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Youth and Community

USAID supports Mexico in developing and testing models to mitigate the community-level impact of crime and violence. Those models which are most successful may be replicated and expanded to other parts of the country by the Government of Mexico, the private sector, and other organizations.

USAID programs focus on three areas:

  • Improving federal, state, and local government capacity to safeguard citizen security
  • Catalyzing public and private sector resources to expand socio-economic opportunities in the regions most affected by crime
  • Increasing youth capacity to play a constructive role in their communities by keeping youth in school, developing their job skills, and supporting family counseling and social integration activities


During 2012, USAID supported Mexico in achieving the following results:

  • More than 1,000 youth participated in life-skills and employability training, and over 740 students participated in after-school programs in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana.
  • In Ciudad Juarez, approximately 70% of 638 youth who participated in programs have returned to school or have gained licit employment. In Tijuana, 60% of program participants have found internships or jobs.
  • In Ciudad Juarez, 88% of 624 youth re-enrolled in middle school after participating in summer camps designed to provide academic and psychosocial support.
  • In Ciudad Juarez, violence prevention training was provided to more than 1,000 state, municipal and civil society representatives. In addition, 50 health promoters provided guidance on gender-based violence and related issues to over 8,000 citizens.
  • Nine community master plans were developed in target communities (three in each city of Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, and Monterrey) through inclusive processes that engaged federal, state, and local governments, civil society organizations, and community members.

Last updated: May 16, 2018

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