help them to build better opportunities for the future.
All members of Fight for Peace have the opportunity to be trained and prepared for the job market. That may be through access to specific courses and training sessions carried out by the organisation or by business partners, through support received when searching for jobs, or training for interviews, writing CVs or job referrals amongst other services available.
4. Youth Support Services
Fight for Peace’s Social Support team individually accompanies all the young people who are members at the Rio and London academies. This support involves the members and their families and attends to the specific needs of everyone, whether that be through offering information, legal aid or psychological support. Members are also offered individual and group mentoring, guided support and referrals (social, medical, legal). As well as this, the team carry out home visits, case working and street outreach work.
5. Youth Leadership
Fight for Peace creates new leaders inside and outside of the organisation, by giving its members responsibilities and influence. In both Rio de Janeiro and London there exists the Youth Council, a group of elected members of Fight for Peace who participate in the organisation’s decision-making as well as in its process of evolution and change. The Youth Councils also receive visits to the academies as well as participating in staff meetings.
We’re not judgmental, we’re respectful, and we believe in a society without exclusion. Everyone is welcome at Fight for Peace.
We exist to win the struggle in all that we do, and we go into our battles with great pragmatism and preparedness.
We always work with a sense of unity and family between our team, our communities and the young people we work with.
We constantly seek to realise potential. We exist to develop our young people, our athletes and our staff and to move forward together.
We will work anywhere where there’s a need, and we’re unapologetic about what we do