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EMPOWERING YOUTH IN CUBA SO THEY MAY BECOME THE AUTHOR OF THEIR OWN FUTURES

As a non-profit, non-partisan network of more than 4,000 students and young professionals across the U.S. & abroad focused on empowering Cuban youth, we work to inspire young people across the globe to think about Cuba and proactively support our young counterparts on the island through innovative means.


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"Roots of Hope has gone beyond the talking phase to taking action. It needs to be supported and applauded every chance we get." — GLORIA ESTEFAN / Grammy Award-winning singer
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WHY CUBA?

Right now, 11 million people in Cuba are systematically denied the ability to exercise their most fundamental rights and actualize their full potential. Living under the Western Hemisphere’s last dictatorship, Cuba’s people are denied their most basic rights of free speech, free association and information freedom.

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"Working with Roots of Hope has been inspiring. The group's support was a clear sign of new trends and thought with regards to Cuba." — JUANES / Singer-songwriter
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CUBAN YOUTH TECHNOLOGY

In Cuba, the everyday gadgets we often take for granted are more than cool accessories; they represent a means for personal empowerment. In a country where less than 5% of the population has Internet access, youth in Cuba are using cellphones to connect with each other and the outside world, and exchange flash drives share music, information, books, and other media like never before. Unfortunately, technology and access to the Internet are prohibitively expensive for most Cubans. That’s why we launched Tech4Cuba - to provide youth in Cuba the hardware they need to boost their connectivity by gathering new, used, and broken phones, flash drives, laptops, and tablets. Hardware is refurbished and sent directly to youth on the island.

Want to donate an item or host a tech drive for youth in Cuba? Learn more here.

EMPOWER

A CUBAN ENTREPRENEUR

In recent years, thousands of Cubans have launched their own small businesses, fueled by the hope of bettering their lives and achieving greater personal autonomy. Starting your own business is particularly challenging in Cuba, where fundamental elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem are developing slowly. To support Cuban youth who aspire build a better Cuba through their own businesses we created StartUp Cuba. By mobilizing young people around the world to support training and immersive learning programs, together we are developing a new generation of socially conscious entrepreneurs. We are building a movement! Will you join us?

Visit  StartUp Cuba to support Cuba's emerging entrepreneurs!

TRAVEL

WITH A PURPOSE

Traveling to Cuba can be an extremely rewarding experience for both you and those on the island. As a guide to socially responsible travel and exchange, Discover Cuba provides you with the resources needed to experience all of Cuba’s beauty, while immersing yourself in the lives of ordinary Cubans. By traveling in a socially responsible way, we each have the ability to empower local entrepreneurs, provide greater connectivity to those we meet, and create a community built on mutual dreams and hopes that will allow Cubans to better realize their potential.    

Download Discover Cuba here

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LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Since 2003, Roots of Hope has sponsored leadership summits at various academic forums, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, The University of Miami, and Boston College.

Our summits encourage students and young professionals to explore Cuba’s complex reality by interacting with distinguished scholars, activists, and leaders. By educating ourselves, embracing debate and reaching out to our counterparts on the island, we aim to define the role of youth in promoting a better future for Cuba. These conferences have fostered the development of national student and young professional networks to promote further activities on a local and regional level.

To learn more about upcoming summits in your area, sign up to receive our newsletter.

RUN4ROOTS

JOIN THE TEAM

Run4Roots is designed to bring a sense of purpose to the training our members often undergo for their athletic events by providing a fundraising platform and training materials. Every step you take will help support our on-island initiatives and every mile you run will help inspire Cuban youth. Our members are always training for 5K, 10K, half marathons, and full marathons. If you are interested in joining or supporting our runners,

visit RunforRoots.org for more information

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