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Projeto Quixote​
Started in 1996 in PROAD - Program of Assistance to Dependents of the Department of Psychiatry of the Federal University of São Paulo, where the founders met a group of social educators who worked with street children in the region of CEAGESP, later they were asked to supervise activities to deal with the use of crack by the children who attended.

The experience delighted the founders and showed that, for these children, it was necessary to create a service more adapted to their needs. At the time, the state government learned from the experience and proposed that a process of training educators be extended to the service network.


The founders and a group of professionals accepted the challenge and proposed opening the Quixote Project. In order to face all the challenges of this endeavor, the Quixote Project invested in art, education and health as ways of approaching and bonding with these young people. From that, artistic workshops and clinical and social strategies were born, where creativity, affection and expression always go together. Today, the Quixote Project has grown and operates on two fronts:

  • Direct assistance to children, adolescents and families;
  • Educator training actions, systematization of knowledge and publications.

  • The service front is organized in playful and educational workshops, with the presence of art linked to clinical and social support, allowing affections, bonds, demands and desires to be established. These views cross the entire structure of services and projects, which are integrated and organized into phases and programs. The phases are moments of service, not always sequential: reception, home and world. The programs integrate actions of projects and services in a transversal way and are divided into five axes: pedagogical, clinical, of attention to the family, the world of work and urban refugees.
    The activities take place in artistic workshops and in individual and group clinical consultations, with a multiprofessional team formed by educators, workshops, psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners, in addition to nursing and pharmacy professionals, occupational therapy and speech therapy. This service model integrates the clinical, pedagogical and social view, sharing an institutional welcoming posture.
    • Family Care Program: behind a child at risk there is a family at risk. Thus, while young people and children who attend Quixote are participating in its activities, family members, and especially mothers, participate in discussion groups where they discuss the issues of their family and children. They also participate in income generation workshops in which they learn to make handicrafts, delicacies and embroidery that can be sold at the institution itself. In addition to the workshops, family members also undergo clinical follow-up at Quixote and, if necessary, QXT professionals make home visits;
    • Clinical and Psychosocial Program: offers psychological, psychiatric and medical care to those served, as well as workshops that provide collective, artistic, sports and educational experiences, with a respected and multidisciplinary team, ensuring that the Quixote Project is a reference in care in the areas of mental health, drug abuse and violence;
    • Education for Work Program: created to meet the needs of young people attending to enter the labor market. It is divided into different activities, seeking to meet the varied ways of working and obtaining income in society. The first activity of the program is Quixote Jovem, a daily course that currently serves 50 young people per semester in the afternoon, and which addresses skills such as Entrepreneurship, World of Work, Communication, Informatics and Graffiti. At Agência Quixote Spray Arte, young people learn the graffiti technique and, accompanied by professional graffiti artists, perform paid graffiti services. At the Usina de Imagem, young people learn video techniques and produce commissioned videos, being paid;
    • Pedagogical Program: seeks to develop the global, social, expressive and cognitive training of the participating children and adolescents who arrive, stimulating them in all their potentialities and offering opportunities for them to know how to act, interact and build new learning. The work, done in partnership with the City Hall, is centered on art / culture, recreational workshops, dance, music, graffiti, computers, work, environmental preservation activities and reuse of recyclable materials, in addition to parties, theater and tours;
    • Urban Refugees: focuses on one of the most vulnerable populations served by Quixote: children and young people living on the streets. The program's ultimate goal is re-enrollment, that is, the reintegration of these children and young people into their communities of origin. The program works with their families, who are mostly on the edge of the poverty line, disorganized and unstructured to welcome them back. Children and young people are also prepared to return, going through workshops and recreational activities.
    • On the training and research front, the Quixote Project conducts courses, supervision, seminars for educators and managers of the social network throughout Brazil. The training spaces generate exchanges of experiences with different professionals and strengthen the service network. In addition, the area also publishes support books and conducts research that generates subsidies for public policies for children, adolescents and families in situations of social vulnerability. As it was born within the university, the Quixote Project believes that both the discoveries and the challenges that occur in the workshops, in the attendance with families, in groups, in meetings and exchanges of the team require reflection and studies and that the best form of knowledge is the shared one.


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