Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep Students Participate in "Global Entrepreneurship Week" Summit with Haiti Prime MinisterHonorable Laurent Lamothe
On November 16, 2012, students from Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep attended the "Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Haiti" discussion hosted by St. Thomas University's School of Business and with special guest Honorable Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti. The ACND group represented the only high school invited to attend. The rest were university undergraduate students that volunteer in the community – in particular Miami’s Haitian community. Prime Minister Lamothe's speech culminated a week-long series of events at St. Thomas as part of the nationally celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week.
In his discussion, the Prime Minister spoke about social entrepreneurship in Haiti through partnerships with the United States. The main theme of the Prime Minister’s talk was the outlook for the future of Haiti. He discussed "surcharges" to ensure every Haitian child from 1st grade through 6th grade could attend school at no cost to their family. They have currently collected $1 Million towards their $1.75 Million yearly need.
Prime Minister Lamothe stated that the only way to true freedom (liberation) is through education. A similar philosophy carried out at ACND that practices the Blessed Edmund Rice's methodology -- to empower people through education and "helping people to help themselves.”
Following the Prime Minister’s discussion Professors and Student Interns of the Center for Justice Peace provided a 30-minute workshop for the ACND high school students and discussed ways that college students can be involved in community work and volunteerism, and also things high school students can do to help them prepare for college.
The ACND students that participated were: Shatorreia Edgecombe (12th grade); Kazonte Lockett (12); Whitney Noel (11); Briana Joseph (11); Philipp Cheron (12); Derotie Pierre (11); Milienne Bonenfant (11); Di-Stephano Accilien (12); Kareen Etiene (12); Christine Masseus (11); Daniel Dareus (12); Jackysha Jean (12); Golding Maurice (10); Tiffany Ospin (11); Ashllyne Cherry (11); Maniola Mompremier (10); Roddy Meme (12); Brenda Delburn (11); Karen Jean-Louis (10); Karlmax Deshommes (10); Naika Imbert (10); Dominique Etiene (10); Anassthasia Poitier (11); Jamal Mapp (11); Marlin Harris (10); Marc Andy Guillaume (10); Lexus Holden (11); Martin Piquion (10); Karen Jean Francois (10); Dino Lefevre (12); Fabiola Registre (11); Stanley Celestin (11); Tania Pierre (11); Kathiana Dureny (12); Erlandie Belledant (11); Galisa Hyppolite (12); Mayer Casseus (10); Katiana Desarmes (10); Steve Renelien (11); and Chris Moss (12.)