Young Social Entrepreneurs Recognized with the 2013 UVM Award for Social Development

Universidad del Valle de México (UVM) presented the eighth annual Premio UVM por el Desarrollo Social (UVM Award for Social Development), an initiative run through the YouthActionNet® program developed by the International Youth Foundation, to 15 young social entrepreneurs at UVM’s San Rafael campus. More than 250 young Mexican social entrepreneurs applied to the program this year. UVM was the first Laureate institution to launch a YouthActionNet® program and has been joined in the organization’s important work by ten other network institutions in Spain, Turkey, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica and Honduras.

The award ceremony was attended by Dr. Bernardo Gonzalez-Arechiga, institutional rector of UVM; Luis Duran, general director of UVM, Mr. William S. Reese, president of the International Youth Foundation, and special guest, journalist and columnist Salvador Camarena.

Programs recognized this year focused on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, protecting the environment in rural communities, preserving cultural heritage, and initiatives focused on health care, among others. The 2013 award winners are changing Mexico for the better in communities of Aguascalientes, Baja California, Campeche, Chiapas, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guadalajara, Puebla and Yucatan.

Winners receive a cash prize, training to acquire knowledge, skills and resources to enable them carry out their work more effectively, and become part of the global network of social entrepreneurs developed by YouthActionNet®, a program created by the International Youth Foundation that includes more than 700 young people from nearly 70 countries.

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