La Paz Zebras is a very successful project aiming to actively involve highly vulnerable youth in a citizen education program by which they become urban educators disguised and role-acting as zebras, an obvious but creative reference to pedestrian crossings on streets. Their aim is to change the undesirable behavior seen every day in pedestrians and car drivers (e.g. not respecting crossings, ignoring traffic lights or getting on and off public transport anywhere).
Starting with 24 participants, the project currently welcomes 300 zebras per year. So far more than 3000 young citizens have been part of the project. Thanks to it, they have managed to overcome a number of challenges related to drugs, delinquency and other illegal activities. Due to its success, nowadays the project is a trademark of the City La Paz, and has been replicated in many other cities of Bolivia and Latin-America.