Since 2005, scholarships have been a core aspect of OYE’s work with Honduran youth. By providing partial academic high school and university scholarships, OYE provides at-risk youth with access to formal education that they otherwise would have been denied due to economic barriers.
At 13 to 14 years of age, students become eligible to receive an OYE scholarship and may continue to receive this stipend each month as long as they are enrolled in high school or university, meet academic achievement standards and actively participate in OYE’s capacity-building and community engagement programs. In addition to coming from low-income households, OYE’s scholars are distinguished by their academic excellence and by their leadership potential.
OYE’s results to date are very positive and promising. 99% of OYE’s ninth-grade scholars complete high school, compared to a reported 55% national average. Furthermore, 90% of OYE students continue on to university, compared to less than 12% of Honduran high school graduates who go on to university (and significantly fewer who complete their university studies).
In 2014, OYE awarded 63 high school and university scholarships. Since 2005, over 450 students have received life-changing OYE scholarships, 60% of whom have been young women and girls.
CAPACITY-BUILDING AND LEADERSHIP
The Capacity-Building and Leadership Program is designed to fill the gaps left by the Honduran education system and strengthen leadership skills and community stewardship. Over the years, the program has evolved in content and quality.
With the objective of forming socially conscious youth leaders who are agents of positive change in their communities and country, all of OYE’s beneficiaries participate in a series of capacity-building and leadership workshops throughout the year. In 2013, OYE’s beneficiaries were divided into three levels (I, II and III) according to their age and academic level to guarantee that the topics and themes presented appropriately matched the characteristics and needs of each youth.
Starting in March, approximately 20 workshops between the three groups are held, focusing on the topics of self-esteem, values, physical and mental health, employability, national reality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), among many others. Each year, the workshops are facilitated by invited local professionals and experts, OYE’s staff and OYE’s university scholars who have advanced through the program. In 2014, a select group of university scholars facilitated the SRHR workshops for the younger (level I) scholars.
Youth emerge from the Capacity-Building and Leadership Program empowered with the individual and collective leadership skills necessary to execute OYE’s Community Engagement Projects and succeed as young professionals.
Arte La Calle
Creates a space where youth can learn and practice a variety of art styles and consequently use art as a means to express their reality and convey messages that resonate with urban Honduran youth.
Radio Ritmo Online
Creates a space for youth to explore the reality in which they live and the issues that affect them and express their perspectives through live radio programs and podcasts.
Is a youth-centered, youth-created magazine that provides a means for youth to engage their peers, to communicate their views on topics of interest and to hone their writing and research skills.
Gives youth the opportunity to express their ideas and perspectives through photography and video and gain knowledge in graphic design, multimedia production and social media.
Promotes participation in sports and physical activities as a means to encourage physical health and teamwork and prevent youth violence.
ARTE LA CALLE
Arte La Calle, the art project, creates a space where youth can communicate and express their reality through various art styles and mediums and convey messages that resonate with urban Honduran youth.
The most public and visible products of the art project are city murals, which can be found at schools and health centers all over El Progreso and even as far as San Pedro Sula.
In 2013, the project concentrated its efforts and resources in affording its participants with practical workshops facilitated by art professionals and teachers on a variety of artistic techniques and media, including paper, canvas, walls, glass and recycled materials, among others. They held five exhibitions to show and sell their works in various locales in El Progreso and San Pedro Sula.
Throughout the year, they painted a total of five community murals throughout the year, four in distinct schools in El Progreso and its surrounding area and one at a health center in San Pedro Sula. Three of the murals were accomplished in collaboration with international university volunteers.
RADIO RITMO ONLINE
Radio Ritmo Online, the radio project, creates a space for youth to explore and express the reality in which they live and the issues that affect them, such as the quality of education, poverty, violence, unemployment, health, etc. The participants acquire knowledge and experience in the various aspects of radio production, including speech, recording and use of software and equipment through various workshops facilitated by local radio professionals.
