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What do these young people do with this idle time? And what do those who work and study or who only study do with what is usually called “spare-time”? Do they have opportunities for leisure activities and participation in sports or cultural activities? A wide variety of studies have pointed out that they do not have access to such opportunities and emphasize that there is a demand for them on the part of youths. The recent publication by IBGE of the Basic Municipal Information Survey, 1999, provides an overview of the general state of cultural and social facilities in Brazilian municipalities.

They also insist that the money they get from work gives them greater freedom on the level of family relationships: not depending on my mom’s money, for example. In the vocabulary of the youths studied, the expression doing well in life is common. When the meanings associated with that expression are examined, the idea of getting a good job stands out, and for many this consists of a well paid job. This discovery contradicts the socially widespread social stereotype that young people, especially the poor, usually associate doing well in life with illegal shortcuts to social mobility.

This last connotation certainly has a reason to exist as a possibility. Nevertheless, it does not apply, at least in the present field of study. It might be suggested that, in relation to values, this is a positive effect of the participation of youths in these projects . In this sense, the references of the youths in relation to work may be seen as an element contributing to the development of a sense of responsibility, as well as the idea that using money and dealing with it 46 Cultivating life, disarming violence gives a direction to life.

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