Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras

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Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Youth Centre for 100+ Young Leaders in Honduras
Robin, educate. High School Scholar
Robin, educate. High School Scholar

Dear friends of educate.,

We are very pleased to share another update on our progress with the educate. Youth Centre! With our ten high school scholars, our local project coordinator Walter and the support of the municipality and its mayor Allan Paredes, things are moving full speed ahead in preparation for the inauguration in November.

Each Saturday, our high school scholars have been gathering at the Youth Centre with Walter, working on projects such as cleaning out the rooms and inventorying the existing books. These activities are a core part of their scholarship, bringing the scholars together for community-engagement activities that foster global citizenship. The scholars have also reimagined some of the furniture designs and have worked alongside the local carpenter Francisco and artist Jose Luis Lopez (better known as Choche) to design creative bookshelves that incorporate seating. Outside of the Youth Centre, they have also been involved in silent and group reading, and an activity organized by the local Secretary of Environment where students attended to a reforested plot of land.

Meanwhile, the renovations of the Youth Centre are almost complete and the building is looking mural-ready!

The Centre’s inauguration is planned for late November, just prior to the local celebration of the Chimineas Gigantes (the Giant Chimenys), where great artistic sculptures are built, painted, and then set on fire in the streets. Founded by a local theatre group over 20 years ago, the Chimineas festivities celebrate the Conception of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. During these festivities, we will be hosting a local fundraiser in the form of an art exhibition in the Youth Centre, which will then travel around the country with 100% of sales going towards our scholarship programme.

We would love to introduce you to some of our high school scholars who are involved in leading this project to fruition:

  • Robin: Robin, pictured above, is 20 years old and is a very positive young man who is excited about the opportunity to continue his high school education. His family, he says, are very united. He lives with his grandparents, mother, stepfather and two older sisters and younger brother. They are a family of jewellery makes, producing artisanal bracelets and necklaces.
  • Rosa: Rosa lives with her mother and father and her two brothers. Her family make and sell hammocks. Rosa works as an assistant in a Kindergarten in the village of Ilama in the mornings, and in the afternoons she attends her classes in Trinidad at the Santiago Perez Technical and Vocational Institute. In her free time, she likes to focus on her studies. Her dream is to graduate from high school and become a qualified Preschool teacher.
  • Gerson: Gerson is 23 and lives with his family, who dedicate themselves to making hammocks. He is an energetic young man and a lover of football, which he tried to pursue professionally before becoming injured. He now sees furthering his education as an important step for his future. Nevertheless, he continues to train as part of a local team alongside his studies and helping his mother around the house.

In a country deeply affected by political and social crises, we continue to believes in the power of young people to drive long-lasting change in their communities. We hope that this Youth Centre will become a basis for strong future growth in the region, both with our expanding scholarship programme as well as for our school-based community library initiatives. Your support makes this vision possible, and we are so grateful.

With appreciation,

Antonia

The Youth Centre, ready for mural-painting!
The Youth Centre, ready for mural-painting!
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Our High School Scholars
Our High School Scholars

Dear educate. supporters,

The last few months at educate. have been filled with progress! We are continuing to advance with the Youth Center and have also launched our High School scholarship programme with a first 10 students in grades 7 through 12. educate. is growing in ways we could never have imagined just 12 months ago, and that is in large part thanks to all of your support.

Our scholarship programme is supporting students who were selection for their passion and determination to pursue their education despite economic and social barriers. Many of them had been forced to drop out of high school during the 2-year school closures due to COVID-19, as they were unable to follow online classes and, in some cases, had to work to support their families. Among them are several young entrepreneurs: 7th grader Darnella who dedicates her free time to making hammocks, 12th grader Rosa Sarahi who works as an assistant at a Kindergarten in the mornings, and 9th grader Robin Ariel who works alongside his mother making bracelets. All ten students are picked up and dropped off each day by a minibus hired by educate. in order to access the nearest high school. For these students, distance and the cost of transportation was preventing them from accessing education.

