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Brazilian priest helps young people from peripheries find jobs and make connections

In 2019, Pope Francis challenged young people to breathe new life into the economy. From that call, the Economy of Francesco, an event that takes place each year and brings young entrepreneurs and economists together to offer ideas to improve the world, was born.

One of these entrepreneurs is Fr. Vilson Groh, a Brazilian priest dedicated to providing education and aid to people in need in rural parts of Brazil.

Founder, Fr. Vilson Groh Institute
This is our path, and through the tool of education, we create spaces for them to reach for their dreams, seeing hope in the eyes of a child, a teen, a young person. Currently, we work with 6,000 children, young people, and teens in this networking project all the way to university.

We work with food pantries, and, at this time, we help put food on the tables of 20,000 people.

The Fr. Vilson Groh Institute strives to help young people have access to education, make connections and form networks. The focus is to offer them opportunities to enter into the competitive job market.

Founder, Vilson Groh Institute
I believe that our most important work is, in fact, with these houses, with these spaces, to embody Pope Francis' economy, when he says to revive the economy, to put it at the service of life, at the service of the common good, at the service of social justice and to break with indifference.

In Assisi, the third edition of the Economy of Francesco, Fr. Groh is just one of many entrepreneurs focused on breathing life back into the economy.