Génesis, breaking barriers in the Dominican Republic

Génesis - Picture by Entrena / USAID


Genesis grew up in the Guachupita neighborhood in a family of five. Over the course of her life, she has learned that where you are born does not identify you as a person or define how far you can go. Through the Network created in the National District under USAID’s At-risk Youth Project, Genesis has participated in several trainings on conflict management and peace culture. In her desire to help others, she is now an active member of this network.  

Genesis understands that one of the greatest challenges women face is to break with gender inequality; she describes the Dominican woman as an entrepreneur, because she gets up day after day and says: “I can do it, I want to do it, I will achieve it”. 

“More than raising men’s awareness, it is raising their own awareness that they should give themselves the value they have, that they should empower themselves with what is around them, with the things they want, that they should dream. “We women can achieve the goals we set for ourselves”. Genesis is an essential part of the group of young people who fight every day to reduce crime and violence in the Dominican Republic.

About USAID’s At-Risk Youth Project

USAID’s At-Risk Youth Project has been in place since 2012. Its goal is to help create opportunities for youth between the ages of 11 and 24 in low-income communities affected by crime and violence. It helps create opportunities for youth in these communities to pave the way for a better future and break the cycle of crime and violence that affects all sectors of the Dominican Republic. 

The project encompasses several approaches, including:

  • School reinsertion and retention 
  • Vocational technical training 
  • Job placement
  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Health
  • Referral for identification documents
  • Positive masculinity

With a US$25 million investment, the project has proven the solidarity of the American people by impacting the lives of more than 145,000 young lives in more than 500 neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic. 

To learn more, go to https://www.alertajoven.com