Lucia Michelazzo Ceroni
This summer I had the opportunity to work with La Matria, an Argentinean non-profit organization that aims to better society through empowering individuals and communities. The empowerment occurs through a number of activities aimed to develop knowledge and skills regarding civic participation. It was an amazing learning opportunity to be able to partake in all the different modalities that the organization utilized to be able to reach people from different social sectors and build collective participation. My main task while working with La Matria was to lead workshops that were offered in underserved high-schools. In the workshops we engaged students on themes such as gender violence, bullying, gender diversity, and sex education among others. The workshops were organized in a way in which we were not only providing information, but encouraging all the participants to collectively reflect on the topics and look for solutions to the specific problems that they were facing.
How Raoul Wallenberg explored the world to gain a better understanding of humanity and positively impact society resonated a lot with my experience with La Matria. In many of the high schools I visited, even though I spoke the same language, there was a huge socio-economic and educational gap. Overcoming this gap and finding a common ground with the students was challenging, but one of the most rewarding aspects of this fellowship.