Youth for Honduras was founded in 2016 by the World Orphan Fund and Social Educator, Cathrine Sørensen, former director of Youth for Honduras.
The organization was developed, focusing on the youth aging out of their children’s homes. These youth had little or no practical experience with the realities outside the children’s home, and with fragile community networks and family ties, this transition for most youth, was most likely to fail.
These numbers made it very clear that a good transition program was needed.
In the first year of the organization, Youth for Honduras taught a transition course to 7th-11th graders at Orphanage Emmanuel, located in Guaimaca, Honduras. Benefiting from resources developed by the orphanage and the Danish Baptist Children and Youth Organization with support from the Danish Youth Council. This course was designed to educate each grade on different themes responding to their ages, for example, identity, self-esteem, good friendships, finding the first job, etc.
Afterward, Youth for Honduras refined this transition material Formation for life and later, in 2018, published two transition manuals for youth 13 and older living in children’s homes. With these manuals and the related instructions for children’s home staff, Youth for Honduras has reached out to many more youth than just those in our Transition Honduras program.
The Formation for Life program has not only been taught to youth living in children’s homes, but it has also been utilized with several larger organizations, local schools, and local churches with the need for better training materials and opportunities for their youth.
A Look At Where We Are Going
Goals for the Upcoming Year
Like the rest of the world, Youth for Honduras has been affected by COVID-19 in 2020, but it has given us time to create a clear direction for the upcoming year.
Best practice transition is all about meeting the youth where they are, finding solutions, and looking for opportunities for each youth involved. We are always trying to get better at our work with the youth, and now it’s time to take new and necessary steps to secure we move forward and do it in the right way. We will be focusing on making the following shifts to our programs: