Muncie Action Plan Hosts Meridian International Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Brazilian Entrepreneur Andre’ Dumont
Meridian International’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), an elite worldwide entrepreneurial Fellows program brought Latin American entrepreneurs to 31 city hubs in the United States, has partnered with Ball State to immerse 10 YLAI Fellows into 10 Muncie organizations, for reciprocal expertise sharing and learning. Muncie Action Plan was among the 10 organizations chosen by Ball State University’s Center of International Development to host a YLAI Fellow.
Having worked closely with MAP and MAP community partners, YLAI Fellow and Brazilian non-profit entrepreneur Andre’ Dumont studied Muncie’s MAP’s “connector” role in Muncie and Delaware County’s non-profit atmosphere. André Dumont is also a Performance Optimization Professional for IBM, Brazil.
While similar in structure and approach to the organizing work of MAP and Building Better Neighborhoods, Dumont’s approach is quite different. Instead of working with elected neighborhood presidents as MAP does, Dumont and his organization Projecto Soprar work with complex and fragmented neighborhood leaders, who face economic, legal, and territorial obstacles. Dumont forms functional collaborations between them, with the goal of improving the educational, economic, and health outcomes in his community.
Dumont is pleased to see the strong connectivity and collaboration efforts in Muncie and wants to implement MAP’s model of collaboration in Brazil. Dumont says, “In contrast to Sao Paulo, Brazil, Muncie is CLEAN and GREEN. Muncie’s people and the business community are warm, welcoming and hospitable.”
Dumont reports “Projeto Soprar offers educational and social aid using their Instrumental Enrichment Program (IEP) created by Dr. Reuven Feuerstein. Educational quality improvement is a major concern. Their initiatives include providing additional services, such as legal assistance, nutritional support, social psychology support, housing policy, and more.”
According to Dumont, Jardim Campo Belo in Campinas, São Paulo, is the most vulnerable neighborhood within the metropolitan region where education and disconnect from socioeconomic classes are prevalent.
“The program currently has 60 children and their families participating in the educational program. From these participants they learn how to implement project quality improvements and how to develop a customized method for supporting the population there.
Soon, the team at Projecto Soprar will have completed their goal to build a community center headquarters in Jardim Campo Bello. Similar to the function of MAP, their goal is to relinquish project ownership to the community as it matures, when aid from the program is no longer needed.”
Dumont is pursuing a MBA in Project Management at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and has earned a technician degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
To learn more about Andre’s organization in Brazil, please visit: http://projetosoprar.org.br/