Project Alcatraz is a program that recruits criminal gangs, rehabilitates them and reinserts them into society. It combines vocational training, values formation, psychological assistance, formal education and rugby. Through rugby, the values of respect, discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and humility are taught as keys to success in life.
Of all Santa Teresa's social transformation initiatives over the past 200 years, the most emblematic emerged rather unexpectedly. In 2003, a group of gang members broke into the Hacienda and ambushed a security guard. The criminals were offered an unusual choice: either work and make up for their offense or be handed over to the police. The men accepted the offer and Project Alcatraz was born.
-ALBERTO VOL LMER, CEO, SANTA TERESA