GOCARE Director Develops Educational Programs in Nicaragua

GOCARE, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works to enable children and young adults with the fundamental belief that citizens may live a self-empowered life through the power of education, has announced plans to develop a business concepts class for young adults in Nicaragua.

Stewart Fries is a member of the Board of Directors for GOCARE and brings his professional and philanthropic skills to bear in his activities that involve developing educational programs for use in the front lines of this war on poverty.

In 2011, Stewart successfully adapted the Rotary International youth leadership program called “RYLA” (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) for presentation to students of Pantanal, one of the neediest communities in Nicaragua.

The weekend retreat sponsored by GOCARE, is called “Academia de Liderazgo de la Juventud” (ALJ), and is focused on leadership skills and diversity training for 16-17 year old students.

Fries is now turning his attention to the young adult community. He is planning a “Conceptos básicos de la empresa”—“Basic Business Concepts” (BBC) series of classes to be offered in various barrios around the country. The idea is to provide a series of seminars, one building upon another, to provide young adults some basic business skills they could use to secure employment and take the first step up the economic ladder.

“Since many of the people I know would proverbially give you the shirts off their own backs, I’m developing the idea of forming a fundraising program called ‘Shirt Off Your Back’ from which funding can be used to subsidize additional ALJ and BBC classes,” said Fries.

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