Organización Juventud Ecuatoriana (JUVE), is a nonprofit organization established in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City founded by young Ecuadorians residing in the US. JUVE empowers the Ecuadorian and Hispanic community by providing seminars, workshops, and forums in education, leadership, financial management, human and civil rights, and other valuable areas to succeed in this society. JUVE promotes Ecuadorian heritage and culture through various projects & initiatives. Through the Ecuadorian Scholars Fund, JUVE supports and motivates Ecuadorians to obtain a college degree, and thus develop as professionals.
In March 2006, a group of young Ecuadorians who shared similar ideas and passion for altruism and community service, and also experienced the need for information and support; decided to create Juventud Ecuatoriana to empower the growing Ecuadorian community through education.
Informal meetings and the desire to make a difference in the community were used to structure, establish plans of action, and deﬁne the mission, vision, and objectives of the organization. In August 2006, the organization offered its ﬁrst seminar called Immigration Awareness Forum, with a panel of experts of law with extensive experience in immigration issues. Even though there were few attendees, it was the encouraging force to continue with the next project GED classes in Spanish (equivalent to the high school diploma in the United States).
Since its founding, Organización Juventud Ecuatoriana’s work has been possible thanks to the support of private donors, both individuals, and businesses, as well as grassroots activities and funds raised by its members.
It has been a challenging but rewarding journey, which has gradually positioned JUVE within very few recognized group of organizations in the NY Tri-State area that share similar goals. Moreover, the organization is characterized by its focus on education, altruism, and community awareness.