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Jose studied Psychology, has a Master's in Projects Management, and is currently enrolled in LSE's Development Management Master Program as Chevening Scholar. Jose first started organizing Punk Rock Concerts as fundraisers for social causes. He worked as Social Development Advisor for local governments and as consultant for the EU in Central American Border Zones. He then founded the NGO Fundación Acción Joven (FAJ) using his own savings. FAJ uses participatory methodology to prevent school dropouts of at-risk students in public high schools. It has developed alliances with the Costa Rican Ministries of Education, Welfare, Culture, Security, and private firms. The Government recently declared it as "Organization of Public National Interest". Jose achieved a reform of the University Volunteering Law, is an ASHOKA Fellow, was named "National Peace Builder" by the Ministry of Justice and elected by the local business newspaper as one of the 40 most successful young people in Costa Rica. He regularly works with Ministers of Education and Welfare designing social policies for at-risk youth.
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