Green Villages are established in regions away from the big cities, and offer a pedagogy that is specially tailored for Youth living in rural communities. In the future, each new country in which LP4Y operates will benefit from several Training & Development Centers, and at least one Green Village.
A Green Village is an ecovillage built using natural and traditional building methods that respect the environment and aim at a circular economy. A Green Village is a home for the Youth and for the supervising team, and the infrastructures are made available to the local community.
Each month, the Youth organize activities designed to raise awareness within the community. Soon, all Green Villages will be equipped to organize events to raise awareness about environmental protection and the professional integration of Youth.
CALAUAN - PHILIPPINES
The Green Village of Calauan is situated at a relocation site where more than 12,000 families from the slums of the capital have found refuge. The lack of infrastructure and isolation make living conditions very difficult.
In 2020, after 4 and a half years, the construction and development of this unique ecovillage built entirely from bamboo, were completed. A tremendous job accomplished by nearly 300 Youth and 20 artisans, rediscovering the traditional techniques of bamboo construction and the use of natural local materials.
The center has been closed since the summer of 2020, but the maintenance and security of the center have been carried out in total autonomy by a team of 3 local community members, with coordination from a Catalyst working remotely. In anticipation of the transition to the new Green Village pedagogy, all the Youth in the program achieved professional integration in June 2020 and the new batches are awaiting the project relaunch.
In 2021, a new team of Catalysts will join the field as soon as the situation allows, welcoming up to 240 Young women in this exclusively female program, to revive and develop the ecosystem in order to make the Green Village Calauan an Entrepreneurial and Sustainable Center that will be the place of reference in the Philippines.
Management Step, Eco-construction program
“Before joining LP4Y, I took care of my son and from time to time I did odd jobs to earn some money. I heard about LP4Y from young people from Eco-Construction. I have a few months left before I finish the program and realize my dream of becoming a computer technician. With the team, our challenge right now is to build a house by ourselves. This will be the first house built without the help of trainers. We manage the planning and we make all the decisions. It allows us to learn a lot. My message to other Youth is to never stop dreaming and to do everything they can to make their dreams come true. This is what I do every day. "
CHHATTISGARH - INDIA
In July 2015, the Indian government launched "Skill India", a national campaign to facilitate young people's access to short professional technical training. Despite this political will, the professional integration results on completion of the training are unsatisfactory. In Chhattisgarh, the majority of young people come from farming families and live in very rural areas: they have no connection to the world of work and are not used to working in a professional environment. In partnership with the government and the professional training centers, LP4Y accompanies them towards professional stability. Thanks to a strong network of partners, more coaches to support young people and an intensive residential program, the Youth quickly find their bearings, start taking responsibility, become autonomous in their search for employment and once integrated into a company, work to facilitate the integration of successive LP4Y graduates by means of an active Stars Club.
The Green Village Raipur, in rural Chhattisgarh, opened its doors in July 2018. Since then, more than 200 Youth have been accompanied by a team of trainers, coaches and 180 local partners who generously provide professional exposure and support professional integration. During a 3-month residential program, they develop confidence and professionalism, learning to manage 9 eco-friendly micro-businesses that operate as a circular economy.