About usPura Libertad Jarabacoa
J arabacoa is a holy ground where Christ has been actively at work since the creation of the world. Nestled in a tropical rainforest climate, the valley is known for its recreational beauty and fertility. Strawberries, coffee, pimento and aji peppers are agricultural gold. Waterfalls, rivers, and cool mountains are treasures of tourism. However, a poverty of marriage, absent fathers, and young teen pregnancy compromise the future of this magnificent town.
Because God designed family and it is the main building block of society, Pura Libertad exists to resource leaders for family advocacy. Through an asset assessment of leadership and organizations already in this thriving community, we seek to accelerate their leadership capabilities through collaboration and education. Pura Libertad will provide mentorship to a limited number of approved applicants in our Leader Acceleration Program for individuals and organizations who desire to collaborate with others to:
• Reduce the number of out-of-wedlock and teen pregnancies
• Increase the number of marriages
• Increase sufficient father involvement
Our Leader Acceleration Program is not just a conference, workshop, or set of educational opportunities but an organic networking experience for community leaders. The leaders accepted into the program will be identified as those able to bring unique strengths to a team which seeks to develop actionable steps to impact the value formation of the community to eradicate a lack of marriage, absent fathers, and unwed/teen pregnancy and who desire to replace those behaviors with a high value for marriage, male paternal leadership, and teens who make an intelligent faith-based decision to delay sexual activity until marriage.
Who Can Apply
Anyone may apply for acceptance into our Leader Acceleration Program. Individuals do not have to be professing Christians to attend, but should understand that the program presents a conversation where leaders can understand how the evangelical gospel message impacts unwed/teen pregnancy, fatherlessness, and familial brokenness to produce a thriving community where strong family structure provides a foundation for prosperity.
What we look for:
- Influence in credible faith-based, medical, academic, government, or nongovernmental organization
- Leaders who are serious about being committed to the long-term objective of promoting family values
- A commitment to attend all sessions of Gathering One and Gathering Two
- A commitment to participate in the representation of Gathering One content in Spanish within three months
- Humble and teachable spirit
- Innovative and creative thought process
- A current lifestyle of self-control and sexual purity
To attend the Pre-Gathering or be selected for a board position for Pura Libertad (to be determined at Gathering Two), you must sign a statement that you affirm the Apostles Creed. Applications for those who desire to attend the Pre-Gathering in State College, PA in addition to the full Leader Acceleration Program will be accepted until July 1, 2016. All others accepted until October 1, 2016.
*Gathering One and Two will be held primarily in English for two reason. First, presenting in one language accommodates the best use of time without translation. Second, it is not the goal of Pura Libertad to BE the leader to resource and train Jarabacoa community leaders but to accelerate leaders. Therefore, we will be requesting that accelerated leaders participate in re-presenting the content to their community in Spanish within three months of attending Gathering One. Simultaneous translation through headsets may be requested at Gathering One and Two.
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Program FeesThrough underwriting by our Secret Keeper Girl to Girl Fund, which exists to reduce the risk of teen pregnancy and improve mother/daughter relationships in at-risk communities, we can offer the Leader Acceleration Program at the lowest cost possible. In addition, the application allows for an individual to request a partial scholarship to attend.
$599paid by July 1
- Includes Host home & Most meals
- Pre-Gathering, Gathering 1 & 2
$399paid by November 1
- Includes lunches
- Gathering 1 & 2
Due to the small size of the group accepted into the program and the admission process, if an individual cannot attend any or all of one of the gathering, refunds cannot be given.