Carla Fernández de la Fuente - CEO & Co-founder
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Seven out of ten people with drug abuse, start using during adolescence. According to the WHO, main causes of death in young people are traffic accidents, suicide, and homicide; in addition to this, rates of depression, drug use, and educational lagging in young people continue to increase.
The OECD points out that, in order to prevent these problems, socio-emotional skills need to be trained in young people; neuroscience research says that the key time to learn these skills is adolescence. Additionally, socio-emotional skills can prevent mental health issues related to the isolation and fear caused by COVID-19.
In Latin America there’s a huge problem of implementation in education; teachers in schools don´t know how to develop socio-emotional skills in their students as it requires hefty training for them and manuals that no one reads.
Mentes Hábiles is solving this problem by designing and distributing prebuilt courses that help teachers develop socio-emotional skills in adolescents and themselves. These courses can prevent mental health issues, substance abuse, and violence by implementing materials and platforms that can be used via videoconference so teachers can develop these skills easily and remotely.
Since our foundation in 2016, we have created an educational method by gathering research from evidence-based interventions from the United States, Europe, and Australia. We have already worked with more than 50 private schools and 100 public schools in Mexico City.
Some organizations that have believed in our project are: MassChallenge, Cinépolis Foundation, and the World Bank; they have helped us extend our impact and make our business sustainable. Today we can say that we live from what we do without having raised any seed capital.
Why we do it?
We want to help people to be better people with themselves and others.