The Project Quixote
The Projeto Quixote is a Civil Society Organization connected to the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), which has operated since 1996. Its mission is to transform the stories of children, adolescents, and families in situations of high social risk through integrated clinical and social care. Projeto Quixote uses art, education, and culture as its tools to approach and get closer to children and youth.
Projeto Quixote Work Nowadays
Today, Projeto Quixote has two headquarters: a central location in Vila Mariana, where most of its activities take place, and smaller location in República Square, in the center of São Paulo, which focuses on outreach programs for children and adolescents living on the streets.
To achieve its mission, Projeto Quixote is divided in two sectors:
• Assistance: project teams use recreational activities to build bonds with the youth, creating an atmosphere of trust where each child or adolescent's needs can be voiced, and seen to by a multidisciplinary team. This work is done through Quixote’s five assistance programs:
• Educational: encompasses the different workshops that Quixote provides, such as arts, graffiti, break, computers, sports, craftwork, video, etc.;
• Clinic: provides assistance in psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, educational psychology and social work. Through this program, Quixote has become renowned in the field of drug abuse and mental health. It also runs the Cuidar (Care) Project, which focuses on victims of sexual violence and abuse;
• Workplace Education: prepares youths for adulthood, training them to be professionals and entrepreneurs through projects like Quixote Jovem (Youth from Quixote), which provide basic skills for the labor market, such as communication, citizenship, computer skills, and entrepreneurial projects. Also includes the Agência Quixote Spray Arte, a project that helps generate income through graffiti. The final phase of this project is the insertion of the youth in the labor market, through our partners (e.g., PwC);
• Family Care: provides psychosocial care, discussion groups among families, and income generation through the production and sale of craft items;
• Urban Refugees (children and youths living on the streets): approaches children and adolescents living on the streets in the region of Cracolândia, headquartered downtown in São Paulo, with the objective to return them to their home communities.
• Teaching and Research: systematizes and disseminates the knowledge gained from Quixote’s daily activities. Offers courses, supervision, and consulting for managers, educators, and technicians from social networks throughout Brazil. Works to use research to support public policies for children and youth at social risk.