Organization for Youth Empowerment

Rating: 4.88 stars   8 reviews


3351 18th St Nw Washington DC 20010 USA


OYE is a youth-led organization that develops the leadership and capacity of at-risk Honduran youth. OYE’s integrated development approach combines academic scholarships, youth capacity building, and community engagement to inspire and equip young people with the awareness and skills they need to take control of their own lives. The final goal is the empowerment of socially conscious youth who will emerge as leaders and agents of positive change in the Honduran community.


Since 2005, 339 students have received life-changing OYE scholarships and become youth leaders, role-models, and mentors in their community.

Target demographics:

Low-income, at-risk youth in El Progreso, Honduras

Direct beneficiaries per year:

628 youth participants directly affecting 3,640 community youth

Geographic areas served:

El Progreso, Honduras and surrounding area.


Academic Program, Capacity Building and Leadership Program, Institutional Strengthening Program, and Community Engagement Program which includes: OYE El Ritmo, OYE’s radio program; Jovenes, a quarterly youth magazine; COPA OYE, an annual sports tournament; Cultural Exchange Program and La Calle, a local public art/mural project.

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Reviews for Organization for Youth Empowerment

Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the first class of OYE grow up to be the current staff members, and watching my own students connect to the experiences of children living in the "third world" take opportunities/ and nurture relationships that they take for granted,

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its reach to other Latin American nations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the young people involved grow into educated, empowered, and successful adults.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of anything!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my participation and working alongside them in all of their endeavors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

stick to a specific activity each day rather than trying to cover a multitude of issues every day.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The first time I volunteered at OYE I met a child who would hardly look at me let alone speak to me. Six months later that same child was quickly becoming a leader in his radio project. After another four months I returned again, and now I would be working directly with this boy who before could hardly look at me. Now the shy timid youth was the coordinator of his own art program and leading 15 other youth. All because OYE believed in him and gave him the responsibility.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Its har to say what I would like to change about the organization. The greatest thing I'd like to see happen is that all of the people supporting these project and these kids have the chance to visit Honduras and experience them first hand. Working as the volunteer coordinator I believe that there is something incredibly powerful about visiting an organization like OYE, and it doesn't matter how old you are or how much experience you have there is always something new to learn.

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