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.
May 20, 2014

OYE Youth Projects in Full Swing in 2014

Icebreakers with local youth to initiate day camp
Icebreakers with local youth to initiate day camp

As May comes to a close and we approach our 9th Anniversary, we are reminded that our work with at-risk Honduran youth would not be possible without the generosity of supporters like you. Because of your support, this year we are able to provide academic scholarships to over 60 youth in El Progreso and reach even more through our capacity-building and community engagement programs.

2014 ushered in a new team of youth coordinators, eight scholars who have dedicated their time and effort to bring our five community action programs to new heights. Participation in the community action programs not only provides an opportunity for our youth to put into practice the skills they acquire in the capacity-building and leadership program, but also serves as a medium of expression to engage with at-risk youth who do not directly benefit from our programs and create positive change in their communities.

So far in 2014, the magazine program organized a day of leadership and teambuilding activities at a home for street boys; the art program painted an environmental mural at a local elementary school and a health-related mural at a public health center in a nearby community; the radio program planned an excursion to a nearby waterfall, which not only provided an affordable opportunity for local youth to enjoy one of Honduras’ hidden gems, but also raised funds for the program; the graphic design program created a video on leadership and the wants of Honduran youth; and the sports program organized an athletic field day.

In collaboration with university volunteers from the United States, a local elementary school and the municipal government of El Progreso, our youth executed yet another river clean-up and reforestation event along the Pelo River, followed-up by the painting of a mural and an environmental campaign the local elementary school next to the clean-up and reforestation site.

In a country where the economy continues to deteriorate, unemployment soars, violence reigns and the term “youth” is often followed by “delinquents” in the minds of many, we at OYE believe in the importance of investing in and showing our confidence in the youth of Honduras.

We are eternally grateful to all of you who have shown your support for our youth over the past nine years and with your continued support, we will persist in pursuing our mission to provide at-risk Honduran youth with the tools and resources they need to continue their education, create change in their communities and contribute to the positive development of Honduras.

Socializing river clean-up and reforestation event
Socializing river clean-up and reforestation event
Paiting environmental mural at local school
Paiting environmental mural at local school
Tug-of-war during sports project
Tug-of-war during sports project's field day

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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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