Clinton, Slim launch Mexican youth project

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Posted: Apr 22, 2011 5:03 PM
Clinton, Slim launch Mexican youth project

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim are launching a project using soccer to encourage 900 teenagers and young adults to return to school in a border state ravaged by drug violence.

Renato Flores, spokesman for the Fundacion Carlos Slim, said Friday that the project will transform lessons and intellectual skills developed through sports into marketable job skills for youth in the northern state of Chihuahua.

The Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative says in a news release that the program will involve people ages 16 to 24.

Flores says both foundations will provide an undisclosed amount of money to the project and monitor its development through a local organization in Ciudad Juarez, epicenter of the drug war.