Jun 17, 2019

The Importance of Resilience

What does building organizational resilience mean to Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc.? It means building a solid financial base that will support the continuation of our services in the case of a future natural disaster o emergency. After experiencing the terrible organizational devastation due to Hurricane María, we have begun the planning and design phase of our emergency response plan. This plan will allow us to train our employees and volunteers so that we can respond efficiently in the event of an unforeseen disaster. However, the backbone of this plan depends on having the economic resources to maintain the employees who provide the direct services to low-income youth at-risk of dropping out of school and becoming involved in delinquent behavior whom we serve.

One of the most important elements of building our resilience was the recruitment of a dedicated team member who is designing and who will implement a new development plan. We are happy to have welcomed our newest team member Ivelisse Reyes, the Coordinator of Development. Ivelisse has been working non-stop on strategies to diversify and grow our funding resources. This is a great achievement for a small non-for-profit which focuses all resources on direct services to youth.

The support of individuals and private organizations has allowed us to bring this new member who will lead our efforts and activities to access new funding and financial resources. We hope to generate additional contributions to ensure this development plan is implemented. As a result, we will be able to train, develop and maintain the human resources necessary to respond and continue our mission to serve the most vulnerable sector of Puerto Rico’s youth, even in the face of future disasters.

Mar 28, 2019

Meet Our Community Leaders

Brian - TIBOCO participant
Brian - TIBOCO participant

TIBOCO: community youth leadership incubator is the name the participants chose for the project because tiboco means "nest" in the arahuaco indigenous language. To them it represents the place where they are getting ready to become community leaders. Once they finish the training, they will leave the "nest" and work together to rebuild their communities.

We are excited to introduce some of the young leaders! By donating to our project you support the training which will enable these youths to take action within their communities.

Meet José

José lives in Ceiba, a town that has sparked his curiosity and interest in developing projects. He wants to be a leader with the ability to be an advocate and model for others, without losing humility. He decided to be part of our training in search of knowledge and tools to help and be an example for other young people. He is interested in working improve the environment in his community by developing effective recycling projects and by reclaiming public spaces which need cleaning, repairing, fixing roads and improving lighting.

 Meet Brian 

Brian lives in the town of Juncos. Through several of our programs, he has shown great interests in issues related to history and justice. He describes himself as committed and ambitious, characteristics that he associates with the possibility of being a leader in his community. He joined our program with the interest to learn more about how to be a good leader. Among the needs that he has identified in his community are the maintenance of public spaces, animal abandonment and homelessness. As part of the training he will focus on animal welfare issues.

Meet Delimar 

Delimar is from the town of Juncos. She decided to train as a community youth leader because she understands that it takes a lot to inspire and guide other young people. As a young leader, she believes empathy, respect and optimism are key elements to reach and work with others. Among the situations in her community, the number of stray animals stands out. She also finds there is a great need to design a recycling that fits the needs of her community, along with fixing traffic lights and general lighting in the town, an issue that has not been resolved since the hurricane. Her project will focus on the dealing with the situation of abandoned  animals.

Meet Adriana 

Adriana is from the town of Naguabo. She is interested in developing more skills as a community youth leader to help other people in her town. She emphasizes that central elements leadership are persistence and loving what you do, along with daring to live new experiences. Within her community, she highlights the needs to deal with abandoned dogs, waste management, elderly housing and homelessness. Her project is aimed at contributing to the quality of life of the elderly in her community.

Meet Greishell

Greishell is a young resident of the Luis Llorens Torres Project, the largest public residential complex in Puerto Rico. She describes herself as a committed, persistent and daring leader. She joined our program seeking an opportunity to contribute something to the community where she grew up. She is determined to work with her community from the heart, wants to be able to support her neighbors and family members, and work together to build a healthier and peaceful community. Some of the situations that affect the quality of life in her community, are the conditions of abandonment and lack of services for the elderly, homelessness, abandoned animals and drug trafficking. Her project will focus services for the elderly in the community.

Adriana - TIBOCO participant
Adriana - TIBOCO participant
Delimar - TIBOCO participant
Delimar - TIBOCO participant
Jose - TIBOCO participant
Jose - TIBOCO participant
Greishell  - TIBOCO participant
Greishell - TIBOCO participant
Dec 28, 2018

Young leaders take ownership

Our future community leaders
Our future community leaders

Our community youth leaders in training have been selected! We have eight diverse, energetic, curious, hopeful and committed youth who want to become community leaders. They represent communities located in the northeast area of Puerto Rico, including San Juan, Loíza, Juncos, Naguabo y Canóvanas. 

Our staff has developed a training plan which will guide participants through a series of topics and experiences allowing them to become leaders of change within their community. A major step in the project was choosing a name. With the guidance of one of the most recognized Puerto Rican historians, Dr. Jalil Sued Badillo, the participants chose the name TIBOCO: community youth leadership incubator.

The word tiboco means "nest" in the arahuaco indigenous language. The participants took ownership of the project and chose this name because they feel they are developing in a safe and nurturing place. Once they graduate they will each earn the title of irriri, the name for the woodpecker bird in arahuaco language. These birds were known to rebuild their nests collectively. The group agreed that the nest and the bird represent the ideals of the project, which are to develop as leaders who will leave the nest and work together to rebuild their communities.

Our participans are excited about growing as the leaders they have envisioned themselve to be: active, ethical, solidary and brave. They are confident in their endeavor and are committed to the recovery of Puerto Rico by becoming a resource within their communities. 

You can support our future community leaders by donating to our project. We greatly appreciate your contribution. 

First meeting after having been selected
First meeting after having been selected
TIBOCO- meaning "nest" in arahuaco language
TIBOCO- meaning "nest" in arahuaco language
 
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