Police and local Jacó businesses are teaming up to keep at-risk adolescents off the streets by offering jobs and teaching a trade.
The program called “Emprendiendo Una Vida Sin Violencia” (undertaking a life without violence) is the creation of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The idea is that young people who are following an entrepreneurial path are less likely to lead a life of crime.
The vice minister of public security, María Fullmen Salazar, said the program is viewed as an alternative form of crime prevention by encouraging entrepreneurship in young people.
The communities of Quepos and Bahía Ballena are launching similar programs.