Youth Center

According to the UN, only 50% of students in Honduras carry on to secondary school. Even fewer have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at university or elsewhere. A majority of Honduras’ bright and ambitious young people therefore do not have access to the opportunities and resources necessary for them in order to grow into the leaders their communities need.

Alongside our scholarship programme for high-potential youth, we are working to open a Youth Center that will transform the learning opportunities available to young people in the municipality of Trinidad, where our work is based. This centre will act as a centre for our scholarship students and will host youth entrepreneurship workshops and leadership trainings, community engagement activities, tutoring support and peer-to-peer mentorship. The centre will also act as a local library, open to all.

Through a partnership with the Municipality of Trinidad, we are working to turn the former municipal library building (which has been unused for over a decade) into this center. Located next to the “Cancha Municipal” and in the centre of the town, it is a perfect location to bring young people together after school and on weekends in a safe, inclusive space. The municipality has agreed to provide support in the refurbishment of the building, and educate. will be responsible for the furnishings as well as day-to-day management of the space and the activities held within it.

Through this youth center, we will provide:

  • Scholarships for excellent, high-potential students from low-income backgrounds.
  • Tutoring for students who need more support in their classes both at secondary school and university level.
  • Leadership and entrepreneurship workshops for youth.
  • A community library where everyone from the community can come to read, learn, study and do homework.
  • Accessible computers and printers for young people to learn and practice technology skills.
  • Educational after-school and weekend programmes focused on global citizenship education – such as surrounding themes around environmental protection, gender equality, arts and sports.
  • Community events.

In it’s first year, the project will provide 100+ local youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities to learn, lead and grow.