WHAT IS OYE?
Founded in 2005, OYE Adelante Jóvenes (Organization for Youth Empowerment) is a small NGO in the city of El Progreso that exists to empower Honduran youth with scarce economic resources to continue their education and become socially conscious leaders of positive change in their communities. We envision a society where Honduran youth are active contributors to the positive development of their country.
Every year, OYE provides approximately 70 high school and university scholarships for at-risk youth who not only have a real economic necessity and maintain a respectable GPA, but also demonstrate leadership potential and a strong desire to succeed and overcome adversity.
In launching this campaign, we are calling on YOU to help us provide continued scholarship support to four of OYE´s greatest leaders.
HEYLI, ERICK, JEFRY and CLAUDIA are among our youth coordinators, those scholars who have dedicated their time and effort to help bring OYE's five community action programs to new heights. They are dynamic leaders among their peers, provide invaluable support to our staff and serve as ambassadors when OYE hosts international volunteer groups. Each of these students have overcome severe obstacles to their success, from economic hardship to family disintegration. Without the financial support of an OYE scholarship, they would likely be forced to leave school and look for full-time work to contribute to the family income.
OUR YOUTH COORDINATORS.
OYE YOUTH COORDINATORS with Programs Coordinator and Executive Director of OYE, January 2014.
Meet HEYLI. Heyli is 18 years-old and in her final year of high school. She lives with her aunt and cousin in El Progreso, while the rest of her family – including her parents – live two hours away in the town of Siguatepeque. After four years in OYE, she has distinguished herself as a leader among her peers and currently serves as co-coordinator for OYE’s sport's program.
Heyli is on the cusp of accomplishing one of her dreams, graduating from high school with honors and a positive self-image. With your donation, we can provide the economic means to support Heyli’s dream.
Meet ERICK. Erick is 19 years-old and currently in his second year at a private technological university in San Pedro Sula where he studies electronic engineering. Hailing from a small nuclear family, he lives with his mother and older brother in El Progreso. After eight years in OYE and participation in a variety of community engagement programs, including the mazagine and design programs, Erick has distinguished himself as co-coordinator of OYE’s sports program, which found its origins in OYE’s annual soccer tournament.
Meet JEFRY. Jefry is 17 years old and started university this year at the national public university in San Pedro Sula, where he studies mathematics. Like many of his peers, Jefry was raised in a single-parent household. He lives with his mother and six siblings, three older and three younger. In his fourth year in OYE and in the art program, Jefry was selected as one of the three youth coordinators of Arte La Calle, specifically coordinating one of OYE’s longest standing and most visible initiatives – murals.
Meet CLAUDIA. Claudia is 19 years old and currently in her second year at the national public university in San Pedro Sula, where she is pursuing a degree in educational administration. She lives in El Progreso with her parents and two sisters. Like many of her peers, Claudia’s father is employed at a factory and her mother takes care of the home. After four years in OYE as a participant in the art program, Arte La Calle, Claudia has risen to become one of its three youth coordinators, specifically coordinating the production of art pieces to exhibit and sell to promote auto-sustainability of the program.
In Honduras, only a small percentage of youth have the
opportunity to attend university and an even smaller percentage graduate. With
your donation, we can provide Erick, Jefry and Claudia with the economic
support to continue to pursue higher education and become three of a hopefully
ever-increasing group of university graduates.
Click HERE to read more about our four featured youth coordinators.
OYE NEEDS YOU! HELP US RAISE $2500!
- $650 for Claudia's university scholarship
- $650 for Jefry's university scholarship
- $650 for Erick's university scholarship
- $550 for Heyli's high school scholarship
need YOU to help us raise a total of $2500 to reach our fundraising goal to ensure that these exceptional
youth leaders continue their education for another year and are granted the
opportunity to realize their true potential.
By donating today, you are casting a vote of confidence in these future leaders.
Any funds raised over the $2500 will go towards the scholarships of the other 60+ youth scholars of our organization.
OYE is excited to offer perks along the way for your donations. But always keep in mind that the greatest reward is investing in talented youth and making a positive impact in their lives.
From all of us at OYE, especially our youth coordinators and scholarship students, thank you for your support. We would not be where we are today without you.
To learn more about OYE and stay connected:
- Visit our website (www.oyehonduras.org)
- Sign up to receive news and updates vía e-mail
- Check out our blog (A Day in the Life of OYE)
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- Follow us on Twitter (@oyehonduras)
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