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Saturday, November 16 • 8:30am - 9:15am
Opening Keynote

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“El Patojismo, a social system and an educational methodology of dignity, community organisation and local opportunities”. 
See more about Juan Pablo here, courtesy of 21CLHK.

Juan Pablo’s school, Los Patojos, has taken a downtrodden crime-ridden neighborhood and transformed it into a thriving community. His “El Patojismo movement provides children with three meals a day; a modern, progressive learning environment; and healthcare; all free of charge. He has brought thousands of at-risk and disadvantaged youth off the streets and into a safe learning space. Thanks to El Patojismo, local children now have a supportive, inspiring community where they are provided with a safe learning environment off the streets. They can find safety and inclusion off the streets. 
As a teacher, Juan Pablo saw that many young people in his community had either died from drugs and crime or fallen into lives of alcoholism. In response, he opened a free after-school program 13 years ago in his parents’ garage. The first students were three local children with disabilities. This is where Los Patojos or “The Little Ones”, was born, and then continued to grow as the word spread. 
As of today, The project has served over 622,000 free meals, treated more than 10,500 patients in its clinic and will offer two new projects: A youth economic entrepreneur initiative through a restaurant, and the creation of The Youth Center for Technology, Art and Business Administration. 
International funding agencies have helped El Patojismo grow from an after-school program into an accredited school campus for over 400 students. Juan Pablo has gathered around him a group of 33 teachers - health, art, sports, technology, agriculture, mayan philosophy, and history - of many whom were former students and this group will drive its future. 
Come and Join this Keynote and be part of the changemakers team! Hear his message of the heart: it through love, dignity and education that not only countries like Guatemala but the WORLD will become a better place, for everyone.
Dreams and Ideas in Action!

Saturday November 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Performing Arts Center & Conference Hall

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