My Voice is Power: Shaping Honduran Youth Leaders

by Organization for Youth Empowerment
Jul 30, 2012

Youth leading projects in sports, health, and art

COPA OYE kids huddling
COPA OYE kids huddling

Racers sweating it out under the San Pedro Sula sun, fulfilling a life dream of running a marathon. Hundreds of fans cheering on athletes, watching teams get eliminated and celebrating the victors. Wise words from a nutritionist on how to eat and live in a healthy manner. Youth practicing yoga and selling artwork to locals for the first time in San Pedro Sula.

The past three months have been ones full of incredible initiatives in athletics, capacity building, art, and health, each of which has developed the knowledge and capacities of OYE’s 50+ scholars. Through OYE’s annual sports tournament, COPA OYE, and its participation in the San Pedro Sula Marathon, OYE has fulfilled its goal of promoting youth involvement in activities that keep them on a positive life path. These initiatives have not only helped youth establish goals, but they have also built self-esteem and provided youth with important life skills. Financially, the San Pedro Sula Marathon helped OYE raise over $3,000 in check and online donations alone – an amount that can have a true impact for a small non-government organization. And thanks to a partnership with WeYoga Center, OYE’s young artists have learned that their artwork is worth selling.

In other great news, the 10-minute OYE documentary, Cipotas Empoderadas (Empowered Girls), has recently been released. It features the stories of four young women whose lives were tranformed by OYE scholarships.

In the coming months OYE will continue to foster students’ leadership development and skills in the arts, communications, and sports. It will soon begin educating 50 youth in El Progreso to learn how to use Adobe’s photo-editing and video-editing tools, and it will be hosting a regional conference to unite youth leaders from Central America. It is an exciting time to be a part of OYE. As always, we thank you for your continued support and invite you to become part of the change.

RACE 4 OYE in San Pedro Sula
RACE 4 OYE in San Pedro Sula
OYE's art program in action
Rosa, OYE scholar, using a donated computer
Rosa, OYE scholar, using a donated computer
Imagine Your Future - OYE
Imagine Your Future - OYE's newest mural



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Organization for Youth Empowerment

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Amanda Hall
Development Coordinator
Washington, DC United States
$34,711 raised of $50,000 goal
235 donations
$15,289 to go
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