Estatuto da Juventude [Youth Statute]
The statute establishes the rights of youth, the principles and guidelines of public policies for youth and creates the National Youth System. According to this legislation, one of the principles ruling over public policies on youth is the promotion of creativity and participation in the development of the country. Section VI Act (chapters 21 to 25) is dedicated to the Right to Culture and includes provisions such as: “youth has the right to culture, including freedom of creation, access to cultural goods and services and participation in cultural policy decisions, and to cultural indentity and diversity as well as social memory”. It establishes that the public authority shall “ensure the right of youth to participate in the process of production and fruition of cultural goods, and to offer access to cultural venues and events to youth for reduced fees in the national territory”, as well as to “appreciate the creative capabilities of youth by the development of cultural programs and projects”.
It is a legislative measure of national scope: Law Nº 12852, from 2013. It is the result of the work of the National Youth Board, created in 2005 and comprised of 40 members of civil society and 17 representatives of the ministries of the Federal Government with projects geared toward youth, besides representatives of the Federal House of Representatives and the Forum of State Managers of Yout Public Policies. In addition to the Youth Statute, the work of this Board resulted in the creation of a National Youth Policy and an interministerial committee for the implementation of this policy.
With the adoption of the Youth Statute, the Brazilian government hopes to ensure the effective participation of youth in the project of sustainable and solidary development of the country, integrating specific agendas of the several youth segments to the policies of education, health, culture and mobility, among others. The policy expects: to promote the inclusion and emancipation of youth, with broader access to public policies by means of public equipment; to prevent violence and fights its banalization with policies of inclusion and expansion of opportunities for black youth; to expand the production of knowledge and the dissemination of content focused on themes concerned with youth policies; to promote productive inclusion, civic formation and training for income generation to rural youth, particularly riparian, indigenous and quilombola communities; and to support the institutional empowerment of the state and municipal youth managerial organisms.
The financial resources comes from the regular budget.