Educating Vulnerable and At-Risk Youth
CEPRODIH’s Convivamos en Paz (We Coexist Peacefully-CON Paz) Center works with young pregnant victims of domestic abuse and other maltreatment to provide a safe space for them to be educated about raising their child and removing themselves from abusive situations. Over 60 women annually benefit from CON Paz’s services, as do their babies. Many of the women go on to further assist other women and become powerful advocates within the local government for changes in policy towards domestic abusers.
This project enrolled 50 teenage boys and girls from rural Uruguayan communities in weekly leadership, academic and vocational workshops. The participants had all dropped out of school, and some were already parents. In order to assist them in securing a positive future CEPRODIH offered technical training courses that focused on teaching skills pertaining to technology, communications, and social media. In addition, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. funding specifically provided support to expectant women and new mothers, including skills retraining and job search assistance, so they would be prepared to enter to workforce.