Working with OYE showed me that in a short time you can help change lives and that there are people in the world who are "paying it forward" and working to connect our global community. The staff was great, the mission was clear, and the experience was unlike any other. Every teen, every college student around the world should take the time out to empower these exceptional teens working through inconveniences in the name of progress!
I had the pleasure of volunteering with OYE about 5 years ago when the organization was still in its beginning stages. It has been amazing for me to see how this grassroots organization has grown over the years. It is incredible how the ideals of just a couple of young people, transformed into action, has created such positive change for the lives of the children they reach and the community as a whole. It has truly been inspirational for me to have been involved with OYE.
OYE puts all the money raised directly into programs and direct aid to the youth the organization serves. It has one of the lowest overheads and you can be assured whether you volunteer, donate or become involved, your time and money will not be wasted. Kids who have so little are doing so much with their lives.
The Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) is a youth-led organization located in El Progreso, Honduras which works to create a new generation of leaders.
Founded in 2005, OYE was built on the belief that if presented with the necessary tools and training, youth hold the potential to transform their society. In a region where the talents and aspirations of youth are ignored by communities and governments alike, OYE's vision is to infuse youth with the training and experience necessary to BE the change in their communities. Built on the approach of youth leading youth, OYE works to create a society where young people have a voice and become the primary actors in determining their futures. By involving youth in every step of OYE's youth development programs (magazine, radio, sports, art) young people become empowered by assuming leadership roles at a relatively young age. The results have been astounding as youth, who would otherwise be considered marginalized, are leading community wide efforts to address everything from environmental protection to advocating for the importance of education among their peers. It is through these efforts that OYE helps youth become active, responsible leaders who are committed to inspiring positive change for themselves and their country.
OYE's core value has always revolved around education, which it supports by providing academic scholarships (high school and college) to promising students who would otherwise be denied an education and most likely be forced into some sort of child labor in efforts to help support their families. The tools students gain from their experiences in OYE's integrated youth leadership training programs are imeasurable and go far beyond what is provided by a formal education.
Having been fortunate enough to work with OYE over the past six years, it has been a humbling experience to watch timid and passive youth blossom into young people who believe in themselves and believe in the change they can bring to their country. OYE knows that change must come from within. The future is now in Honduras and OYE's youth leaders are seizing the day. As an OYE youth group slogan reads, "Mi Voz es Poder."
My Voice Is Power. Now, more than ever before, Honduran youth are speaking up and leading the way.
OYE provided me with one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! Their organization and strong outreach into all segments of El Progresso's population allowed them to have a strong and positive impact on the community around them. Their willingness to tackle a variety of problems and give responsibility to the students themselves allows participants to gain life and career skills that are useful and critical for their individual futures. OYE's capacity to work globally with American students like myself ensures that it will maintain a strong presence in the long run. Whether it is a trip to a local orphanage or skill or doing its multi-faceted radio program, OYE is a testament to the future solutions for the El Progresso community and beyond. I look forward to being witness to its ever growing progress in the future.
OYE, MI Voz Es Poder! What an incredible organization and unparalleled experience. Nowhere else in the world have I come across an organization with such a clear and positive mission--empower youth to create socially conscious agents of change--that permeates all the work it does. Oye was created by youth, is run by youth, and directly benefits youth. Its goals are achieved everyday by its existence, but its programs and projects fortify and deepen its impact. OYE equips 90 students with scholarships and capacity/life building skill classes. These students learn about topics ranging from sexual education to project management. After learning they begin teaching, OYE's youth participate in projects that they manage amplifying the voice and positive impact of OYE.
Beyond all its other great attributes, OYE's highest quality in its love. Once you come to OYE as a students, volunteer, employee, or donor you are part of this community. The office becomes a second home, and you know that no matter what happens there is always a place for you within OYE's 4 walls.
OYE agreed to work with Mary Baldwin College two years ago providing an international social work internship opportunity for our seniors in the field. The partnership has been an unbelievable, life changing experience for our students. OYE has provided them a culturally diverse experience to work alongside Honduran youth. The staff is proud of the difference OYE makes in Progreso and contributes a progressive approach to working with youth.
Thank you very much for this opportunity to inform you about the Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE), an independent, sustainable youth organization in El Progreso, Honduras.
OYE began in 2005 with a vision of a society where young people have a powerful voice and the knowledge and resources to effectively use it to create change in their lives. We believed that by fully participating in their own development, young Hondurans would be empowered to become active, responsible leaders in their community. We are proud to say that today OYE is a dynamic, fast-growing, and inspiring organization run by Honduran youth who are creating positive change for themselves and their country.
OYE is, at its core, a youth education organization. We provide academic scholarships to students who would otherwise be denied an education due to economic barriers. However, OYE views access to formal education as merely the first step toward youth empowerment and our integrated development approach goes far beyond traditional academic learning. We train young leaders by providing them access to capacity building, leadership training and community engagement opportunities- all of which inspire and equip them with the awareness and skills they need to take control of their own lives.
OYE is an innovative, dynamic, and inspirational youth-led organization that puts the power to make positive change directly into the hands of young people themselves. I consider myself lucky to be involved with OYE for over six years and OYE forever holds a special and important place in my heart.