We believe in investing in youth because today’s children will be the next generation of leaders in their communities and nations.
Youth growing up in highly impoverished and dangerous communities face a myriad of challenges including lack of prospective employment, lack of access to continued education and few productive activities. Many are at high risk for gang membership and violence, illegal migration, child and sex trafficking, servitude and teen pregnancy, to name a few.
HRI youth programs combat this tragic reality and demonstrate there are attainable alternatives for youth. They benefit from life skills and leadership skills trainings and activities, as well as youth cooperation and participation. The goal is to prepare and empower a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders by capacitating and encouraging children and young adults to be active participants and drivers of positive change in their own homes and communities.
In Guatemala, young people are most affected by violence – both as gang members and as victims of about 80% of violent crimes. (UNICEF)