The Youth Center and the scholarship programme are intimately connected: our scholars are attending the center every Saturday to participate in community activities surrounding literacy, teambuilding, leadership and environmental education. These 10 students will also be among the founding members of the Youth Center project, helping to create the space and bring this project to fruition.

Another key member of the Youth Center project is local artist and art teacher ChoChe, known as “Mr. Insekto” for the way that he gets students involved in art projects “like a team of insects,” all working together. ChoChe has been involved in educate.’s library mural painting since 2018, and is helping to design the furniture and murals that will fill the youth center. Inspired by Montessori education systems, his vision is to create a space unlike any other, that is creative not just in its programmes but in the way that it is physically set up. Together with ChoChe we are working to finalize our designs before beginning the furniture fabrication process with local carpenters.

Meanwhile, all of this progress is possible thanks to our local project coordinator Walter Dubon, who has been working for educate. three days a week since April. Walter leads the scholarship programme and the Saturday activities, and is coordinating all the moving parts of the Youth Center project together with the local municipality. We know that people are at the core of our work and we believe that having paid local leaders is crucial to ensuring the quality and long-term growth and sustainability of our work.

As always, we are immensely grateful for your support, and we look forward to keeping you up to date as things continue to progress!

With great appreciation,

Antonia

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The Youth Center to-be
The Youth Center to-be

Dear Friends, 

Happy 2022! 

2021 was a fantastic year for us. We became registered as a Dutch Foundation, opened three new school-based community libraries at public primary schools, won an Erasmus+ Award, were endorsed by international charity vetting platform Kinder World, and were featured in several publications across Honduras and the Netherlands. 

In December, we completed a full strategic plan for the upcoming year, covering both our project plans for the upcoming Youth Center and our Scholarship Programme as well as detailed fundraising plans for each of our teams, from grants to events. We are stepping into this new year ready to scale up our work!

After elections took place in Honduras in November 2021, a new mayor was elected in Trinidad, Santa Barbara – the village where our work is based. We have been lucky to form a relationship with the new mayor to work in partnership on our upcoming Youth Center project. Renovations in the building have already begun, led by the municipality! Once the structural renovations are complete, we will work with the municipality and the local community to design the interior, including furniture and mural painting. Once open, the Youth Center will provide more than 100 young leaders with educational opportunities and trainings in entrepreneurship, community engagement and global citizenship.

In addition, we plan to expand our scholarship program to include more scholars, and offer a greater variety of opportunities, including technical scholarships in subjects such as nursing, hairdressing and coffee production. We believe in the power of young people to foster change in their communities, and that each young person deserves an opportunity to thrive in their own way. We have seen over the years that sponsoring high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds is key to creating long-term sustainable change that is built from the ground up. With a university degree, the students we support gain not only an education that changes their lives and the opportunities available to them, but also affects their families and communities, as well as changing cultural norms and expectations in Honduran society at large. We are currently preparing to take on additional students in August 2022.

In February, two members of our board, including myself, will be traveling to Honduras to meet with our local team for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. During this visit, plans for the Youth Center and meetings with local educational institutes will take place.

Thank you to each and every person who has been a part of making the start of this new Youth Center and Municipal Library a reality! While much remains to be done, we are excited to see the space beginning to take shape, and we look forward to keeping you up to date on its progress.

For a recap of the highlights of the past year, and to hear a little more about our upcoming plans, have a look at this video from our team commemorating International Thank You Day (today, January 11th!): https://youtu.be/Q3eCghWC3K4.

We work hard to create transformational opportunities for young people in Honduras to learn, lead and grow. This is only made possible thanks to the dedication and belief of young people, teachers, volunteers, partners, donors, and our incredible community – you. Thank you for being a part of this work!

With great appreciation,

Antonia 

The Las Delicias library
The Las Delicias library
educate. Project Coordinator, Walter Dubon
educate. Project Coordinator, Walter Dubon

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