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Empowering Latin American Youth

By Robin Loving

Youth unemployment is a huge problem in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum, which says one of the solutions to the 40 percent unemployment rate is to create education and training programs. One such program is Empoderando a Latinoamerica, which will host a four-week course in January for 16 to 21-year-old Latin Americans in San Miguel de Allende. The program will inspire and empower them by imparting knowledge and tools to enable them to run social projects, engage in public issues, and contribute to the well-being of their communities.

In this unique educational experience, a diverse group of enthusiastic and idealistic Latin Americans from various socioeconomic origins, cultures, and countries will come together and take part in a highly transformative program of activities. In this program they will learn and share a wide range of knowledge, experiences, interests, and skills. At the end of the course, they will have become agents of social change with a profound sense of social and environmental responsibility and commitment to peace and social justice.

“Students will be selected by merit, not by economic ability,” said founder Patricio Provencio, who in the past has run similar programs successfully in Mexico. He is seeking sponsorships to cover some of the participants’ transportation, accommodations, meals, and course materials. For only US$250, you could sponsor a deserving young participant who otherwise could not afford this opportunity.

Sponsors will receive a thank-you letter and video from the participants, a certificate of appreciation, and recognition on the course’s website, as well as the opportunity to meet the sponsored participants at the closing ceremony on January 28.

To apply, participants had to send an application form (located on the course’s website) to the organizing team by August 14.

For more information, visit the website or learn about the participants’ experiences in previous editions of the course at,, or!experiencias/qg0g5. You may contact Patricio Provencio at


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