SANTO DOMINGO.- ALERTA JOVEN (At-Risk Youth Project), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by the company ENTRENA, made the first edition of the Self-Employment Fair, an initiative where the entrepreneurship ideas of project participants were recognized.
The Fair took place on Saturday July 5 at Palacio del Cine in Sambil Mall, and 25 small businesses competed. Concepts were presented by young people from 18 to 24 years from the provinces of Puerto Plata, Bonao, San Francisco de Macoris, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, San Cristobal and Boca Chica, who were evaluated in the categories of: Innovation (technology), creative Ideas and / or cultural, Products and Services.
The top three projects of each category were awarded with RD$ 35,000 for first place, RD$ 22,000 for the second and RD$ 14,000 for third, donated by Banreservas through Savings Accounts, which may be removed by the winners, who will be followed up on their microenterprise.
Participants, who had two weeks of planning for the final, could present new plans or existing for the purpose of improving business and were valued by an independent jury, composed by Mr. Salvador Demallistre, President of Junior Achievement Dominicana; César Asian Junior Achievement CEO; Jeffrey Johnson, Partner at Pricewaterhouse; Consuelo Linares,
Marketing and Communications Manager of Banco Ademi; Defilló Alejandro Peña, President of Media Vest; Jean Paul Santoni, CEO of Red Comercial Juvenil; Elisane Alemar of USAID and Maggie Mejia of Media Vest.
The fair also had the support of the foundation Children International, Sur Futuro, the Center for Integral Orientation and Investigation (COIN), Dominican Institute for Integral Development (IDDI), Caritas, Project Hope, and Universidad Católica Nordestana (UCNE), who joined the project to recognize the creativity and vision of new business strategies, resulting in revenue generation for the personal, family and social inclusion of these youth welfare.
ALERTA JOVEN celebrates two years working for a youth without crime and violence
Within the event, the project also celebrated its second anniversary, so participants in addition to exposing the stands with their ideas to the jury and invited audience, sang to the rhythm of the official song of Alerta Joven by Manny Rosado, and could blow the candles with the project director, Saschia Seibel, the team, juries and co-sponsors.
At-Risk Youth is a network of protection and security services that integrates education, health, and employment for risk youth, created by Entrena with funding from USAID to help reduce levels of violence and crime, created by Entrena with funding from USAID.