Katerine Motica of Jompéame wins the National Youth Award 2023


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Feb 20, 2019
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President Luis Abinader handed the Father Luis Rosario National Youth Award to Katerine Motica.

The Father Luis Rosario award is the grand prize of the National Youth Awards. Motica is recognized for her Jompeame online platform that campaigns for funding to solve needing persons pressing needs.

Other 2022 winners are:Chana de la Cruz, contributions to the rural community;Dayelis Cepeda, contributions to human rights;Peter George Bertrán Ventura for international sports;Edward Espinosa in national sports;Astrid Paolina Gómez, cultural development;Joel Tavarez, business development and entrepreneurship;Enmanuel Jiménez for political leadership;Yonattan Mercado Acosta for the preservation and promotion of natural resources;Jefferson Romero for voluntary social services in favor of the community.Lola Josefina Díaz, for professional improvement;Darwin...

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JD Jones

Moderator - Covid 19 in DR & North Coast
Jan 7, 2016
This woman is doing some amazing work although her group goes a little overboard at times. I expect we'll see a lot of her in the future.


Polls Forum Moderator
Jan 20, 2003
She grew up in a poor neighborhood in Santo Domingo and went through a rough upbringing including finding her mother deciding what basic to pay and what not to pay because there was simply not enough money. That's why she said in an interview that not only many peopke think she is rich, but at a certain tine during her upbringing she didn't want to be her color.

Several people have done interviews in the past couple of years saying something similar, that many people assume they come from a well off background simply based on their looks when their reality was different. I've noticed their is something they all have in common, they are from or grew up in Santo Domingo. Never hear anyone from the Cibao saying people assume they must be from a well off background or never went through any hardships simply due to their color, but in the Cibao it's much more common to see very light and white people in poverty compared to Santo Domingo and that's the case in the city and in the countryside. With that said, numerically people like that in poverty in Santo Domingo aren't two or three. They could be less percentage wise compared to the Cibao, but numerically they aren't that few as to simply brush off as rarities.