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International Leadership Program

The Pura Vida Youth International Leadership Program exposes academically high-performing minority youth to history, culture, and international travel in a way that builds leadership, personal identity, and belonging to a global community.
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Dominican Republic

Destination:

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This year, we are thrilled to expose our kids to the culture, colors, and cuisine of the Dominican Republic! This 6 day trip will offer them the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a unique cultural experience.

explainer video coming soon...

(narrated by Janel)

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Meet the 2024 Cohort

Time to meet the band of enthusiastic children ready to take on this incredible journey

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MyLaun

Age 9

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David

Age 10

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Janel

Age 7

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William

Age 11

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Alivia

Age 10

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Rice

Age 9

Through our program these kids are working on and being exposed to:
Outside our program we are opening doors to incredible opportunities including:

Language Learning

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It's a head-to-head competition! See the hard-work that students are putting into learning Spanish in DuoLingo classrooms!

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Entrepreneurship + Exposure

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Our students are working hard to EARN money to go on their trip. Creating a business idea, a product, and a pitch is no light work, but see what some of our leaders have come up with and support them in their entrepreneurial endeavors!

History Research

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This trip is far from a vacation. Find out what our group historian, William, has learned in his research about the island of hispaniola, it's history, and how it relates to global history including him...and YOU

Cultural Dance + Community

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From cooking classes, to dance classes, our leaders are connecting with the Dominican culture even before we board the plane! Take a peek into their classes and join them on their adventure!

Internship and Community Connections

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Academic and Leadership Connections

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How You Can Help

The International Leadership Program is committed to to maximizing the success of our outreach. However, for the experience to be truly impactful, we invite your support through donations. Every contribution furthers a cause we deeply believe in, ensuring a lasting impact on the lives of these children.

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