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Dream big!

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017
Dream big!

When you last heard from us we had just re­ceived our 2nd gen­er­a­tion of youth. It’s been such a great ex­pe­ri­ence get­ting these young peo­ple into our pro­gram. They all show de­ter­mi­na­tion to learn, try, and dream big. The six who are study­ing at uni­ver­si­ty have just passed this se­mes­ter, which makes us so proud. The two who are in high school are do­ing so­cial projects where they help chil­dren and youth less ad­vanced in school with home­work, which is such an awe­some way to help oth­ers. Three of our youth passed the ad­mis­sion test for the Na­tion­al Uni­ver­si­ty and will start in Sep­tem­ber 2017 and three have signed up for next ad­mis­sion test in June 2017. Just as we did be­fore, all youth tak­ing the ad­mis­sion test will have tu­tor­ing class­es to help them pre­pare. And, this month we will start some­thing new where all youth en­rolled in cours­es will re­ceive tu­tor­ing and help with home­work at our of­fice.

Many ex­cit­ing things have hap­pened over the last cou­ple of months. We have moved to a big­ger of­fice, so we now have space to gath­er all youth and em­ploy­ees un­der the same roof. (We have al­ways had lots of work­shops for the youth with dif­fer­ent top­ics as en­tre­pre­neur­ship, self-es­teem, den­tal hy­giene, etc.) We have been fur­ther blessed with the abil­i­ty to take over the tran­si­tion pro­gram at Or­phan­age Em­manuel, which was start­ed sev­er­al years ago by the Dan­ish Bap­tist Chil­dren and Youth Or­ga­ni­za­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with Or­phan­age Em­manuel. Here we teach over 120 stu­dents from 7th to 11th grade the im­por­tance of a good tran­si­tion af­ter their time at the or­phan­age. Right now, we are putting all our ef­forts into ready­ing the teacher’s ma­te­r­i­al, so it can be pub­lished lat­er this year and avail­able for in­struc­tion at oth­er or­phan­ages who have an in­ter­est in sup­port­ing a good tran­si­tion for their youth as they age out. All em­ploy­ees and two youth at­tend­ed the Iden­ti­fy so­lu­tions: Con­fer­ence on Or­phan Care just a cou­ple of weeks ago where we had the plea­sure of teach­ing and host­ing a work­shop about tran­si­tion for youth.

 In the com­ing months, we will fo­cus on spread­ing the word about our tran­si­tion pro­gram to youth get­ting ready to leave their or­phan­age home and start a new life in the so­ci­ety as well as iden­ti­fy­ing the or­phan­ages that could be in­ter­est­ed in es­tab­lish­ing a good sus­tain­able tran­si­tion pro­gram at their cam­pus. We will not be tak­ing in new youth un­til the be­gin­ning of 2018, but we have al­ready opened for new ap­pli­cants and will start our in­ter­view­ing process with new youth in Sep­tem­ber. So, if you know of any or­phan­ages that could be in­ter­est­ed but still haven’t heard about our pro­gram please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us at youthforhonduras@gmail.com

I would like to en­cour­age you to con­sid­er be­com­ing part of our pro­gram as a spon­sor, ei­ther in­di­vid­u­al­ly or through your church. This sup­port is a cru­cial com­po­nent to the suc­cess of each of the youth cur­rent­ly en­rolled in the pro­gram and those who will be en­ter­ing in the com­ing months. It is ex­cit­ing to know what a dif­fer­ence we can make in the fu­ture of these won­der­ful young peo­ple who have so much po­ten­tial. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Va­lerie John­son: info@transitionhonduras.org

 

Thanks for your prayers and your sup­port!

 

Bless­ings!

Cathrine Sørensen