In 2013, the radio project hosted two radio forums (as a part of a series entitled “What We Live”) on the topics of sexual and reproductive health and rights and unemployment, attended by over 250 local youth. In August of 2014, Ritmo Online hosted the third radio forum of the series entitled “What We Live: Effects of Immigration on Honduran Youth.”
In addition to the radio forums, the participants broadcast weekly radio programs and record podcasts to be shared on social media. Below you will find an example podcast about OYE.
Revista Jóvenes, the magazine project, promotes the written word as a means for youth to communicate their views on topics of interest and engage with and capture the attention of their peers through their youth-centered, youth-created magazine. In 2013, the participants attended a variety of workshops on writing, composition, photography, graphic design and marketing, among others.
Throughout the year, the magazine project designs, prints and distributes five bimonthly editions of the magazine. Each edition includes articles written and diagrammed by youth on topics of local and national news, Honduran culture, health, etc. In 2013, they realized their first essay competition, publicized at various local high schools, on the topic of youth apathy towards politics, an especially relevant topic given the presidential elections the following month.
The first edition of the magazine was printed and distributed in May of 2009. After four years of designing and printing the magazine externally, 2013 initiated a new chapter for Revista Jóvenes. For the first time, the entire magazine production process, from its initial planning to its final printing, was realized in-house.
To see the most recent issues of Revista Jóvenes on Issuu, click HERE.
DiseñOYE, the graphic design program, gives youth the opportunity to express their ideas and perspectives through photography and video and gain knowledge in multimedia production. Following the methodology of the Adobe Youth Voices Program, the participants learn how to transform original photographs and raw video footage into quality multimedia pieces using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. Furthermore, the students gain exposure to and experience with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign in workshops facilitated by local graphic design professionals and professors.
In 2013, an alliance was established with one of El Progreso’s largest public high schools, Instituto Oficial Perla del Ulua, to expand the project’s impact outside of OYE. The youth coordinator, with support from project participants, teach a 10-week photography and video-editing course to 20+ high school students.
The sports program, Deportes, promotes participation in sports and physical activities as a way to prevent youth violence and at the same time encourage physical health and teamwork.
In previous years, the project was exclusively focused on the preparation and execution of Copa OYE, an annual soccer tournament started in 2008 involving hundreds of youth each year from El Progreso and surrounding communities. In 2014, nearly 150 youth participated in the 6th annual Copa OYE tournament and over 250 youth and families came out to watch and support the teams.
In 2013, the annual soccer tournament was converted into a formalized and multidisciplinary sports program. In addition to organizing and training for Copa OYE, the sports project established an alliance with the municipal gym and participated in various volleyball workshops. In 2014, the project has focused its efforts on three disciplines: soccer, volleyball and running. This June, twelve of OYE’s beneficiaries ran in the 38th annual Marathon organized by La Prensa, a prominent Honduran newspaper, in San Pedro Sula.
CREA is a project whose aim is to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education, with a focus on gender and rights, directed at adolescents in seventh through ninth grade (11 to 19 years old) from five high schools of the urban municipality of El Progreso, Yoro: Petronila C. de Villalobos, José María Ferrero, San José, República de Honduras y José Trinidad Cabañas. CREA promotes SRHR education using a base curriculum made up of workshops; constructive free time activities; life skills capacity building with a focus on healthy lives utilizing art, sports, photography, and media campaigns on television, radio, written media and social network sites as tools. Apart from youth workshops on the topics of SRHR education, the project also includes workshops with fathers, mothers, and teachers, the final goal being to increase the percentage of high schools in El Progreso that provide integral sexual education and to strengthen an understanding of SRHR, attitudes, and behaviors with a focus on gender and rights in key populations.
CREA also intervenes in Instituto Técnico Loyola, a vocational high school, and Fundación Proniño, a home for street boys, to promote gender equality and non-violent forms of masculinity.
CREA is financed by the Seattle International Foundation’s Central America and Mexico Youth Fund and the Global Fund for Children.