This post is also available in: Spanish
Last week, the United States Ambassador to Panama, Jonathan Farrar, participated in the official presentation of the “Por Mi Barrio” Youth Outreach Centers program to the administration of President Juan Carlos Varela, in an event held in the Por Mi Barrio center known as Club Samurai located in the province of Colón.
The event was organized by United Way Panama, in collaboration with the United States Embassy. In attendance were President Juan Carlos Varela; the Minister of Social Development, Alcibiades Vásquez; representatives from the province of Colón and various government institutions.
The Por Mi Barrio Youth Outreach Centers were created by the U.S. Embassy to reduce youth violence in at-risk communities by providing young men and women with education and employment opportunities, as well as productive uses of their free time. There are 20 Por Mi Barrio Youth Outreach Centers in Panama, San Miguelito, Colón, Panama West and Darien. These centers benefit over 7,000 youths with activities such as: vocational skills training; afterschool tutoring; computer and English classes; volunteering and leadership-building opportunities, as well as assistance in finding employment.