Organization for Youth Empowerment

OYE has served the at-risk youth population of El Progreso, Honduras since its foundation in 2005. Through the years, OYE has evolved from a straightforward scholarship program to an integrated educational and leadership program with the mission of forming socially-conscious youth leaders who are agents of change in their communities. We envision a society where Honduran youth are active contributors to the positive development of their country.
Feb 19, 2014

New Scholars Join OYE at River Clean-Up

Welcoming Ceremony 2014
Welcoming Ceremony 2014

OPENING CEREMONY 2014

The Entrega de Becas, our annual welcoming ceremony for first time and returning scholarship students and their families, was an exciting way to kick off 2014. The event created an opportunity for OYE's first time scholars and families to learn about OYE. The remarkable attendance and energy of the scholars and their families can only be a sign of great things to come this year.

Highlights of the event include:

  • 87% of the scholarship students in attendance (55 of 63)
  • Over 50 mothers, fathers and siblings in attendance
  • Introduction to OYE´s mission, vision and values
  • Dynamic presentations by this year´s youth coordinators 

 

SCHOLAR'S VOICE

Heyli Aguilar joined OYE three years ago as a reserved and diffident girl. Today she is a confident leader assuming the role of Sports Program Coordinator.

"Three years ago I applied for and was awarded a scholarship at OYE. The first year I felt isolated from the group because I was afraid to participate in the activities; but since I enjoy playing sports, I asked to form part of the Sports project. In the Sports project I enjoyed myself and bonded with the other OYE students. 

"OYE has provided me with more than just economic help, it has helped me socially, morally, and with my inter-personal communication."

For more information on OYEs youth leaders, click here.

 

HANDS ON EL PROGRESO

Angie Dusenberry first met OYE during a volunteer trip in March 2013. OYE had the pleasure of hosting Angie as a month-long volunteer in January. Among the various projects she realized for OYE, the most notable was "Hands on El Progreso," a day of volunteer service.

The volunteer event consisted of a major neighborhood clean-up and reforestation project along the bank of the Pelo River. Angie mobilized over 70 volunteersincluding students, residents, and authority figures. Over50 bags of trash were collected and more than 100 trees were planted along the bank of the river to prevent corrosion.

For more details, check out our blog post here.

"Hands on El Progreso"
"Hands on El Progreso"

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Nov 6, 2013

Oscar Attends Youth Conference in Uruguay

Oscar Osorio
Oscar Osorio

OYE is proud to announce that one of our own youth scholars, Oscar Osorio, has been selected to attend the Seminario Iberoamericano sobre Juventud, estrategias de social media y nuevas tecnologías, organizada por OIJ - Organización Iberoamericana de Juventud y la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) from 18th - 22nd, November, 2013. The Iberian Youth seminar invites talented young people from across Latin American to discuss development via social media and new technology.

Oscar, an at-risk Honduran youth, joined OYE in 2011. The academic scholarship caught his attention as a means of continuing his formal studies. However, as an OYE scholar Oscar took advantage of everything. Over the past three years he has grown both personally and professionally. His fellow scholarship students, friends, and family note many positive changes in Oscar's confidence and self awareness.

Upon joining OYE each scholarship recipient participates in leadership and capacity building classes and a hands-on youth led civic engagement project. Oscar went beyond the core capacity building classes and assisted optional resume building workshops and anything we made available. His involvement in the NGO and its projects has gone far beyond a simple volunteer. He actively participates and absorbs the lessons OYE can provide.

The greatest contribution that Oscar has made to both the NGO and his own development has been through his youth-led civic engagement project, Revista Jovenes. Revista Jovenes is OYE's youth-run magazine. Oscar has been a key member of the magazine group. He has developed the in-house technical skills to design and print the magazine. His efforts to learn graphic design and print setting have given the youth-run magazine an unprecedented independence. Conversely, Oscar has assumed an incredible level of responsability.

I cannot think of anyone more deserving or appropriate to attend this youth conference. The trip to Uruguay will be Oscar's first excursion outside of his home country, but we are confident that he will be a great ambassador for OYE and Honduras. His charasmatic attitude, drive, and unique experience will make him a very interesting participant.

Your donations and support are essential in the formation of confident young leaders like Oscar. Were it no for you and OYE, Oscar would not be traveling to Uruguay and attending this conference. As the holiday season approaches remember that your gift, one time or monthly, makes a huge difference for the at-risk Honduran youth we work with.

Oscar Osorio with Volunteer Angie Dusenberry
Oscar Osorio with Volunteer Angie Dusenberry
Example of Oscar
Example of Oscar's Graphic Design

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Aug 7, 2013

OYE Celebrates 8 Years

2013 Photo Tour
2013 Photo Tour

Dear friends of OYE,                                                                            July 2013

As OYE celebrates its 8th anniversary, we are once again reminded that the work we do with the young people of Honduras and their families is both rewarding and challenging. We also fully realize that donors like you are the reason OYE recently celebrated its 8th anniversary. 

We’ve come a long way and are now led by the leadership, talent and dedication of young Hondurans like our new executive director, Maria de los Angeles Mejia. Maria, who recently earned graduate degrees in non-profit management and business administration, is poised to take OYE to a whole new level! Welcome Maria!! 

From the donor to the classroom: Your commitment to OYE’s work has increased our capacity to reach more youth than ever before. As violence in Honduras continues to escalate, OYE’s impact goes beyond the classroom.

  • 9 women graduated from college since 2005
  • Trained over 90 students in new media through the Adobe Youth Voice program
  • Directly involved over 80% of participants parents and family members
  • Reached out to over 5,000 local youth through OYE’s scholarship run communication programs
  • Built cultural exchange opportunities for over 60 international volunteers annually

Behind each of the numbers mentioned above are stories of youth and their families succeeding, made possible by you. Stories like that of teenager Amer Perez, who joined OYE in 2009, leveraged his scholarship to take private English lessons, graduated from high school, and is now working part-time at a bilingual international call center to support his single-mother and younger brother; or Gerald Velasquez, a once soft-spoken teen, who today attends college and guides OYE’s city mural program. These are two examples, among many, of the talented and driven OYE teens that given the opportunity overcome enormous obstacles to realize their potential as engaging and empowering youth leaders. 

Your donations are having a direct positive impact on the lives of at-risk Honduran youth.   YOU are part of the OYE family and we need you to keep going!

Your support and involvement has taken us a long-way, and we ask that you make another generous donation this year. In return we promise to continue doing our best to change the lives of our students.

Sincerely,

 Maria de Los Angeles         Justin Eldridge-Otero      Ana Luisa Ahern

           Director                           Founder                    Founder

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