JUAN DOMINGO EN ACCION INC
July 12, 2011
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York in economics. I understood the challenges and realized I had to adapt myself to meet the goals of the team. My experience was fairly limited, but the economic team gave me the opportunity to prove what I had as a recent graduate.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand the current public school education to to high school level and to give opportunities to students to equip them with tools they might need for life transitions, to continuing postsecondary educations and for preparation in in professional development.
Board Member & I investigated funding opportunities, participated in the economic team to find ways to sustain and expand the Juan Domingo project and to expand the project other public institutions. .