Generation Now (GenNow Fest) is a Central American movement. It is the first major festival to celebrate, empower, and inspire Central American youth to champion positive change in their communities. The two-day socially-focused event offers young people – many from at- risk communities – a safe space to participate in activities designed specifically for them, including regional tournaments and seminars, as well as workshops led by professional skateboarders, break-dancers, and athletes.
Glasswing International and its partners, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Istmo Music, MTV Agentes de Cambio, and Global Citizen Festival executive producers Riot House hosted the first-ever GenNow Fest, on November 11 and 12, 2016 at the historic Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador, El Salvador. Over 25,000 youth attended the festival, more than 5,000 of which are students from various educational programs across the region.
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#YoMeAtrevo embodies young people’s desire to positively transform their communities, their countries, and the world. By encouraging youth to stay in school, volunteer, challenge stereotypes, and follow their dreams, #YoMeAtrevo catalyzes positive change in each participant’s mindset.
The Yo Me Atrevo Contest, our first regional community transformation contest, was launched alongside USAID in 2017. Over 150 submissions were received, in which young people between the ages of 14 and 20 from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras developed project ideas with the goal of improving their communities. Nine winners, three from each of the participating countries, were awarded over $50,000 in grants to fund their community transformation proposals.
2017 First Place Winners
El Salvador: “Centro Cultural Cristo Redentor”
Guatemala: “Acordes para la Vida de la Juventud”
Honduras: “Jóvenes Promesas”