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What We Do

What WE Do

WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE HAVE DONE AMAZING THINGS -
WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WE CAN DO SO MUCH MORE!

Dove Youth Development offers programs and classes at a Youth Development Center in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. We serve 140-160 children ages 6-18 living in seven barrios (neighborhoods) in the poorest parts of Puerto Plata. We work directly with youth and their families, providing after school opportunities to learn, laugh and share positive experiences within a safe haven at our Youth Development Center.

 

Without participation in the Center’s programs, many of these children, as young as six, would be forced into prostitution, drug dealing or other illegal activities in order to help financially support their families. We empower these youth to be agents of change, not only in their own lives, but also in their communities. 

Children ages 6-12 take after school classes designed to foster self-esteem, cooperation, respect, responsibility, goal setting and leadership skills. Children ages 13-18 take classes in our Vocational Training Center to support vocational and job search skills experience that will translate into job opportunities keeping them off the streets and providing them with legitimate income for their families.

Our innovative monthly grocery program supports families of sponsored children who are willing to

  • Keep their children in public school (vs working on the streets)

  • Maintain their children’s regular attendance that the Youth Development Center

  • Volunteer 1 hour per week at the Youth Development Center, cleaning, preparing food and helping with other tasks as needed.

 

Dove Missions, Inc (U.S.) raises funds for Dove Missions, Inc (D.R.), both doing business as Dove Youth Development.