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New year, new youth in the program!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017
New year, new youth in the program!

About 6 months ago, we start­ed Youth for Hon­duras with our first 7 youth. There’s been a lot of learn­ing and test­ing and more learn­ing, but we have slow­ly found our way, and we’re su­per proud of our youth! They have grown a lot and learned a lot about life in so­ci­ety.

Dur­ing Oc­to­ber and No­vem­ber of 2016, we were go­ing through the process of se­lect­ing the new youth for our pro­gram. It was so ex­cit­ing to see how many youth that were in­ter­est­ed in our tran­si­tion pro­gram and ap­plied. We end­ed our in­ter­views and se­lec­tion process with a camp where all 25 ap­pli­cants were in­vit­ed to the fi­nal se­lec­tion. We had so much fun do­ing team build­ing and get­ting to know each oth­er. Af­ter the camp, we chose 12 youth to en­ter our pro­gram.

On Jan­u­ary 27th, we opened up for the 12 new youth com­ing from all over the coun­try. We now have youth from the north, south, east, west and cen­ter of Hon­duras. Our 12 new youth have start­ed the tran­si­tion pro­gram with great spir­it and all have goals and dreams that they are ea­ger to ac­com­plish. They are cur­rent­ly go­ing through a 4‑week pre-pro­gram on-board­ing process where we do work­shops, coun­sel­ing, house meet­ings, and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to pre­pare them for all the new, ex­cit­ing, and (for some) scary things life in the city has to of­fer.

We now have a to­tal of 17 youth spread out in 4 hous­es in Tegu­ci­gal­pa that are lo­cat­ed in safe ar­eas and close to trans­porta­tion, the uni­ver­si­ty, and shop­ping.

6 youth are study­ing at the uni­ver­si­ty, 2 are fin­ish­ing up high school, 8 have ap­plied to take the uni­ver­si­ty ad­mis­sion test in March, and all youth are ei­ther work­ing or look­ing for jobs.

Tran­si­tion will al­ways be dif­fi­cult, and it doesn’t mat­ter if we are talk­ing about mov­ing to a new place, chang­ing schools, start­ing a new job, or hav­ing to make new friends. Hav­ing to start all over in a new place will al­ways bring its com­pli­ca­tions and wor­ries, and we know that for these youth it can feel like life has been turned up­side down. So, we ask that you please lift them up in prayer as they be­gin this jour­ney of tran­si­tion.

Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port.