ANNUAL REPORT 2019
WE ARE THE SPACE FOR GENERATIONS TO TRANSFORM PUERTO RICO
BOARD OF DIRECTORS* We have spent 10 years building a network of young professionals committed to a sustainable, supportive and participatory Puerto Rico. When we started, we were a small group of university students looking to learn ways to contribute to the advancement of Puerto Rico. Today we are a network of lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers and professionals leading change in their respective fields. MPA's presence is felt in the third sector: 7 out of 10 PARACa graduates work in the public sector. We lead efforts on community development, environmental conservation, human rights, government oversight and economic development. In 2019 we laid the foundation for our life project in the next decade: empowering the MPA membership to transform Puerto Rico. We participated in fellowships such as the Global Social Impact House, Independent Sector and Hispanics in Philanthropy. We established alliances with the media to make the voice of young leaders visible. We call on our graduates and collaborators to propose solutions at the Change Agents Summit. The next decade is promising. Our civic action laboratory #EnAcción is the next link in the chain to mobilize solutions to the challenges Puerto Rico faces. We will turn the MPA network into a community of change agents, and together we will build the Puerto Rico we need. We are pumped up with the change that’s coming and we’re counting on you to join us to make it happen. Alejandro Silva Díaz, Executive Director Rauluy Santos Collado, President
Alma Díaz Carrión Aníbal López Correa Carlos J. Acosta Vega Carlos García Miranda Carolina Martínez Prohías Christian Arvelo Forteza Glenisse Pagán Ortíz Giancarlo Colberg Ferrer Josué McGrath Rosario Natalie Caraballo Vélez Nayda Bobonis Cabrera Paula Latortue Albino Rauluy Santos Collado *Board members active during 2019
“We are YOUTH who decided to make of PUERTO RICO our LIFE PROJECT, and we’re looking for peers who want the same.”
To transform Puerto Rico, we must work at it. Our members actively work to ensure the rights of the deaf community, conserve the environment, encourage entrepreneurship, and combat corruption. 70% of our fellows are currently active in a social initiative for Puerto Rico. Citizen engagement and civic action are the method for a generation of leaders to transform Puerto Rico.
A COMMUNITY OF CHANGE AGENTS 10 years 330 55% 99% 52% 65% 70% 3,532
participants have completed our civic action programs. PARACa fellows stay in their internship after the program ends. work and/or study. are established in Puerto Rico medium or short term. chose a professional career in public service.** Advance social initiatives in Puerto Rico. People have participated in our events, activities and trainings.
*Our civic action programs include PARACa, #EnAcciรณn and Mentes Pa'l Cambio. **Careers in government and non-profit organizations.
THE POWER OF
We make visible and ignite dialogue on the challenges that Puerto Rico faces to attract young citizens committed with Puerto Rico. We challenge them to answer the call of social responsibility to address and propose solutions.
Mobilize their will
Our meetings, dialogues, internships and groups are practical spaces for citizens to move to take action. At MPA we channel the interest of young people to participate so that it translates into productive action.
When people take action, they manage to change the conditions in which they live. The PARACa fellowship connects professional development with social contribution, while #EnAcciรณn generates group spaces to solve collective problems. Our participants advance community reconstruction projects coordinate entrepreneurial projects design workshops to make violence and risks for disadvantaged populations visible, create community tutoring programs, and develop greenhouses for the environmental conservation.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IMPACT SUMMARY 2019 VALUE OF SOCIAL IMPACT
Change Agents Summit, $49,316.00
Other events, $12,600.00 Café Conciencia, $6,581.70
42 VOLUNTEERS ACTIVATED
7 CAFÉ CONCIENCIA & 6 EVENTS
14 INTERNSHIP CENTERS
7 PROJECTS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
5 COMMUNITY PROPOSALS
56% RETENTION RATE
16 WORKSHOPS IN SUAGM WITH CIUDADANÍA ACTIVA
MEGA VIERNES CIVIL (CIVIL ENGINEERS INSTITUTE CONVENTION)
10 PROPOSALS IN THE CHANGE AGENTS SUMMIT
3 CHANGE AGENCY WORKSHOPS FOR THE FIRSTBANK INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
DOCUMENTARY:MENTES EN ACCIÓN
790 PARTICIPANTS AT EVENTS
7,876 CONTACT HOURS
“Citizen engagement transforms thought into action through the fight for an equitable and inclusive Puerto Rico.” -Andrea Rosario, PARACa 2019
CHANGE For 10 years we have built a network of young change agents, ally entities and followers. Puerto Rico needs a new generation of leaders to respond to the call to organize and promote the solutions that it needs. For our 10th anniversary we called on our network to unite wills and prepare proposals on 5 urgent issues and determine the role we would play in them. This summit marked the starting point of the transformation of our network into a community of change agents who dedicate their life projects to Puerto Rico.
Leaders participated in the Summit. Proposals generated for the selected topics.
The role of youth in the 2020 elections. The shutdown of landfills The University of Puerto Rico budget cuts
The increase in gender violence Youth job unemployment
OUR TRA + Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción Incorporation + Foundation of the HarvardMIT Puerto Rican Caucus + First conference: Restoring Economic Growth in Puerto Rico
+ Conference: Social Commitment: From Theory to Practice
+ Incorporation of internship component on PARACa fellowship
+ Reached the mark of 100 graduates
+ First Café Conciencia
+ Presentation before the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico
+ Puerto Rico Project 2010 + Conference: A New Economic Approach + Presentation of proposals to the government candidates- Harvard-MIT UPR Caucus + Blog alliance on El Nuevo Día
+ Selected as “Model NGO to Follow” + Inauguration of PARACa + Review in “Participatory Puerto Rico” section + PACTO project + Creation of Minds for Change
+ Forums and Café Conciencia in Peru, Chile and New York + Members of “Café Emprende 2030” in Nación Z (Z 93 FM)
+ Featuring of MPA on the cover of El Nuevo Día + Alliance to lead student module of Institute of Civil Engineers summit + Institutionalization of “Café Conciencia” and “Creando Enlaces”
+ # EnAcción Brigades project is born as a response strategy to Hurricane Maria
+ Documentary Minds in Action with Sacred Heart University + PARACa semester expansion pilot + Participation in Global Social Impact House, Independent Sector’s NGen Fellowship and Hispanics in Philanthropy + Change Agents Summit
+ ConferenCe: Three Goldman, One Country + Collaborative agreement with Dpt. PR State + Participation in the Puerto Rico Transforms multisectoral committee + Joined the Collaboration and Social Innovation Community
+ Legislators at-large debate: “Tú Eliges, Tú Opinas
+ Reached the mark of 300 graduates + Engineering for Change collaboration with the Institute of Civil Engineers of PR + Documentary “Parada 78” + PADU project in collaboration with EDP University
â€œWhen citizens participate Puerto Rico transforms.â€?
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English version of our 2019 Annual Report