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  

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.

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

meeting the youth and the difference the OYE has made in their lives. Children who were destined to a life of poverty are instead given a chance to receive an education and grow up to be a future leader in their own communities.

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

give them more resources so that more scholarships could be given to deserving youth.

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