Volta Redonda, Brazil
August 27, 2003.
Site: Two workshops
were held on the same day in the new DEXTER hotel, a site chosen by
our local partner, Neusa Jordao, Director of the NGO
a Councilwoman and the Mayor's Office.
Volta Redonda (1996 population
232,287) is located in eastern Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro State, on
the Paraíba River. It is a model industrial city founded on the site
of an earlier village in 1941. It has one of the largest
steelworks in Latin America. The products of privately owned
industrial plants supplement those of the government-controlled
steel complex that dominates the economy of the city. .
presenters for both events were Neusa Jordao, Guillermo Fernandez,
Mario Biscaia, Salomao
(a doctor of Nova Friburgo who is the main guy for Preventive Cities
in his region), Alexandre da
Fonte Jr. (who made a presentation on the importance of sports for
drug prevention) our international coordinator, Mina Seinfeld de
Carakushansky. Mina's presented about RIPRED, the Preventive Cities
concepts and the need for working in a comprehensive way to promote
drug demand reduction. The training distributed two types of
different materials (spiral bound books), one for each group.
Content: The first
workshop, titled "Forging Leadership, Looking to the Future"
involved 92 young leaders of the city. These students came form
universities, social voluntary groups, high schools and other
organizations. Student interaction was excellent, as the group
appeared very interested and participated very actively sharing
opinions and making suggestion.. Dr. Mario Biscaia, a psychiatrist,
an specialist on Marihuana addiction spoke about the "The Myths
Regarding Drugs". His low- key presentation received high marks
from the audience due to his frank delivery and his many years of
experience working with youth.
The second event, "Forging
Leasdership , Volta Redonda - Preventive City" took place later the
same day. One hundred local public and business leaders
participated. One of the participants, Dean of the City University,
commented that he was impressed to see that there is such a movement
in Volta Redonda.