I created the Children’s Republic to keep kids off the streets.

Javier De Nicolo

Colombia / bogota
Innovation : Marketed / Broadcasted

In Columbia, young people are often left to fend for themselves, deeply suspicious of any forced attempts at rehab. Javier gently wins their trust by treating them as adults. The results are nothing short of miraculous.


At 85, Javier is a bundle of activity. We had a hard time getting him to sit down for our interview! He insisted that the secret of his youth is action and a steadfast movement forward. We feel the same way, and we can only hope we look as good at his age.


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  1. Héléna Grondin
  2. Oumar Fofana
  3. Mariam KONATE
    1. Julie Shamengo