Dear OYE Supporters:
Looking back on 2011, OYE has accomplished a lot. From a massive COPA OYE sports tournament that involved over 1,500 youth, to environmental projects in El Progreso and Cayos Cochinos, to Arte La Calle’s the creation of new Estilo OYE bracelets, to capacity building classes, and to scholarships that enable 91 OYE youth to access local secondary and university education – just to name a few achievements – OYE has made a significant and positive impact on the youth in El Progreso.
Madga Reyes, a recent University graduate who has spent four years as an OYE scholar, can attest to the positive change that OYE creates on a daily basis. Magda has recently graduated Suma Cum Laude from the National Autonomous University of Honduras with a degree in pedagogy. Not only that, but she was the valedictorian of her class.
“OYE was the critical piece that enabled me to complete my education and receive my degree in teaching and educational sciences," Magda says. "I would like to thank OYE from the bottom of my hear for the help you have provided me, raising my self-esteen day after day. My thanks to all of you will never end, and I hope that you continue proving to youth that they are the present of our country. You helped me discover the potential that I have as a leader; keep doing all you can to continue showing that to the youth of our country and, above all, our city."
Despite OYE's successes, the reality that the youth of Honduras find themselves in remains grim. Honduran youth are still dropping out of school by the tens of thousands. Unemployment levels combined with a lack of education, disintegrated families, frightened and distrustful communities, and a lack of recreation opportunities, among other variables, continue to draw too many youth to a more destructive life path that includes violence, drugs, and criminal involvement.
The obstacles these youth must overcome on a daily basis are immense. Fortunately, at OYE youth are committed to working towards making their country a better place. Change from within is never easy; if it were it would already be done. Real change – change you can touch and feel – happens only when you begin your journey with an open mind, unite with your peers, and strive to help one another grow. This is what we do at OYE. We support each other’s dreams, we push our friends to be better and know that they are there to do the same in return.
It is with wide and hopeful eyes that OYE’s youth are looking forward to 2012. Thank you for your continued support of OYE and for being a part of this monumental change.
Now nearly 9 months into their 2011 scholarship, OYE youth scholars are having a larger impact on their community than ever. In the past three months alone, OYE’s scholars have carried out a massive, citywide sports tournament that impacted over 1,500 youth, local fundraising initiatives, writing and designing the forthcoming edition of Revista Jóvenes youth magazine, and mural paintings.
The work of OYE youth does not stop there. Over the past three month, OYE scholars have worked closely with several international volunteers, who have offered a series of interesting and useful capacity building classes that have provided OYE scholars with new tools such as survival skills, yoga, English, and creative writing that they can utilize in and outside of the academic setting.
OYE youth are more committed than ever to taking control of their lives, becoming leaders, and being change-makers in their communities. We invite you to take a look at what the young leaders behind this inspiring youth organization have been up to recently.
Dear OYE Supporter:
Five months after awarding 91 youth from Honduras with OYE scholarships, OYE has been changing lives through leadership training, capacity-building, and opportunities to participate in OYE's many creative projects and programs. From the production of the bimonthly magazine Revista Jóvenes, to a two-part environmental protection project with Disney Friends for Change, and hosting volunteers from James Madison University and American University, among other successes, OYE has remained committed to empowering all of the youth who come through its doors while having a transformative impact on the greater Honduran community.
Every day OYE is finding new and innovative ways to use education to empower youth to take hold of their futures, become leaders, and contribute positively to society. In just three months, OYE has published 3000 copies of its latest edition of the bimonthly magazine Revista Jóvenes, carried out a river clean-up project, and carried out service projects throughout El Progreso with the help of international volunteers, among other projects.
Remember that supporting OYE's scholarship program is just the beginning of what we do. Each scholarship liberates OYE youth from the destructive path of gang involvement, violence, and drugs and allows them to focus on their education and development. The challenges that Honduran youth face today are not new, nor are they easily solved. However, OYE is helping develop a generation of leaders who are equipped with the tools and education necessary for making a difference.
We invite you to take a look at what our entirely youth-led organization has been up to recently and what events are ahead in the near future. The first five months of 2011 have been fantastic ones for OYE, and we hope this project report will provide you with a glimpse into the changes youth are inspiring here everyday in Honduras.
For more information or to learn how you can continue to support OYE, please visit us at our webpage: www.oyehonduras.org.
Thank you for your time and your continued support of Honduran youth!
Director of Institutional Marketing
After handing out a new round of 91 scholarships in January, OYE is currently serving the largest number of young scholars in its history. One of the pillars of OYE’s work remains its work in capacity building, a cycle of training sessions that are intended the strengthen the minds and voices of all 91 scholars. Youth-led training sessions take place every Friday and Saturday and they are meant to provide the OYE scholarship recipients with the tools and skills necessary for becoming effective leaders in their communities.
The training includes classes organized by OYE staff for the scholarship leaders of the radio, sports, visual arts, and magazine programs, as well as training sessions for each of the teams of students who make up these programs. More general training sessions are carried out with the scholarship recipients at large and cover topics like “What is OYE?”, “Self-Esteem,” “Sexuality,” “Personal Goals,” and “Family Disintegration,” among other topics.
In addition to preparing the scholarship recipients for future leadership within OYE, the capacity-building sessions seek to empower the individual, providing a means to address and discuss areas of insecurity that may influence the actions and emotions of the youth. While the discussions are led by OYE staff, who range from 21 to 28-years-old, the students play an active part in directing each of the training classes with their questions, comments, and observations.
Future capacity building classes to look forward to are the creative writing classes that will be coordinated by a local Honduran writer, Martin Calix, who has put together an excellent literature program for 25 OYE scholarship recipients. The purpose of the program is to educate Honduran youth about Honduran literature and poetry with the goal of inspiring stories from each one of the course participants. The end product will be a book, written in Spanish and translated into English, by Honduran Youth.
Thank you for your continued support of OYE’s programs, all of which are led by the at-risk youth that OYE serves. Without your support, we would not be able to continue empowering the inspiring youth of Honduras, who remain the present and future agents of positive change in this country.
Director of Communications
Dear Donor, As 2010 comes to a close OYE cannot thank you enough for your support. This has been another incredible year of growth and evolution for our young organization. After five short years, your support and our hard work has transformed a scholarship program based on bank accounts and debit cards into an integrated development system that foments the development of over 75 socially conscious youth leaders each year. OYE is proud to announce that your money is being directly invested in the youth of Honduras. With an administrative overhead of just 16%, 84 out of every $100 donated to OYE contribute directly to our projects, and benefit nearly 15,000 at-risk Honduran youth a year. At OYE, we leverage your money by creating youth-led projects that are sustainable and engage the whole community both inside and outside the offices of OYE. This year we are happy to announce that all of our projects are youth led. That is to say, OYE scholarship students whom have received capacity classes in the creation, management, and reporting of youth projects are the ones in charge of our radio group, youth magazine, scholarship program, study circle, capacity classes, inter-cultural exchange, and sports programs. Realizing this change is an important step in the process of creating youth leaders. Without your support, OYE would not have reached the level it is at today. We are proud to pass the reins and responsibility of project management to seven capable scholarship students, but the preparation for this step was not an overnight process. Each day of each year OYE works to build these capable and confident youth leaders that not only contribute to the sustainable growth and structure of this organization, but are both the present and future agents of positive change in Honduras. Thank you for your support, Samuel Rioux OYE Honduras Director of communications
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