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The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, led the opening of the training center for young people in conditions of social vulnerability number 98 of the “Opportunity 14-24” program of the Social Policy Cabinet coordinated by Tony Peña on Tuesday, November 22.

This technical-professional training center for young people, which will operate in the facilities of the “Hogar del Niño” School in Old Preconca, La Romana highway, will directly impact at least 238 students whose families will also benefit from the comprehensive intervention of more than 24 institutions that participate in the initiative of the Social Policy Cabinet.

During the activity, the president said that the Dominican youth currently has several paths and that this program opens a new one for the so-called “Ninis” who were not contemplated in the country’s training system, thus offering new possibilities from where they can choose.

Abinader urged the young beneficiaries to follow the path that the Dominican Government offers them today since it is the path of good, success and peace that guarantees them a better future.

“Everything is possible for you if you want it that way, and our responsibility as a government is to give you that opportunity, that is our commitment, and today this “Opportunity 14-24″ program opens up those possibilities for you,” said the president.

For his part, the coordinator of the Social Policy Cabinet, Tony Peña, emphasized that the “Oportunidad 14-24” program is present in at least 25 provinces and that in the coming days more than 1,000 young people will graduate from the job internships that offer the initiative.

Peña stated that the Social Policy Cabinet will reach one hundred centers by the end of the year, a figure that is expected to double by 2023.

The Cabinet coordinator also added that young people will be included in the social subsidies provided during the Christmas season that the Government will deliver.

“This program is very important to me because when I see each of these young people who benefit from this initiative, I see my father, José Francisco Peña Gómez, who became the greatest leader in the country, so when I see you, I see future leaders”, added Peña.

Likewise, the executive director of the “Oportunidad 14-24” program, Alex Mordán, recalled that this is one of the first alliances made by the Social Policy Cabinet outside government institutions.

Mordán also recalled that the initiative was born before coming to power with the creation of a package of benefits to attract young people who did not work or study to take part in vocational training and technical training and thus reduce the unemployment rates of young people in the country.

“The Government has made every effort to prevent crime, but this type of program is what will save this generation and the generations to come,” added Mordán.

In addition, Xiomara Dájer De Menéndez, the founder of the Oriental Charitable Board, where the new youth training center will operate, said that they receive more than 1,800 children daily, who will also have access to this initiative executed by the Social Policy Cabinet.

Menéndez also thanked the contributions that the Dominican Government has made to that board.

The youth of the “Oportunidad 14-24” program also thanked the actions of the Presidency and the Social Policy Cabinet in favor of this segment of the country’s population.

“Thanks to this program, today instead of young people committing crimes, we have young professional technicians working,” said the representatives of the beneficiaries, Alexandra Manuel and Sandy Medrano.

Also present at the activity were the ministers of the presidency, José Ignacio Paliza, of tourism, David Collado, the governor of La Romana province, Jacqueline Fernández, and other government officials, as well as members of the Social Policy Cabinet.

Currently, the “Oportunidad 14-24” program benefits more than 10,000 young people with 98 centers throughout the national territory with technical training in computer science, accounting, beauty, reception, hairdressing, secretarial, cell phone repair, electricity, among others, as well to support graduates of the program in their own ventures.

**Information courtesy of photos taken by Mairobi Herrera