Youth Development

Organization for Youth Empowerment

  • Washington, DC
  • www.oyehonduras.org

Mission Statement

OYE is dedicated to the development of at-risk Honduran youth through an integrated academic scholarship program and a youth capacity-building program. The final goal is the creation of youth leaders with a social conscience that are agents of positive change in the Honduran population.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Program
  2. Capacity Building Program
  3. Communications Program
  4. Copa OYE Sports Program
  5. La Calle Art Program

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Service Areas

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International

El Progreso, Honduras and surrounding communities

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Luis Paredes

Keywords

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Youth, Empowerment, Art, Sports, Scholarships, Honduras, Orphans, Street, Children, Volunteer, Education, Health

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Also Known As

OYE

EIN

20-3195935

 Number

3684067054

Physical Address

3351 18th St NW

Washington, DC 20010

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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OYE is an organization founded and run by youth that works to develop their social conscience and personal self-awareness. OYE aims to build a larger youth movement in Honduras, where young people have a space to speak and listen to other youth. Through financial and individual support, students will gain an understanding of success academically and personally, promoting self-sufficiency through education, health, economic development, sports, art and culture.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarship Program

OYE provides disadvantaged youth from El Progreso, Honduras academic scholarships to continue their high school and university education. Scholarships go towards alleviating costs associated with accessing an education. There are currently 75 scholarship recipients.

Once a year, OYE awards scholarships
to enthusiastic, self motivated, low-income students with a monthly
stipend so that they may continue their education while supporting
their families. The number of scholarships has grown more than 25%
every year.
OYE's
students are equipped with the resources to complete their high school
and university studies through the generous support of donors that
contribute to their scholarships. OYE recipients hope to not only
create a better future for themselves and their families, but to also
gain the tools to create a better future for their country.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Program 2

Capacity Building Program

Not available

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Communications Program

After the Capacity Building Program,
the scholarship recipients are given the opportunity to participate in one of two
youth-created and youth-produced projects: a youth magazine and a radio
program. Scholarship recipients design and lead these programs in
order to articulate and express opinions towards their community. Both
of these outlets provide a safe, nurturing and empowering space for
these students. OYE wants young people to feel free to talk about and
explore the issues that are most pertinent to them without fear of
rejection or misunderstanding from others. They use the resources and
support of OYE to move in whichever direction they desire with the goal
of impacting and creating change.

OYE's youth-led urban communications programs, radio (OYE el Ritmo(http://www.oyehonduras.org/Ingles/Oye%20el%20Ritmo%20Radio.html) ) and magazine (Jovenes(http://www.oyehonduras.org/Ingles/J%C3%B3venes%20Magazine.html) )
have been embraced by the youth and community alike and has succeeded
in securing local sponsorshiwhich not only focuses on magazine design but promotes community action in the form of murals and other projects.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

Copa OYE Sports Program

Not available

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 5

La Calle Art Program

La
Calle is a realization of OYE's belief that artistic expression has the
power to build confidence, inspire hope, and transform lives. The 25
students involved in La Calle meet every week to learn the elements and
principles of art and design, art history, and participate in group
critiques. Students learn techniques such as drawing, painting,
coloring, collage, screen-printing, woodcuts, and sculpture. Students
also partake in community murals and art demonstrations in local
schools. Local and international volunteers help guide conversation and
creative exploration, but each piece is created and executed by the
students, whether individually or in small groups.  OYE students
use art projects to inspire the community and teach non-OYE students
the skills they learned in La Calle.  

The
La Calle group also includes a few members of our magazine program.
During the magazine meetings, students learn digital photography
and the use cutting-edge design software, Adobe Creative Suite 4 to
develop magazine layouts and advertisements.  

With
the support of local businesses, La Calle works to create visually
stunning and informing art work. The goal is to create a space for
students to join together and articulate issues in a public forum that
will encourage dialogue and new understandings. Through these
activities the students grow individually, learn group cooperation, and
generate change in the society.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

El Progreso, Honduras and surrounding communities

Funding Needs

In order to keep the OYE vision alive, we rely on the support of many individual donors. It is through these generous individuals that OYE can make programs such as scholarships, capacity building, communication, arts and sports a reality. With your help, we will be able to sustain our youth program so that our students may continue to create a positive change in their society. Here are some examples the impact an individual contribution can have on OYE and its scholars: $30 will finance 3 youth program meetings $75 Will finance a community mural $150 will finance 15 COPA OYE soccer games $415 will provide a full year high school scholarship $625 will provide a full year university scholarship

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Organization for Youth Empowerment

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Principal Officer

Luis Paredes

BIO

Luis Paredes, 23, currently studies sociology at Universidad Nacional Autónoma
de Honduras in San Pedro Sula. Since a very young age, Luis has
served as a leader in his community, challenging local youth to work
towards breaking the cycles of poverty that dominate the region. In
2004, he founded JUTMAS (Young United Woodcarvers Association), a
program for at-risk youth that uses art to overcome poverty. In 2005,
along with his sister, Ana Paredes, and the Catholic Church, Luis
founded the "Comunidad Educativa San Alberto Hurtado," a scholarship
program for disadvantaged youth in El Progreso, Yoro. Luis brings more
than knowledge and energy to OYE, he connects with youth in a unique
way because he is from El Progreso and understands the obstacles young
people today face. Luis has been instrumental in OYE's continued growth
and sustainability.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paquita Holland

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