Panama, May 17th 2018 (SIGNIS-ALC). From May 15-20, the international meeting for the training of young communicators of the SIGNIS ALC Joven program is taking place in Panama City.

SIGNIS ALC Joven is a training program for young journalists between the ages of 23 and 27, members of SIGNIS in Latin America. The aim is to train them in the socio-political, intercultural, spiritual and technical fields. The initiative is done in collaboration with the Episcopal Conference of Panama.

Eleven countries in Latin America are represented by 14 young people: Argentina (Solange Didiego), Brazil (Ricardo Alvarenga), Chile (Jorge Zúñiga), Costa Rica (Andrés González), Cuba (Amalia Ramos, Jorge nodal, Adrian Martinez) Ecuador (Daniela Maggi), Mexico (Raul Cereceda, Mitzy Espinosa Los Monteros), Panama (Orlando Sánchez), Paraguay (Gabriela Rivas), Peru (Dauri Pérez) and the Dominican Republic (Marina Lorenzo).

During the training week, in addition to receiving intensive training on the development of communication projects, the young participants will attend several workshops on important topics, such as education, leadership, audiovisual production, communication and communication. values, communication and citizenship, and spirituality in the image.

The program has been prepared on the basis of the pastoral methodology "see-judge-act". The goal is for participants to engage in actions that focus on transforming the problems and challenges of Latin American reality via communication, from a critical and Christian point of view.

Workshops will be delivered by a communications and journalism expert from Chile, Jaime Carril, as well as key directors of SIGNIS ALC, including Carlos Alberto Ferraro, president of SIGNIS-ALC and a member of SIGNIS-Argentina; María José Centurión, Vice President of SIGNIS-ALC and member of SIGNIS-Paraguay; Jorge Villa, SIGNIS-Cuba; Lisa Bhajan, SIGNIS Caribbean; Alejandro Caro, SIGNIS Chile and Fernando Ruiz, SIGNIS Peru. Edgar Rubio of SIGNIS International is also present.

Special meetings will also be organized with young volunteers of World Youth Day in Panama and with members of the Association of Catholic Communicators of Panama.

The meeting was officially opened with a welcome mass presided over by Archbishop Domingo Ulloa, the current Archbishop of Panama, in the chapel of the Spiritual Retreat House Monte Alverna.

The SIGNIS ALC Joven program officially started in November 2017. Since then, virtual conferences are given every month by experts from different fields, such as Laudato Si, World Youth Day, or well-being. In addition, as part of the training process, young people have developed communication products focusing on the needs and problems of young people in different Latin American countries. The idea is that they then develop communication projects that provide a solution to these difficulties.

The first phase of the program will culminate with the WYD Panama 2019, an event where youth participants will present their communication projects and carry out stories.

For more information, contact Claudia Oleas at +593 969676239 or redes@signisalc.org, or Sonia Navas at +593 999731551.