The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation first began working in collaboration with Glasswing on the transformation of Parque Cuscatlán – the country’s most iconic urban park, which was riddled with crime and violence, in the heart of San Salvador, El Salvador. Together with USAID, and Architect Felipe Uribe, from Medellin, a safe and inclusive public space was designed, that promotes social cohesion, reduces violence, and enhances opportunity for young people in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Aside from rebuilding the Parque Cuscatlan, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation is also working with Glasswing and communities on youth violence prevention programs in and around this park. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Glasswing will also be implementing an integrated, ‘place-based’ violence prevention and resilience-building initiative in the Municipality of San Juan Opico, working with multiple stakeholders such as: schools, law enforcement, health facilities, municipalities, and community leaders, to prevent and mitigate the consequences of crime and violence.
Since 2016, FEMSA Foundation and Glasswing International have worked together to promote healthy lifestyles in communities throughout Central America. The program Campaña de Colores promotes the health and wellness, including nutrition and physical activity through sports and recreational activities, encouraging students, families, and teachers to take a proactive approach to health. FEMSA volunteers have also revitalized kitchens and school cafeterias, as well as planting school gardens, impacting 15,875 students, families, and teachers across 44 schools in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Cargill and Glasswing CR make an alliance to execute a Healthy Food project and orchards. This project is currently being developed in 5 schools in the towns of Alajuela and Heredia, where boys and girls have the opportunity to participate in Mini-Chef Clubs, Leaving Footprints and Ambientémonos.
Youth Build International (YBI)
Glasswing partners with YBI to address the needs of Central American youth – 17-25-year-old’s that did not finish high school and are unemployed – through a rigorous six-month program that builds candidates’ life and employability skills, providing them with valuable vocational training, volunteerism and civic participation projects, and job placement.
US Embassy (Guatemala)
Glasswing is currently working with the US Embassy in Guatemala on a migration initiative in the Western Highlands. The aim of this project is to raise awareness and mitigate the drivers of irregular migration among youth and communities.
The World Bank
In May 2019, Development Economics, and the Development Research Group Conducted by Lelys Dinarte and Pablo Egana-del Sol from The World Bank. They published a paper with the first experimental evaluation of the direct and indirect impact of one of Glassswing’s After-School Programs (ASP) in El Salvador. The intervention was performed in five public schools located in some of the most violent communities in the country. This study, which was conducted by the Pontifical University of Chile and an MIT Researcher, included a sample of 1,056 enrolled students aged 10 to 16 years old. The research team conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) involving 1,056 students who received a minimum of two hours per week of extracurricular programming or were part of the control group. Major findings showed a marked improvement in math, science, and reading (compared to those not in the program); reduced absenteeism; reduced aggression; and improved resilience. This was the first independent evaluation (RCT) of after-school programs ever conducted in Latin America.
Currently, World Bank researchers are evaluating Glasswing’s ‘Sanando Heridas’ hospital-based violence prevention initiative, which aims to break the cycle of violence by working with survivors of violence on trauma and mental health. This study is currently taking place
Chicago Crime Lab
In 2018, the Chicago Crime Lab - in partnership with Calm Classrooms and Tinker Foundation - conducted an RCT to evaluate the effects of integrating two interventions - Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - into the ‘Community Schools’ model. 1,083 students from 18 public schools in El Salvador participated, and were divided into three groups: those that received CBT; those that did Mindfulness; and the control group. This was the first study of its kind, and the results are still being analyzed.
Templeton World Charity
In 2019, with the support of the Templeton Foundation, Glasswing launched a regional randomized control trial (RCT) of the ‘Community Schools’ intervention in 28 public schools in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. 21 of the schools will receive three random types of interventions: Clubs, Mindfulness, and Character Strengths, and the remaining seven schools will serve as control groups. The study is being led by World Bank researcher, Lelys Dinarte, with support from the Asia Economic Institute, Pontifical University of Chile, and MIT.
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