Diversity and Leadership Youth Camp

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Diversity and Leadership Youth Camp
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Country: Dominican_Republic
Volunteer(s) Name: L Hinojosa
Volunteer(s) Homestate: California
Funds community contributed: $2045.45
Percentage community contributed: 32%
Funds needed were: $3665.91
Funds requested were: $4290.91
PPCP #: 517-290
Year of project approval: 2009
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Other Projects in Dominican_Republic (19).
Build Your Dreams: Youth Entrepreneur Project, Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), Celebrando el Sur Youth Conference, Ceramic Stove Project, Community Ambulance, Community Center, Community Library, Diversity and Leadership Youth Camp, Education: A New Hope for the Community, Environmental Mural and Education, Health Services and Health Education, Healthy Stoves, Latrine and Hygiene Education, Latrines, Library and Community Center … further results
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Info about the Diversity and Leadership Youth Camp


Although a country rich in history, the Dominican Republic is often poor in its grasp of the people that shape its nation. Without anything more than a shallow idea of its significance, many young Dominicans are constrained by prejudice and discrimination and therefore lack access to many aspects of life taken for granted in the United States. Gender inequality is significant, rural public schools are severely underperforming, and a university education is too expensive for most families. Even basic social services are out of reach for many. Although a substantial majority of the population is of African heritage, social constructs within Latin America and the Caribbean have historically marginalized people who have darker skin.

Over the past five years, Peace Corps volunteers have organized a major conference to bring together youth leaders in the Cibao region to discuss discrimination and the importance of cultural diversity. For many of the young participants, the Celebrando Cibao conference is a life-changing experience. During the three-day conference, participants have a safe environment in which to examine their own culture, be introduced to other cultures, and gain the tools to combat discrimination in their communities. We look forward to planning the sixth annual Celebrando Cibao Conference, to be held August 22-24, 2009 and this Partnership Proposal will help guarantee the funding of this important event.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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