Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas with an estimated population of over 120 million. It has a growing economy, many UNESCO world heritage sites, and an incredible history and culture. Unfortunately, the country also has a large socioeconomic gap, neglected rural areas, and urban shanty towns. Moreover, in the past 10 years alone, thousands of people have been killed by gang violence. Tensions around issues of human rights, immigration, and other issues have also divided Mexico's population.
Play for Peace Mexico started in 2017 from the interest of Francisco Hueyatl, an acclaimed artist, university professor, and Play for Peace graphic design volunteer. Feeling a deeper connection to the organization after reading life-changing stories and viewing impactful pictures and videos, he knew that Play for Peace’s values of compassion, inclusion, and openness needed to have a space in Mexico.
Play for Peace's mission was shared via online workshops and through Francisco, who as a college professor shared his passion for the organization with his students. Soon Mexico participated in World Interfaith Harmony Week, with one hundred youth working together to tackle an array of important issues. They have also promoted Play for Peace's mission with the support of other professors and the club's youth facilitators, by leading radio campaigns and conferences to spread the word. Their hope is that young people will recognize Play for Peace's impact, leading to the initiation of new clubs and increased support for the organization as a whole.
"Hope. And a window that lets us peek into what a better society could look like. This is what Play for Peace is for me."
Francisco Hueyatl León
Play for Peace Mentor
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Now that we’re one week into Level Up: Race for Humanity, we want to introduce some of the amazing mentors from our Play for Peace clubs who are taking part in this month-long event. We’ll be following their journeys over the next few weeks, to share how they are leveling up in their communities.
This past April, Play for Peace clubs around the world celebrated Earth Week by taking part in the 2019 Play for Peace Global Games. Working with more than 700 children over the course of the week, our clubs explored what it means to be a leader when you feel connected to the earth.
For several years, Play for Peace Mexico mentor Francisco Hueyatl León has been leading Play for Peace's club in Mexico with love and dedication. Now he is using his expertise in graphic design to create a more peaceful world.
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