About Asociación Hestia
The Asociación Hestia para la Intervención e Investigación Familiar, Psicoeducativa y Social (Hestia association for Family, Psychoeducational and Social Intervention and Research,) was established to contribute to the development and education of individuals and collectives that are currently vulnerable or at psychosocial risk, as well as others at risk of social exclusion. This association has been sponsored by staff at both Canarian universities with the sole objective of informing the public about the result of our university research.
Many projects and activities have been performed since 2008. As an NGO we collaborate with a multitude of public and private institutions working in the fields of family, education and society.
With the collaboration of the Canarian Government, through the Department of Education we are implementing a variety of parental education programmes to promote and improve positive parenting by fathers and mothers whose children are currently in an early school leaving situation. We are also trying to work with these students through a programme known as “Creciendo Juntos” (Growing Up Together) to improve their personal skills. With the collaboration of the Directorate-General for Child and Family Protection, we are directly intervening with socially-excluded youths.
Through the Department of Social Politics and Accessibility of Gran Canaria Council, we work with care leavers through the programme “Ítaca: en viaje a la autonomía” (Ithaca: A Journey to Independence). We also started a programme known as “Vivir la adolescencia en familia” (Experiencing Adolescence as a Family) for mothers and fathers at psychosocial risk in some of Gran Canaria’s municipalities.
The Asociación Hestia is also one of the coordinators of the CaixaProInfancia Programme in the Arona municipality of Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Cristóbal de la Laguna and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Since we are an institution working in the family, psychoeducational and social field, we have performed a variety of projects with mothers and fathers deprived of their liberty. In the field of audiovisual communication, we have collaborated with some educational audiovisual material, mainly the documentary feature Laderas de Miel (Honey Hills), which was selected by several international film festivals.
The Asociación Hestia is also very invested in research. Many of the founders, partners and volunteers are lecturers from both Canarian universities, as well as students or former students. Consequently, the association collaborates with the training of students studying for a master’s degree in Family Intervention by allowing work placements.
As an association we have an important commitment to the Canarian people, which is why we want to help create an international forum with this conference to bring together family, psychoeducational and social researchers, professionals and students.
Juan Carlos Martín Quintana
President of Asociación Hestia