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
El Progreso, Yoro; Honduras
Organization for Youth Empowerment continues to expand the resources and opportunities it offers at-risk Honduran youth.
This month OYE will be introducing two new projects that promote Honduran art and culture. These projects have been designed by OYE`s youth scholars, and as they are implemented and managed the responsibility for them will remain entirely in the students hands. In this way OYE is realizing its goal of creating socially conscious youth leaders.
In addition to OYE`s two new projects, OYE is forming strong and positive links between like minded NGOs and non-profits in El Progreso. By creating a community of youth oriented non-profits OYE seeks to strengthen a positive civil-society network that will encourage the growth and development of the El Progreso.
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Along with recent events and achievements, now is a time to reflect on the long term accomplishments of Honduras’ Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE). This past week marks the fifth year anniversary of OYE. Over the past five years OYE has cultivated a strong sense of community in El Progreso, Honduras, and created lasting changes by educating and empowering youth to be positive leaders among their peers. Since its founding in 2005, OYE has expanded to sponsor 75 scholarships. 75 at risk Honduran youth are given the tools they need to attain the education and resources necessary to be agents of change in their communities.
Long term success of OYE can be measured by its most recent achievements. For instance, OYE Ritmo (The Radio Program) has just hosted its second successful concert with Honduran star Guillermo Anderson. Planned, organized, and executed by OYE Scholarship students this concert brought together members of the Progreso community to celebrate the culture and music of Honduras.
Additionally, last week 58 OYE scholarship students graduated from a four month long capacity building program. During the program, OYE scholars explored topics designed to educate and empower them. Over the four months students discussed what OYE meant to them personally and as an organization. They addressed challenging and important topics such as self-esteem, family/domestic issues, and what their national identity consisted of. The OYE scholars set personal goals that will contribute to their success present and future. The culmination of this capacity building program addressed the taboo issue of sexuality. On Friday, June 4th, the final capacity building session was held in conjunction with Comvida, a Honduran non-profit focused on youth health, community involvement, and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Everyone’s hard work on this project produced 58 qualified and confident young leaders that have the responsibility to share their knowledge with the community.
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