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.
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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May 7, 2013

Going Beyond Becas

The mantra in OYE is that we are about much more than just becas (scholarships). There is no denying that the economic aid helps OYE’s scholars attend school, but the real prize that OYE offers its beneficiaries is the opportunity to grow and learn. OYE picks up where the formal education system falls short, and this means reinforcing and offering tutoring in basic academic materials; capacity building classes to address self-esteem, sexuality, gender roles and bias, reproductive health, mental health, and leadership; and creating unique spaces for youth to express themselves and grow through hands-on experience.

This year OYE is opening its doors to the greater El Progreso community. Opening our doors means that OYE is reaching out to all of El Progreso’s at-risk youth population. You no longer need a scholarship from the institution to participate in art classes, learn how to edit and broadcast your own radio show, or write articles and publish articles in a youth operated magazine. Scholarship students are inviting their friends and family to join them at OYE and share in the life-changing and empowering programs they have developed.

OYE is excited to see our scholars grow as leaders and our programs fill with new participants. The participation of students not receiving scholarships is a testament to the importance and strength of our other programs. Perhaps one day we will go beyond becas entirely and dedicate all our resources to teaching, empowering, and preparing thousands of at-risk youth to be young professionals and leaders. 


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