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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.

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. in­side 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: youthforhonduras@gmail.com.

 

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:

 

Uni­ver­si­ty stud­ies Tech­ni­cal stud­ies (INFOP) Work­ing
Max­i­mum 4 years of sup­port Max­i­mum 2 years of sup­port Max­i­mum 1 year of sup­port
Part time job/jobs re­quired dur­ing the study pe­ri­od Part time job/jobs re­quired dur­ing the study pe­ri­od

Please note that we do NOT take in youth that want to study at high school lev­el!

 

Housing

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.

 

Mentorship

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.

 

Scholarship

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.