Meet Juan and Learn about FUNCREEMOS

Published on May 16, 2014 | Written by

by  Juan Saladín, Legislative Fellow

FUNCREEMOS team presenting their most recent project

FUNCREEMOS team presenting their most recent project

My name is Juan Saladín and I am from the Dominican Republic; I work with FUNCREEMOS and am responsible for the planning and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. I have been working at Youthprise for the past few weeks because I was selected by Partners of the Americas and the  U.S. Department of State to serve as a Legislative Fellows.

From a young age I have always enjoyed helping others, especially those who have less than me, others with the desire to improve themselves and who want to find a purpose in life. This has led me to participate in volunteer activities like giving toys to needy children during the holidays. In 2013, I had the opportunity to learn about FUNCREEMOS. This happened in an event where they presented Partners of the Americas and there I decided to join in FUNCREEMOS to work in the department of planning and apply to the Legislative Fellowship program to acquire the experience and knowledge of the American culture. So far, I have accomplished both of those things.

Here is more information about FUNCREEMOS including the history, philosophy and goals.


FUNDACIÓN CRECIMIENTO ESPIRITUAL MOTIVADO AL SERVICIO, INC. (FUNCREEMOS) was created in the University Youth Ministry (PJU) Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra with the purpose of promoting the values of the Christian Faith in the university, to promote community service, and to support communities unconditionally. Additionally the organization provides comprehensive training to young people today, and the PJU has worked since 1986.

Juan with Father Richard Bencosme

Juan with Father Richard Bencosme

FUNCREEMOS is an incorporated nonprofit association in accordance with the laws of the Dominican Republic, born of the need to promote ethics and Christian morality, especially in children and adolescents in our society. It also seeks to promote, sponsor and provide a safe space by building a Center for Spirituality that has adequate facilities and conditions to develop the proposed activities in accordance with the pedagogy.


The institutional philosophy of FUNCREEMOS is to:

Be a model Foundation nationally recognized for its contributions to the development of ethical and spiritual values; promote the holistic development of our youth through selfless service and dedicated people making an impact that contributes to the transformation of lives in our society.

The mission of FUNCREEMOS is to:

Be a foundation committed to the integral formation of young people through the promotion of ethical and spiritual values, the practice of service; in order to promote human transformation focused on building a fresh, full and sustainable society.

All of this are accompanied by the foundation values, these are:

  • Integrity
  • Faith
  • Responsibility
  • Solidarity
  • Services
  • Objectives

The overall objective of the organization is to promote comprehensive education by promoting Christian values, especially by serving youth in our society.

As Dalai Lama said, “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” This quote reminds us that our own decisions lead us to happiness, and that our daily actions matter.

Juan leading a planning session for FUNCREEMOS' strategic plan

Juan leading a planning session for FUNCREEMOS’ strategic plan



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