Santo Domingo, DR - Alerta Joven broadens its actions to reduce levels of crime and violence among at-risk young people between the ages of 11 and 24 years old in the Dominican Republic. With the signing of new agreements with eight non-governmental organizations and the private sector, the Alerta Joven project will now reach 128,000 more young people.
The new agreements with IDDI, CAPEX RD, DREAM Project, Universidad Católica Nordestana (UCNE), ACOPRO, and Fundación Pediátrica por un Mañana, will direct their efforts not just to the Corridor Duarte, where the project initially worked, but to provinces such as Pedernales, Dajabón, and las Terrenas, and where these organizations will now begin to make an impact.
Each one of these eight committed organizations to the Alerta Joven project will develop entrepreneurship and employability programs, with the goal that young people in at-risk situations will have opportunities for growth and to keep moving forward with their lives. Moreover, the project will strengthen its educational actions in school retention and reinsertion programs so that these vulnerable teenagers can eventually complete secondary school.
Since 2012, Alerta Joven has been developing a multidisciplinary support network for at-risk youth, financed from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and managed by Entrena SRL, a Dominican company committed to the development of social impact projects.