In this program, students will explore and learn in a service-orientated fashion how to build resilient and sustainable communities through youth leadership and mentorship. It focuses on how inequitable systems of power( regarding colonization) create barriers to community security; how communities can sustainably support the academic and career goals of the next generation. Students will have the opportunity to learn from local stakeholders in DC and during their time in Honduras about the ways to build positive peace by participating in youth empowerment and community-led advocacy. By working with local non-profits such as OYE and their local partners, as well as the Latin American Youth Center, students will better understand these complex challenges that exist in the world we know them to be today.
Dates of Engagement: March 10 - March 18, 2023
*Travel grants available on application.
Skylar White (she/her) is a senior in SIS studying Peace Studies with a focus on the Western Hemisphere. She is super excited to be a part of this experiential learning, grow in her understanding of community-led peace building, and to form meaningful relationships through this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Tamara Quinlan is a sophomore at American University, majoring in International Studies. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, before deciding to move out to Washington, DC. She started volunteering when she was 13 years old and has loved it ever since. In high school, she was an active member of Key Club, which inspired her to take part in opportunities such as leading an Alternative Break around Building Positive Peace through the practice of Youth Empowerment. In her free time- she enjoys writing, running, spending time with family and friends, and traveling! Post undergrad, she hopes to continue her education and attend grad school, where she hopes to carry out synonymous work both in the classroom and in her career post-grad school. She is a firm believer in working to advance the greater good, and opportunities like this will allow her to achieve that vision.
Day 1: Travel Day
Day 2: OYE Activities: OYE Tour and Group Introduction
Day 3: Students will be introduced to the storytelling campaign, encouraging students to think about what they value and why.
Day 4: Visit Radio Progreso/Equipo de Reflexion, Investigacion y Comunicacion(ERIC)
Day 5: Return to OYE for final reflection and to hear from story creators. Potentially facetime with Latin American Youth Center to share interviews and facilitate intercultural communication and story sharing.
Day 6: Travel to La Ceiba, where students will have the opportunity to continue their efforts to build positive peace. Hear from guest speakers virtually and offer time for students to reflect on what they learned and their goals for the remainder of the week.
Day 7: Cultural Immersion day, students will have the opportunity to go to a museum, explore El Progresso more, etc.
Day 8: Day of Service with partnered organizations, team dinner, reflection, and getting ready to take what students have learned back to those states
Day 9: Departure Day