Youth for Honduras was founded in 2016 by the World Orphan Fund and social educator Cathrine Sørensen, now director of Youth for Honduras.
The organization was developed in a context where attention on youth aging out of their orphanages grew extremely important. These youth had little or no practical experience with the realities outside the orphanage, and with fragile networks and family ties, this transition was most likely to fail.
In the first year of being an organization, Youth for Honduras taught a transition course to 7th-11th graders at Orphanage Emmanuel, Guaimaca, benefiting from resources developed by the orphanage and the Danish Baptist Children and Youth Organization with support from the Danish Youth Council.
This course was designed to educate each grade on different themes responding to their ages, for example good friendships, self-esteem, finding the first job, etc.
Afterwards, Youth for Honduras refined this transition material and later, in 2018, published two transition manuals for 12–17-year-olds living in orphanages. With these manuals and the related instructions for orphanage staff, Youth for Honduras is reaching out to many more youth than just those in our transition house program.