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Vocational Training Center

What Does the V.T.C. Offer?


Dove provides teens and community members access to different Vocational Training Courses that include cosmetology, computer skills, and English as a Second Language.  


All courses are supported by a concurrent Job Readiness class for job application skills, mentoring, and apprentice opportunities. All graduates are given the tools necessary for the individual to start their own business or be job ready. This helps to empower our graduates.

A Message From Our Founder and Executive Director, Liz Rooney:

“It is with great love that I say thank you for your kindness and support these many years! This vocational training center is an ambitious goal that is imperative in supporting our teens into adulthood to become productive members of the community.”


Here you can see the original 15 street boys that were the very first Youth Center Group back in 2009. We had a reunion with 10 of the 15 boys. 


“I was 7 years old when I joined Dove and I was shining shoes on the streets. Some of us were suffering. I will never forget my time in the club, Liz was like a Mother to me.”


“We all had so many unforgettable times together, it was like having another family.”


“We were able to meet friends from all over the world, from different countries. Dove gave us experiences and opportunities we would never have had.“

Hear From Our Students


Dove Youth Development provides educational training to youth between the ages of 6-18 in the barrios of Puerto Plata. Over the past 10 years, Dove has been successful with over 400 hundred students. Providing them with food baskets, getting them off the street and into the classroom, and providing them with a safe haven to blossom.

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