Young people in many communities in Canada and the Caribbean suffer chronic underemployment due to lack of opportunities. This lack of opportunity contributes to a multitude of social problems including depression, crime, suicide and an exodus of young people thus further impoverishing their communities and reinforcing a cycle of despair.
Our vision is to disrupt this cycle by training and certifying young adults in these communities for careers in software solution delivery, employing them through partner organizations, providing software entrepreneurs with guidance and access to capital, and engaging in advocacy to encourage and facilitate technology businesses to make investments in these communities. It is our hope that the initiative will eventually be self-sustaining through revenue generating partnerships and providing services to the private sector.
In-person and remote training and employment opportunities will be provided to successful graduates centered, at least initially, on youth in Toronto and Roseau, the national capital of Dominica.
Recognizing that successful, sustainable software delivery and innovation relies on more than technical skills, the program will provide clients with training and mentorship in Entrepreneurship & Business Development, Software Development, Solution Architecture, Business Analysis, Project Management and Product Development.
The program will be designed to prepare students to obtain internationally recognized certifications and to reach a job-ready level of proficiency as quickly as possible. While those with some computer science education or a programming background will be prioritized for participation in the program, there will be no hard prerequisites for acceptance into the program. Rather, students will be evaluated based on their aptitude and likelihood to succeed which will, in part, be ascertained via pre-admission basic skills training, testing and team challenges. This program will be conducted in partnership with the Dominica State College with support from the Open Campus of the University of West Indies, the region’s premier internationally recognized university.
This initiative was conceived in 2018 by Dominican born, Canadian software entrepreneur, Dennis Augustine, in response to the exodus of young people from Dominica in the devastating aftermath of the category 5 Hurricane Maria and the call, made by the Dominican Prime Minister, to help make Dominica, the first climate resilient nation in the world - something that will require the diversification of its economy through, among other means, technology. Since then we have garnered enthusiastic support from several highly qualified individuals and partner organizations with experience, and influence in the private and public sectors in Dominica and Canada.
The initiative is unincorporated and in its ideation stage. To-date we have received recent expressions of support from the Dominican Government, Dominica State College and private businesses who are willing to provide permits, facilities, high-speed internet access and other contributions in kind. We are now seeking:
The incorporated entity will seek to raise between $250,000 and $500,000 CAD in initial funding to run a pilot program to train and employ twenty (20) young people in Canada and Dominica by the end of 2021.
Partner, CX Architect
Director of Telecommunications and Technology
Ministry of Telecommunications and Broadcasting, Government of Dominica
Partner, Solution Architect
Partner, Solution Architect
Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica (in Canada)
National Telecom Regulatory Commission (NTRC) Dominica
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