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SERES Global

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Youth Development Programs

Mission: SERES mission is to cultivate and catalyze youth leaders to build more just and sustainable communities.

Results: For the past 11 years we have has worked with youth-at-risk in Central America to build a movement of democratic civil society leaders. We have empowered more than 5,000 young leaders, facilitated over 110 programs, and supported hundreds of community action plans that address the most pressing global challenges. We have been recognized internationally as leaders in engaging young people to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals and build a more resilient and equitable future.

Target demographics: at-risk youth from low-income, marginalized areas in Guatemala and El Salvador, where climate vulnerability, environmental degradation, economic exclusion and limited opportunities are placing youth vulnerable to gangs, violence, and migration

Direct beneficiaries per year: 665 at-risk youth through 16 multi-day programs, who in turn reached over 2,722 people

Geographic areas served: Guatemala and El Salvador

Programs: leadership development, sustainability education, capacity development, mentoring, entrepreneurship training

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SERES is a fantastic organisation driven by strong leaders. I’ve worked closely with them on fundraising and various projects and campaigns and have had the opportunity to meet their developing youth leaders and view and support their projects and programming. The passion is visible and this translates into action which is creating positive sustainable change in their communities. It was both a wonderful feeling to be able to work with and support SERES, and an incredible learning experience.

hsaralicia

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SERES is an organization that has the youth right at the center. That is one of the things I like the most, besides their leadership model and how innovative they are in facilitating safe and creative spaces for young leaders to find their voice, co-create and put forward local projects that benefit their communities.

1 Nick.ImpactMarathon

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with SERES since 2017 and have been inspired and humbled by them throughout. There are so many ways to set up and focus on healing current, or short-term challenges - but it is only when we zoom out that we see that our biggest challenges need long term, systemic solutions. By training the future leaders, from a diverse array of backgrounds to be community leaders, to be driving change. It is a privilege to have worked alongside them for 3 Impact Marathons so far, and hopefully many more to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The transformation I have personally witnessed in marginalized young people in Guatemala and El Salvador over the past 5 years becoming leaders in their communities, standing up for their rights, facilitating opportunities for their peers to do so as well, creating safer, healthier more sustainable communities is astonishing! These young leaders are my heroes and heroines and have much to share with their peers around the world. Stand up, believe in yourself, find your leader within, stay home and change the world!

2 Lucia Solorzano T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became part of the ecosystem of SERES 6 month ago and so far, this amazing organization has unlock so many hard and soft skills so helpful for my professional development.
SERES is really progressive organization, that makes sure to bring safety, healthy and brave spaces for youth at-risk to unlock their best potential that helps them to thrive in their own communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My expirience with SERES has been amazing and wondeful, I love the way on how SERES includes the voices of young leaders from Guatemala and El Salvador, also the inclusive work with women.

2 Emily Neil

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the incredible opportunity to work with SERES as a communications officer from Nov. 2016 until Dec. 2017.

I cannot say enough about the depth and quality of the programming and network that SERES offers, which activates youth leadership in communities in Guatemala and El Salvador by empowering young people to ask what sustainability means to them, and then work together to create those changes that they want to see in their own communities, cities, regions, and countries.

Guatemala and El Salvador are two of the countries of the Northern Triangle that suffer high degrees of violence, the blunt and devastating effects of climate change, and countless other forces that have driven many to come to the U.S. Working with SERES for a year gave me an opportunity to not only better understand the challenges young people my age in the region are facing, but also witness firsthand what they are accomplishing and building in their local communities and at the broader national and regional levels.

As an organization, SERES is truly transparent, and practices what it preaches. Many of the staff members and leaders are youth that have gone through the program, and the network of youth leaders have a voice in decision-making at all levels, including representation on the Board of Directors.

I have learned so much from the youth leaders of SERES and am continually inspired by what the organization and every person who is a part of the SERES network are able to address and accomplish.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Focusing their energy on youth, SERES is making an impact on thousands of lives in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Through their programs, activities and initiatives they are catalyzing teens to nurture their leadership and entrepreneurship skills that will impact in their own lives, families and entire communities.

Thank you for your passion and love for youth!

2 Jacob Carter

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about the innovative work of SERES from their Board Chair, Sherry Miller, on a consulting trip to Guatemala. Their commitment to education for sustainability, youth leadership skills, and ground-up development struck me as unique within Guatemala and internationally. Then, in 2015, they were recognized by UNESCO as a leader in their field and they have only become more sophisticated and exceptional in the years following.

While living in Guatemala during 2015, I attended one of their three-day Actívate workshops where I witnessed youth coming together to form action plans that would transform their communities. On the third day, local government representatives came to hear presentations from participants on topics ranging from clean water and air to reproductive health. In this public format, the local government representatives responded to the project ideas with interest and invited these youth participants to join formal governing bodies in the town. It was clear to me that SERES was on to something big and, when invited to be on their Board of Directors, I humbly welcomed the opportunity to support this dynamic organization.

Since 2016, it has evolved in intentional ways, responding to experiences, data and feedback from their primary stakeholders all the while maintaining true to their core values. I encourage anyone interested in innovative and comprehensive programming related to youth leadership, regenerative design, sustainable development, and education and training to check out the website, learn more and to support this remarkable organization.

2 David158

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the last 7 years I have been continuously heart warmed by Project SERES. It's mission, staff and ever growing group of young people. 50 years ago I helped start a much smaller version of this super program in San Diego, CA. Project Seres is everything I had hoped for and more. Onward and upward SERES. I am very proud of you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with countless NGOs in Guatemala. SERES Global is ahead of the pack on so many levels. Excellent leadership, truly genuine, transparent, selfless. This is one group I will continue to support and follow indefinitely. Thank you, SERES, for your incredible work.

2 Mark M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Inspiring organisation creating a huge impact across communities in Guatemala. Having spent time with the SERES staff, their passion for creating positive change is incredible.

Their attitude towards development and how they work closely with people on the ground, lead by example and strive to do their best is amazing.

2 Corrina G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The dedication and commitment of SERES' staff never fails to take my breath away. They are an incredible team of local leaders and knowledge brokers working tirelessly for a better future for Central America. I am especially excited by what the future may hold now that it is under the leadership of these two phenomenal women!