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Review for Organization for Youth Empowerment, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I have personally followed the lives of hundreds of youth as they passed in and out of OYE's doors in El Progreso and I have watched them grow from shy, quiet children into confident, mature, and powerful young adults with a will and the tools to change their lives and the future of their country.

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

Increase fundraising and funding to better able to provide for the larger youth constituency in Honduras and be able to grow to a country-wide youth development organization.

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Role:  Board Member & Co-Founder, Board Member.