Dream Project: An inspiring day for Dominican youth and new beginnings
Sosua, POP, June 5, 2014:
On Thursday, June 5, 2014, the nonprofit organization The DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring) Project held its seventh graduation ceremony for the acclaimed A Ganar program, which focuses on youth workforce development. These 32 proud graduates between 16 and 24 years of age completed a six months course as rewarding as it was challenging, through 3 stages consisting of theory, practice and internships. This particular course focused on customer service and elderly and childcare. These two markets are quickly growing in the region of North Coast and A Ganar offers a progressive and effective solution to these emerging employment trends, along with the high levels of youth unemployment. DREAM has graduated more than 200 youth since 2012 with an amazing rate of success; more than 70% of graduates are employed, reintroduced to a formal education or both. The Dominican Republic has traditionally struggled with high rates of youth unemployment, early pregnancy and crime, so positive numbers like these are especially encouraging. The reason is simple: A Ganar teaches youth to be confident in their potential as well as teaching new work skills.
The solutions of the next generation of young Dominicans must take into account that many old methods have failed and need to be replaced by new, more innovative ones. This is the vision of DREAM and hope for our shared future. The first day of A Ganar starts with all participants standing, interacting and moving. They learn teamwork through sports, English with international teachers, customer service with experts in the field of tourism, first aid and medical training with the Ministry of Health and finally their practical experience with visionary local businesses.
At the end of so many hours of learning and practice, there is still one intangible measure of success, the confidence they learn to empower themselves. The light in the eyes of every graduate, their inspiration to seek employment, and in turn, a better future is the most important part of the course. DREAM provides the tools, but the key at the end of it all is their ability to believe in themselves.
This course is a collaboration between Entrena, Partners of the Americas, The Ministry of Health, the Mayor of Sosua, Sosua Casa de Cultura and DREAM’s group of partners, local business leaders in the Shared Responsibility Program.
For Press and questions: Contact DREAM Project -Jonathan Wunderlich firstname.lastname@example.org (809) 757-7277
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