Building Organizational Resilience

by Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc.
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience
Building Organizational Resilience

Throughout this unprecedented time, you have chosen to stick by our side. We have reached our goal, and this could not have happened without you.  On behalf of our program participants, staff, and board of directors we want to thank you for your commitment, it has meant so much to us all. Your generous gift enabled us to raise $4,182 which supports our goal of Building Organizational Resilience in the face of unforeseen events. 

 Your contribution has given us the ability Reach the goals of this project:

  • First, we developed the proposed emergency response plan which prepares both participants and staff to be ready for future disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. This plan was designed by a group of 24 young leaders from the Leadership and Service Program, known as the Orden del Manicato. This team worked together through four virtual sessions and developed a plan which includes evaluating, preparing, and responding on a personal, family unit, and community level to any emergency or natural event. Its aim is for our volunteer leaders to be responsive and supportive when dealing with a crisis. 
  • Second, we have advanced our sustainability efforts by putting together development team of four prepared members who are implementing and managing key activities. One of the main achievements in this area has been the implementation of a donor relationship management system which will enable us to maximize our fundraising work.

With many thanks for your enthusiasm and support for Puerto Rican youth,

The Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo Team  

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Lillyvette, is one of our members known as Caribes
Lillyvette, is one of our members known as Caribes

Dear friend,

We hope this email finds you are well and in health. As we approach the end of the year, we want to let you know how grateful we are for all the support you have been given us and to share some of the activities we have implemented.

Times like this remind us of the importance of human connections. In Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo we believe that in moments of extraordinary challenges, leaders who promote a sense of togetherness and resilience as a community are vital. That is why we have been reconnecting with the members our Leadership and Service program through a series of virtual meetings. During these meetings over 80 members, called “caribes”, were activated and they selected new leaders in each region. Our “caribes” are volunteer youth who have completed one of our mentoring projects succesfully. Lillyvette is one of our “caribes” and she shares her testimony with us:

“My life is divided into the person I was before and after participating in the mentoring program. I owe my personal transformation to this space which even motivated me to study Community Social Psychology so that I can continue serving people. Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo has given me unbreakable bonds to wonderful people, a support group and, without a doubt, an extended family.”

One of the pillars of this program in friendship which was promoted with an initiative to send letters to all “caribes” in each region as a way of reaching out and calling them to action. As part of the meetings, members also participated in an activity of "Dance Therapy" directed by one of our volunteer member, María. It was incredible to have representation from the “caribes” of all the municipalities where we have developed our projects: San Juan, Humacao, Juncos, Naguabo, Aguadilla, Comerio and Canóvanas.

Another activity we are celebrating is our first participation in the GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign. This campaign jump started our efforts to continue improving our presence on social networks. We want to express our most sincere gratitude for supporting us in our efforts to make our organization more sustainable. It means so much to us. Your support inspires us to continue working for the youth of Puerto Rico!

We keep moving forward!

Stay safe, 

Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo Team 

 

 

 

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School of Leaders virtual session
School of Leaders virtual session

Dear friends and supporters,

This year has posed the unprecedented global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we face many uncertainties, we have focused on making sure participants and volunteers feel connected and supported as we navigate a new way of living, trying to keep everyone safe and healthy. In Puerto Rico a government ordered quarantine interrupted our ongoing projects and pushed us to find new ways to maintain services while continuing to build resiliency. Thus, the School of Leaders was developed.

In Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc. we believe that preparing our youth to become leaders of their own lives and their communities is essential for resiliency and recovery in the event any unforeseen challenges. The current social distancing order gave way to a virtual leadership curriculum which we know as “Escuela de Líderes”, or School of Leaders. This new initiative allows youth who have participated in one of our previous projects to complete a virtual course in advanced personal development focused on the 12 principles of ethical and solidary leadership. The School has 22 youths, who along with volunteers and staff, are committed to become better resources for their communities. An example of the activities completed is a social media campaign to spread solidarity. You can watch a clip of this campaign here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QBEWNIF2uYzuUvFUhnqklb9FRlKs6QAD/view?usp=sharing

Training young leaders now, prepares them for the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the present and the future. This is especially necessary when the pandemic has interrupted regular schooling isolating students from support networks and enriching activities. As we adapt to a changing reality, we have maintaining our mission of being present and relevant to youth at risk.

