Ivan, Bolivia

Ivan manages the education and community outreach programs at CIES. As a former police officer, Ivan has witnessed firsthand the discrimination and violence directed towards street youth. “These youth have a lot of potential and creativity,” he explains. “If they are reacting aggressively against adults, it’s because they have had to live through harsh discrimination.”

Ivan’s deep commitment and natural ability to relate to young people has helped to establish CIES as a welcoming place that respects street kids’ rights and dignity. “Working with young people really changes your life,” he says, “They have taught me that exercising power is not about a uniform or rank, but about how you communicate with people and your community.”


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