Sonia Rodríguez Brown, creating support networks for local youth to holistically develop

Maria Suarez Toro
Posted January 4, 2020 from Costa Rica
Her extended family, her in the middle.
Her extended family of grandma Irma Brown, right, her four sisters and many nieces and nephews are all looking to be able to make a decent livelihood in the land where they were born and raised. she leaps them and other pursuse just that!

Sonia Rodriguez Brown, Afro-Bribri indigenous, Costa Rican woman living in the Southern Caribbean is a social enterpreneur that has dedicated much of her present work in helping recent high school graduates to develop what she calls their ¨being¨or self while looking for oportunities to stay in their communities while making a livelihood and constributting to the common good. 

Not an easy task for a generation that is first to have access to high school but last in social and economic indicators in the country. Talamanca where the Southern Caribbean us located is the poorest county and yer richest in cultural diversity and natural resources.

Youth rank highest in suiciude statistics of self destruction because their access to technologies and to high school education has not been accompanied by oportunities and when oportunities arrive, they face the multimple challenges that emerge from a lack of social fabric that helps them grow personally in terms if gender, ethnicity, race and rooted identity. 

For the past years Sonia has dedicated her efforts to help build programas that provede that accompaniment in their development as she also helso them find and prepare for jobs in their oen territory instead of having to migrate. 

“Somos Talamanca¨is one such initiative she develops with other women enterprenuers, hughlighting the value of the local identity and strengths.

A job market list of enterprises that can hire the youth is also her creation, together with a data base of further training oportunities in areas such as languages, entrepreneurship, etc., that are nit taught in hu¡isg school, yet they need in order to work. 

Those in place, now she is preparing to create a personal support network for youth to have a place and people that they can talk to but also where they learn about gender relations and social skills for conflict resolution, etc.

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 04
Jan 04

Dear Sis
Thank you for nominating nice person. Keep it continue

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Maria,

Thanks for sharing, and highlighting, Sonia's important work, too! Ana Laura from Costa Rica also works on empowering girls, too. Perhaps Sonia and her could collaborate? https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/analaura/posts/92196

aniuxe
Jan 06
Jan 06

I am very frustrated..., where do I have to place their nomination and how their one blogs?

I cana open them when I see my nomination post in order to place their blogs.

Jill Langhus
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hi there,

You just have to post under the story award page and include why you're nominating a member, for what category and with a link to their bio.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Maria,
Thanks for writing about Sonia's work, this is the kind of effort that brings life shifts, and her message of finding ways to personal and financial empowerment is no doubt changing many lives. Just seeing her in the video and looking at those happy faces speaks volumes about the strong woman she is. Does she have a username here on World Pulse? I searched for more from her.

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 04
Jan 04

She is working on her registration... I will let you know.

Lisbeth
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Aunty Tam,
This her profile Link in world pulse. Jill got it.

https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/analaura/posts/92196
It's helpful with the profile Link.
Lizzy

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 06
Jan 06

Thanks both Maria and Lizzy. Found it!

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 06
Jan 06

Yes, she has just create ir two days ago... All of us have decided to connect globally with our initiatives.
Thanks!

Tarke Edith
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thanks for sharing my dear sister keep up.

Hannah B
Jan 05
Jan 05

Thank you for sharing your nomination! Please share the link to their World Pulse profile in order to be considered for an award.
Kind regards,
Hannah

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 06
Jan 06

I am lost, what do you want me to do next?

Hello, my dear Maria,

I'm sorry you felt lost. Although it's too late now, here is the link of the FAQs of the Spirit Awards https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/spirit-awards/FAQ

Thank you for submitting your nominations!

Marianita Harvey
Jan 06
Jan 06

Excelente postulación Felicitaciones

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 06
Jan 06

Wow! Conectadas por todos lados!