OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Issue: In urban areas like Santiago, youth delinquency has become a major challenge. The Dominican Republic faces crime-related challenges including gang activity, robbery, high murder rates and drug trafficking.
Response: At Compassion student centers, young people participate in social clubs built around interests like sports, arts and reading. Vocational training for skills including technology, welding and carpentry also provides constructive opportunities apart from gang activity.