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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 decade SERES has worked with marginalized youth in Central America to build a movement of democratic civil society leaders. SERES has been recognized internationally as a leader in engaging young people to tackle the sustainable development goals and build a more resilient and equitable future. SERES has trained thousands of youth, inspiring many to become involved in local governance, civil society and national movements, addressing issues such as climate change, human rights, environmental justice, gender equality and bio-cultural preservation.

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: 497 at-risk youth through 23 multi-day programs, who in turn reached over 20,000 people

Geographic areas served: Guatemala and El Salvador

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

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!

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.


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!

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.

Mark M.5


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.

Corrina G.


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!