When Honduran youth are ready to leave their children’s homes, they can apply to be part of Youth for Honduras. Youth who qualify and enter our program are offered housing, scholarship, life and job skills training, and a network of counselors, tutors, and mentors to help them become independent members of society.
Entering the program
Youth interested in entering the program must first fill out an application form. We, then, have a 3-step interview procedure in order to find the youth we would like to invite into our program.
- The first interview takes place in the comfort zone of the youth, i.e. in their children’s homes.
- The second interview is at our office in Tegucigalpa where each youth will also create his/her life plan and be presented with personality tests.
- The applicants who reach the third and final step will go to a one-and-a-half-day camp for team-building exercises and socializing with the other applicants. Each year we offer 24 youth the opportunity to enter our program.
Email us and ask for the application form here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about applying in the section “How to Apply”.
Studies and Jobs
All youth in our program are obliged to either 1) study and work, or 2) just work, and their time frame with the program varies depending on which of these paths is chosen.
If the youth wants to study at university level, we provide a maximum of 4 years of support. Part time job(s) are required during the study period.
If the youth wants to study at a technical level (such as INFOP), we provide a maximum of 2 years of support. Part time job(s) are required during the study period. Finally, if the youth wants to work, we provide a maximum of 1 year of support.
Below an overview of this has been sketched:
Please note that we do NOT take in youth that want to study at high school level!
After the youths have been selected to enter our program, they move into our transition houses in Tegucigalpa based on gender. Here they live the first year of their time with us.
In each transition house lives a supervisor who supports the youth in their daily activities. The supervisor is like an older brother or sister and acts as a Christian role model for the youths.
After the first year with Youth for Honduras, it is time for the youths to find their own housing whether it be with youth from the organization, other friends, or family members. Youths who move to their own apartments are still a part of our program — and we still visit them the places they move into — but in order to prepare the youths for an independent life, we always take steps in that direction.
Training and Tutoring
Every month, all youth are invited for and expected to attend 1–2 workshops on different topics. We approach family relations, drugs and gangs, first aid, sexuality, and many other topics.
All youth, regardless of where they live and their academic level, will have a tutor assigned to them to guide them in their everyday lives. A tutoring session could focus on studies, job situations, economy, dynamics in the transition house, or whatever issue or question the youth may face at that moment. Every month when the youth pick up their scholarships, it’s time to check-in for a longer or shorter conversation with the tutor about study/work planning, life planning, etc.
In a collaboration with Proyecto Timoteos, which is a network of baptist churches all over Honduras, Youth for Honduras offers all youth in our program a Christian mentor. The youth and his/her mentor decides how they would like their meetings to be, for example go for a walk and have a talk.
Each youth in our program will be given a small monthly scholarship which will cover housing, food, and transportation.
Additionally, Youth for Honduras covers all study related payments (enrollment costs, books, study trips, etc.) at public universities and technical schools (INFOP). If the youth wishes to study at a private university, the costs hereof must be paid by the youth himself/herself.