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