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Rating: 5

I met the director of the program at an economic conference in Puerto Rico; where the speakers discussed about the socioeconomic deterioration of the island's conditions and the short-term myopic policies that were doing little to soothe concerns about our pressing challenges. I chatted with Ana (the director) about life as a recent grad and transition coming back home. She understood my interests and took down my contact info and about a month later I heard back from her, inviting me to join an economic committee for a project she was running at her public school. The first meeting we had was in a children's classroom at the public school she ran (Juan Domingo) where I met the other committee members. These were not volunteers looking to polish their resumes or individuals with their own private agendas in mind, but rather, individuals with established careers who dedicated short-space of time to devote to the cause of Juan Domingo, in other words, to safeguard and preserve the high-quality public school education in Puerto Rico. This proved overwhelming for me, since I barely had the experience of my peers, but it also provided an opportunity to break from the impetus of apathy and become more active in social justice. Ana inspired confidence not just among the committee members, but among the teachers and students who attend the school. It has created a sense of optimism in the community and inspired others in the ability to achieve change in areas that have far been too neglected.