This alternative break will explore the themes youth and community empowerment in El Progreso, Honduras. We will engage with the Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) to explore how they and their community partners address barriers to education such as violence, poverty, gender, and gang activity. This program aims to explore at how community actors work together and empower one another to solve challenges that impact marginalized communities.
Dates of Engagement: March 5 - March 13, 2022
Estimated Cost: $2,500
*Final cost is subject to change based on the finalized itinerary and program fundraising efforts.
Jennifer Perdomo is originally from Falls Church, Virginia, and is a current senior. She is part of the school of International Service, where her primary concentration is in Global Inequality and Development and her regional focus is Latin America. She is also pursuing a Spanish Translation Certification and is part of the Peace Corp Prep Program. Being a first generation student, Jennifer has always been passionate about youth and education, which has prompted her to become involved as a volunteer within organizations such as Driven 2 Succeed and the Latino Student Fund Organization. She is very excited to have the opportunity of co-leading this program, as she enjoys working with youth, and she hopes to pursue a career in global education in the near future.
Yasmin Hersi is a student majoring in International Studies and concentrating in Global Inequality and Development at American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC. She is also minoring in African American and African Diaspora Studies. On-campus, she is a Second-year Resident Assistant and was the Discussion Facilitator for the Muslim Student Association. She has interned for Serve Your City/Mutual Aid Ward 6’s Tutoring & Youth Enrichment Program this past fall. Since 2019 she has worked as a DC Reads tutor at Ward 1 Higher Achievement Program as a tutor and mentor. She is currently working at the Latin American Youth Center as a tutor and plans to continue working there this upcoming academic year. She’s also interning with the International Rescue Committee as a Youth Academy Intern. I'm super excited to co-lead this program and work with OYE's youth again to continue learning more about youth empowerment.
Day 1: Meet OYE and the students through introductory activities. Participants will also go on a tour of OYE and learn more about the services they provide. We will also make baleadas.
Day 2: Visit Radio Progreso/Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC) and learn about the organization’s initiatives towards their mission of improving human rights for the poor in rural areas. Participants will speak with Keyla, a past OYE student that is currently a lawyer for ERIC’s legal team.
Day 3: Visit Asociación de Investigación para el Desarrollo Ecológico y Socioeconómico (ASIDE) to learn about how they cultivate their programs that work towards increasing the quality of life for the poor. We’ll also learn about their social science research and how they address socio-economic issues, especially ecological issues.
Day 4: On International Women’s Day visit Red de Mujeres de El Progreso and discuss how gender inequality impacts girls and women, especially how it is a barrier to education accessibility. We will also discuss how the Femicide-crisis is impacting Honduran women and learn what initiatives this organization is taking to tackle this. We will also do an activity to discuss the role of women in our lives to commemorate International Women’s Day.
Day 5: Participate at the Warriors Zulu Nation Honduras in a hip-hop activity and learn about artistic forms of expression utilized by the organization to curb youth gang initiation, promote education, and prevent violence.
Day 6: Participants will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Luther Castillo Harry questions about his journey to opening the first Garifuna hospital in Honduras. Participants will also meet with the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) and learn about how they protect the livelihoods of the Garifuna community.
Day 7: Participants will attend the English Time Academy and participate in English and Spanish language practice activities with OYE students. We will also continue working on the mural with OYE students.
Day 8: We will wrap up our time with OYE through reflection activities and a meditation activity led by OYE.