“Ye Too Ponese” (The idiom for “Just do it!”) was funded in Asturias in 2004 aiming at promoting youth participation and active citizenship.
Inspired by Freire’s “untested feasibility”, we believe that working together towards a positive collective vision is possible. We also believe that taking small steps that make us happy is a way of achieving it.
Our projects are related to global education, civic participation, critical pedagogy, sustainability, creative activism, DIY and open source culture.
Our mission is to encourage positive social changes by means of promoting active participation at personal, local and global levels.
Our vision is a fairer world where every person regardless of age, gender, abilities, sexual orientation or identity, religion, ethnic origin and socio-economic background is part of the decision-making processes.
Our work is organized in 5 areas:
Baobab Planet: We organize global education creative workshops and manuals and raising awareness campaigns with young people to promote international development and human rights.
Global education gives learners the opportunity and competences to reflect and share their own point of view and role within a global, interconnected society, as well as to understand and discuss complex relationships of common social, ecological, political and economic issues, so as to derive new ways of thinking and acting.
Street ARTivism: We work with groups of youngsters to design and implement artistic street actions aimed at raising awareness about issues they care about.
ParticipACTION: We design and run activities to promote civic participation at personal, local, national and international level. These activities range from non-formal education workshops on various topics (gender, health, social abilities, conflict resolution, etc) to participatory processes, seminars and trainings. One of our long-term projects is “El Patio de Juventud” (“The youngster’s backyard”). We support young people from Avilés to organize and run leisure activities for themselves and their mates.
Walking across Europe: To underpin our work at an international level we organize trainings, seminars and youth exchanges within the Youth In Action Programme work frame. We are also a European Voluntary Service sending organization.
Cultural activities: We organize film sessions, concerts, cultural visits and loads of other appealing ideas with a participatory and conscious approach. ¡Discover the city with our “personal memories ciclo-tour” or enjoy an exhibition and a concert at a stranger’s home in our “Home-made festival”.