We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Sending our wishes of hope and health,

The Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc. team

Inspirational social media campaign
Inspirational social media campaign
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Ready for ropes challenge during initiation event
Ready for ropes challenge during initiation event

Dear friends,

We hope this update finds you in good health and spirits. As you may know, Puerto Rico experienced a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which had the most devastating effects in the southwestern region of the Island, but shook us all to the core. Although this event affected our regular operations, it also challenged our resiliency and creativity. It seems that every event we face collectively pushes us to grow in kindness, empathy and solidary action.

Amid the crisis, our first response was to serve those who lost their homes and sense of safety. We quickly organized our staff and Leadership and Service Program members to visit temporary shelters for families affected by the earthquake. Together we designed and organized workshops focused on art, writing and collaborative games as a healthy channel for children and youth to deal with feelings and stress. A group of 30 volunteer members joined the call to action.

We have found that when facing unforeseen challenges, our capacity to respond rests solely on a small group of staff and a strong volunteer base. Thus, we continue to expand our network by strengthening our volunteer body and to building the relationships which allow us to grow.

As the Island regained some stability, we reestablished services. On February, we celebrated the annual Leadership and Service Program Initiation for new members, which included 32 youth who completed one of the personal and social development programs, 13 mentors who wish to continue involved with our programs, and 4 youth family members. The Initiation is a weekend event which serves as a rite of passage into an intergenerational community committed to mutual support, respect, volunteering and service learning. This activity serves as a way to renew and strengthen our volunteer program, one of our greatest assets.

Other efforts led by our development staff brought amazing opportunities to continue expanding our network with two new partners: Feedback Labs and the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Group. We held two interactive workshops which allowed us to share and showcase how our programs work. The special sessions focused on collaboration and leadership through games and activities which were led by our own young leaders in training. We were extremely proud of our youth as they took the lead and interacted with grace, positive energy and fearless leadership. This type of event is essential to building new relationships which in turn provide new opportunities and growth.

We want to thank our donors and friends. Your continued support allows us to expand the activities which build our organization’s resiliency and capacity to serve our at risk youth.

Stay safe and strong,

Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc.

Writing activity for children and youth
Writing activity for children and youth
Arts and crafts for children
Arts and crafts for children
One workshop participant having fun
One workshop participant having fun
Ready for ropes challenge during initiation event
Ready for ropes challenge during initiation event
Writing activity for children and youth
Writing activity for children and youth
American Bar Association Workshop
American Bar Association Workshop

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Doreen- Outstanding Volunteer Awards
Doreen- Outstanding Volunteer Awards

Dear friend:

As we approach the end of the year, we are grateful for the support and opportunities that 2019 brought. We are most thankful for our volunteers, donors and staff who believe in our mission of transform the lives of at-risk youth so that they can develop into ethical and solidary leaders in our communities.

By supporting our current project, we have been able to advance our organizational resilience efforts. Progress is a direct result of key staff members who develop and cultivate our volunteers and community resources, which in turn bring organizational growth.

The work we do with the most vulnerable youth in Puerto Rico would be impossible without the commitment of our volunteers. Having an organized and functioning body of volunteers takes hard work. Thus, we celebrated a “Gratitude Dinner” as part of the International Volunteer Day activities. We thanked and recognized our volunteers for their service during the past year. We are extremely proud of their dedication and want to acknowledge how special they are.

Three of our volunteers received special awards from local organizations this year. First, Doreen was recently recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by the Governor’s Office of Community Service and the AmeriCorps State Program. She was presented this award because of her service to train disadvantage youth as future community leaders.

Second, Miguel and Xavier were chosen among the Top Ten Outstanding Youth of Puerto Rico by the Junior International Chamber of Puerto Rico.

Miguel received an award for his contribution to youth, peace and human rights. His work with youth at risk of dropping out of school and using drugs has changed many lives. He offered over 300 hours of volunteer service.

Xavier received an award for his contribution in humanitarian and volunteer service. He is one of our hardest working volunteers offering coaching in many of our workshops, developing training manuals and reconstructing homes after the hurricane devastated the Island.

We hope you can continue to collaborate with our mission of transforming the lives of local youth so that they can recognize their value and potential to achieve all their goals. This will be possible with the support of our dedicated volunteers and your contributions.

Gratitude Dinner for Volunteers
Gratitude Dinner for Volunteers
Volunteers receive recognition certificates
Volunteers receive recognition certificates
Xavier, Moises and Miguel during awards ceremony
Xavier, Moises and Miguel during awards ceremony
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Location: San Juan - Puerto Rico
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