San Juan – The organization Minds Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA) announced this Monday that it launched a call for its PARACa social action internship for this summer 2021.
The project is aimed at university students and recent graduates looking to work in social projects and is open to both residents and those who are studying in the diaspora.
The program proposes bringing together citizens with a sense of responsibility for Puerto Rico in boarding schools aimed at social change.
“We have a duty to act from diversity, understanding that we have a long way to go to eliminate inequities of gender, racial, social class, among others, and that is precisely what we project ourselves to through this initiative,” said Andrea Zambrana Rosario, Co-director of the Program.
The program participants will carry out projects on gender violence, environmental conservation, community development, public policy, childhood development, among others.
25 young people will be selected to take part in modules that aim to catalyze solutions to social problems in Puerto Rico and facilitate projects managed by organizations with social purposes in the country.
“Our goal is to develop leaders who influence community processes, social organizations and the third sector, and who work together to create proposals that contribute to the socio-economic development of Puerto Rico. From Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción, we want to insert the next leaders of Puerto Rico into decision-making spaces, ”stated Alejandro Silva Díaz, Executive Director of MPA.
In the summer of 2020, the organization impacted 18 young people committed to their social causes, reaffirming the commitment of the youth to the Country. This year, MPA is committed to amplifying these efforts.
The experience takes place during the summer, and consists of 8 weeks (June – July) where participants will work 32 hours from Monday to Thursday together with a non-profit organization, community or social enterprise, while on Fridays and Saturdays they will take workshops and carry out field trips with community leaders and other social entities.
“Social and civic insertion is important as a way to transform Puerto Rico,” Silva Díaz details.
The deadline to submit the application is February 28.
The program will begin on Friday, June 4, 2021 and will end on July 31, 2021. For more information, visit www.mentespuertorriquenas.org/paraca or write to [email protected]