What do we want for Our Future?

September 2018, marks the one year anniversaries of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria that both devastated Puerto Rico. The task of rebuilding and implementing solutions has been frustrating and slow, lacking adequate support leaving challenged communities particularly at risk. 

In partnership with ASPPR, ViaSat and Women’s Campaign Intl, and additional support from JetBlue, Innovative Resilience opened community innovation hubs with satellite communication to help two communities build long-term resiliency in Puerto Rico: Arroyo and Utuado.

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We’re Making an Impact:

In Arroyo, an area of Puerto Rico without even a Library and where more than 50% of the population lives in poverty, we are providing an open facility with free satellite internet connectivity and computers, as well as training women in the community building local capacity and capabilities. Located inside public health medical clinics, our centers also serves as an emergency response center to support the community when the next hurricane hits. 

-Viasat connectivity at no charge to the medical clinics and community members visiting the hub.
- Computers, 3D printer, design tools, maker tools available at no cost to visitors
- Full time open co-working space for at no cost to visitors
- 15+ corporate and nonprofit partners
- 800+ visitors who are interacting, learning, and using the internet
- 2000+ hours of internet usage driving training and facilitating information sharing
- 20+ workshops held to date in the areas of emergency response, health & wellness, women leadership, small business

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Find out what the community members say:

“We really needed this in Arroyo…This hub will help me further my career as a Business Administrator”
- Angel Miguel, Age 17, Business Student

“I’m glad the center is finally open… [I] bring my daughter here and do my own research while she gets the help and tools she needs to complete her assignments.”
- Darielys Gomez, Mother in Arroyo

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The “Plaza Mayor” for the Digital Age

Inspired by the historic role of the "Plaza Mayor” in Latino communities, our "Community Resiliency Hubs," are creating a centralized place to coordinate the local communities’ visioning for the future.

The hubs provide free wifi connectivity via satellite and access to technology tools like computers, 3D printers and “maker” and design materials. In addition, a series of open workshops are being held on a variety of subjects such as computer programing, disaster response, mental health, entrepreneurial frameworks, financial literacy, English skills, and women’s leadership.

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Dreams of people in Puerto Rico
as stated in our workshops:

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Gallery of Photos from Arroyo Center

 

Visit the Center

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Located inside Centro de Salud Familiar Dr. Julio Palmieri Ferri, Arroyo, the center is open to anyone who would like to come visit.