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Youth Workforce with World Vision

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019
Youth Workforce with World Vision

By Michelle Pine­da, Staff in Youth for Hon­duras

One of the pur­pos­es of our Tran­si­tion Pro­gram is to of­fer our youth the right train­ing to be­come in­de­pen­dent. We help them cre­ate strong bonds with peo­ple in­side Youth for Hon­duras as well as with their so­cial en­vi­ron­ments else­where. We sup­port each one of them in a per­son­al way, re­gard­less of whether they study or are search­ing for sta­ble jobs.

There­fore, and for many oth­er rea­sons, Youth for Hon­duras has part­nered with World Vi­sion. Some of our youth will un­der­go one of World Vision’s pro­grammes, the so-called Youth Work­force Pro­gramme.

What is the programme about?

The Youth Work­force Pro­gramme seeks to im­prove the eco­nom­ic op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth with the goal of im­prov­ing their life con­di­tions. This is achieved through skills de­vel­op­ment so that the youth are able to ac­cess and main­tain their stud­ies, jobs, and own busi­ness­es.

The pro­gramme of­fers four train­ing mod­ules ti­tled 1) Who am I?, 2) Ready for a job, 3) Ready for en­tre­pre­neur­ship, and 4) Ready for cit­i­zen­ship. Each mod­ule lasts one month, so af­ter four months the youth should be ready for an in­tern­ship or to start their own busi­ness. At the same time the youth have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ap­ply for a schol­ar­ship and study Eng­lish.


Opportunities for our youth

At the mo­ment, 14 of our youth are re­ceiv­ing the train­ing cours­es of World Vision’s Youth Work­force Pro­gramme. But in ad­di­tion to our youth, the pro­gramme has also tak­en in five youth from oth­er tran­si­tion homes. They all re­ceive train­ing twice a week.

For some of our youth the new gained knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences are al­ready more than enough. Oth­ers are still wait­ing in ex­cite­ment for the last mod­ule as they want to start their own busi­ness­es. Hope­ful­ly, the pro­gramme and the fol­low­ing in­tern­ships or busi­ness start-ups will lead the youth to sta­ble em­ploy­ment.

Let me not for­get to men­tion that five of your youth have ob­tained great re­sults in the pro­gramme al­ready as they have each won a schol­ar­ship to study Eng­lish at the IHCI (Hon­duran In­sti­tute of In­ter-Amer­i­can Cul­ture). Con­grat­u­la­tions!


A youth testimony

Bel­la Ale­man says about the Youth Work­force Pro­gramme:

Right now, I am ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­act­ly what the pro­gramme promised! I think that the Youth Work­force Pro­gramme with World Vi­sion is a huge op­por­tu­ni­ty for all of us. I have heard the tes­ti­monies from oth­ers who have com­plet­ed the pro­gramme and seen how they have suc­ceed­ed. So, I have to take ad­van­tage of this door that has been opened for me – as much as pos­si­ble!

When they gave us the op­por­tu­ni­ty to choose fo­cus (ed­u­ca­tion, job, or en­tre­pre­neur­ship), I chose ed­u­ca­tion. And I also ap­plied for a schol­ar­ship to study Eng­lish.

Now, I feel so hap­py and blessed be­cause I won that schol­ar­ship and have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to learn Eng­lish and get a cer­tifi­cate that states that I mas­ter the lan­guage. It will def­i­nite­ly give me bet­ter job pos­si­bil­i­ties in the fu­ture!”