My Voice is Power: Shaping Honduran Youth Leaders

by Organization for Youth Empowerment
Nov 28, 2012

Art is Just a Start - OYE Gears up for the Future

Local youth receive multi-media class
Local youth receive multi-media class

OYE's last three months have been a hectic combination of art, multi-media, and preparation for the future. Thanks to the support of foundations like Global Giving and Seattle International OYE has been able to aggressively pursue project and program growth. Financial stability in the form of foundation support and new donors, Inter-American Foundation and KM2 Solutions, have laid the foundation for OYE to increase its number of scholarships and the scope of its programs.

August, September, and October have been keystone months in the preparation for OYE's future. Youth coordinators, managing their projects, have been more involved than ever in the process of planning OYE's growth. Each youth-led project coordinator has developed plans to increase the financial autonomy of their projects and leverage donations to have a greater impact on the community of at-rick Honduran youth. For OYE's magazine program, youth coordinator, Yari Yanez, is excited to announce the acquisition of in-house printing technology that will significantly decrease the margin cost of publishing. Gerald Velasquez, OYE's art coordinator, is planning an exhibition of local art to sell youth produced art and raise funds to re-invest in his program. OYE's Radio group, also led by Yarli Yanez, will be starting a variety of income generating initiatives from professional recording services to hosting concerts.

Beyond planning for the transition into self-sufficiency OYE's youth-led projects intend to produce a greater impact in El Progreso's at-risk youth community in the coming year. The youth participating in OYE's projects will be taking their training and skills on the road to share with the community at large. This means that OYE's are students will be supply local schools with art supplies and classes designed to empower other youth and present alternatives to drugs and crime. Art has proven to be a powerful therapeutic tool reaching out and giving voice to at-risk youth. Likewise, OYE's Radio program will be offering its training and service to local youth populations. After capacitating new community members, OYE will seek to incorporate other youth NGOs and student groups into its radio programing. This will serve as an interesting way to incorporate diversity into the station and broad the listening audience.

Suyapa Reyes, one of OYE's founding scholars, recently graduated from La Universidad Autonoma de Honduras. With her bachelors degree in International Relations Suyapa is a true story of success and the ability to overcome diversity. Since Suyapa joined OYE in 2005, she has been a consistent source of happiness and leadership for OYE's other youth. Depsite personal obstacles Suyapa has never stopped marching forward and has always been available for others to turn to in their times of need. OYE is proud to have helped such a talented young lady achieve her dream of high education and economic intedependence, as Suyapa is now happily employed.

OYE's art program was asked to paint two very distinct murals in October. One was sponsored by KM2 Solutions, a call center in San Pedro Sula, and the other was done in conjunction with El Progreso's Health Center. Very different in nature, both murals offered unique challenges and learning opportunities for OYE art students. At KM2 OYE scholar-artist Gerald and Oscar collaborated with a local artist to blend more than three different techniques into one interesting and diverse mural. Although confined to a small area the mural catches the eye and has a big impact.

OYE's mural at the Health Center is more than expansive. It expands approximately 100 feet of bare wall, but it also presents an expanse of images reflecting different health themes. The final project gives new life and draws new attention to what was once an inconspicious eye-soar unrecognizable as a health center.

In conclusion, the last 3 months have been full of growth. Personal growth has been a key aspect in our youth empowerment programs, and the added responsiblity of planning for future expansion has catalyzed our youth leaders personal growth. finally, we are excited to grow the number of OYE's beneficiaries as we incorporate more local at-risk youth.

Gerald & Oscar put finishing touches on KM2 Mural
Gerald & Oscar put finishing touches on KM2 Mural



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Organization for Youth Empowerment

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Amanda Hall
Development Coordinator
Washington, DC United States
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