João Silva Brandão Júnior Me on center. Region: Latin America Country: Brazil/USA/Africa Main Areas of Interest: empowerment and development Fellowship Period: January –March 2007 Keywords: human rights, social inclusion community leadership Background: International Relations, Bennett College RJ/BRAZIL and Law, PUC Pontific Catholic University, RJ/Brazil Biographical Profile My name is Joao Brandao Junior and I am an activist on Human Rights. I have been working in slums in Brazil since 1997. My proposal is to create a safe place where students can discuss about Human Rights and also provide them some quality of formal education throughout English Classes focusing their future as leaders in their local communities. Today in age we have five ex-students of ours empowering grassroots communities in the north of Brazil in four cities ( Imperatriz, Vila Nova dos Martirios, Amarantes and Tailandia) sharing their experiences as stakeholders, providing critical sense though discussing, planning and promoting dialogs concerning about the need to have peace in our homeland. Since 2007 after taking part of IG Program promoted by Third Millennium Foundation, I have invested my time on finding out solutions to people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa and also getting involving ex-students as a way to show them other horizons when it comes to flighty poverty. After participating of Grassroots’ Media Conference in NY, in 2007, being invited by FREEDIMENSIONAL as a part of one of my activities in the IG program, I have contacted leaders from Africa and they were fundamental in my new current chosen. I am going to Africa in May, 2008 to stay for one year and working on Human Rights by launching a cultural center by authorship. In that space, children and adults living with HIV/AIDS will have information about preventing deadly disease and hygiene as well. It is all about a common residence in what people will interact with doctors, nutritionists and volunteers teachers in order to learn a few more about how to keep going in maintaining a good and healthy lifestyle.