San Juan – The Network for the Rights of Children and Youth of Puerto Rico, in a collaborative agreement with the Ana G. Méndez University (UAGM), will begin a project that will seek to educate young people about the problem of child abuse in the island, providing tools to develop new public policies that serve these vulnerable populations.
Through the Youth Advocacy Academy, the Network’s training program, students from various disciplines and members of the university community will be trained with the main objective of providing tools that allow addressing and intervening in the promotion and protection of the rights of childhood and youth with a focus on development and human rights, as proposed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Our university will always be present in any initiative that helps the youth of the country. The future of Puerto Rico depends on our having young people and children who recognize their rights, defend them and grow up thinking about the opportunities that they themselves can create for their development and their future ”, affirmed José F. Méndez Méndez, president of the UAGM .
One of the biggest problems that Puerto Rican society faces is the mistreatment of children and adolescents.
Puerto Rico ranks 17th in the United States jurisdiction for the highest rate of child abuse.
For his part, the executive director of the Network for the Rights of Children and Youth, Marcos Santana, indicated that, “The summer of 2019 allowed us to confirm the importance of listening to our young people and, above all, addressing their complaints and concerns. For this reason, we are extremely excited to announce to the country that the Network for the Rights of Children and Youth in conjunction with the Ana G. Méndez University have signed a collaborative agreement to launch the second edition of our Academy of Advocacy and Youth Mobilization, entitled #JovenesquehacenPR ”.
The #JovenesquehacenPR initiative will give continuity to an initiative that has encouraged children and young people to know and promote their rights through training workshops and continuing education.
“We thank the Ana G. Méndez University and its president, José F. Méndez Méndez, for joining and supporting this important initiative that impacts the lives of thousands of girls, boys and young people,” concluded the executive director of the Network, Marcos Santana .
The workshops will begin on Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00 am
For this occasion, the theme of “The rights of children and adolescents in a local and global perspective” will be addressed.
On Tuesday, November 10, the theme of “Activities in defense of the rights of children and youth will be addressed” and on Friday, November 20, it will end with a “Roundtable for dialogues with young people and presentation of proposals for the creation of new public policies in favor of children and youth.”
The activities will be carried out for free. For details, you can call 787-510-6506 or 787-382-9799. They can also write to [email protected]