Monday, March 31, 2008


During one of our recent capacity-building meetings with the grant recipients we worked on a project centered around the concept of an iceberg.

We showed the youth a copy of the picture shown above and asked them what they saw. Many of the youth laughed and said, ¨Ice in water, what do you think?¨
Laughing, we finally got around to discussing the theme of the iceberg for the discussion that day. We talked about how the majority of the iceberg is under the water and not visible to the eye while only a small percentage of the iceberg is above the water where people can see it. Using this information the youth began to draw parallels to how this situation is true for every group in society. How much of who we are as human beings is below the water where people can not see it.

The youth talked about how this concept is especially true for how youth are seen in society. Much of what society sees and thinks of the youth in Honduras is negative when really, the grant recipients explained, their foundation is full of positive and empowering qualities.

The youth split up and created their own iceberg drawings. Listing on the visible section of the iceberg what they believe is the way society sees them and listing on the part below the water who they really are.

Here are a few examples:

How society sees youth:

  • Irresponsible
  • Like we don´t exist
  • Bums
  • Insignificant
  • Unappreciative
  • Negative
  • Spoiled
  • Liars

Who the youth really are:

  • Honest
  • Intelligent
  • Grateful
  • Educated
  • Patient
  • Worried about others and the future of Honduras
  • Respectful
  • A good example for society

The youth ended the exercise thinking about ways in which they can demonstrate to others what is their true foundation as youth. The exercise was empowering for the grant recipients as they were able to vocalize who they really are and how they want to be thought of in their communities.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Who We Are Today/ Who We Want To Be

Last week, the OYE scholarship recipients spent an hour reflecting on who they are and who they want to be. We asked them to put these ideas onto paper. 

Here are a few of the collages that they created to represent themselves:

Wendy says, 
Who I am Today... Today I am a person full of opportunities. Now I am studying, which is giving me many opportunities. Last year I didn't study and I didn't have any of the same opportunities that I have now. For example, studying and working are two of the opportunities that have been presented to me, but of course I prefer to study because this will serve me well in the future.

Within 10 Years...I want to be a high school teacher. I want to have graduated. I want to be the director of a high school. There is so much I want to be, I can't even explain it all.

Today I am a student. I am looking for a better future for myself and my family.
Within 10 years I want to be done with my studies and moving forward. I want to have a family. I want to have a job and work with important people and people in need. I hope to have a house with all the necessities and that my family is happy.

Today I am studying General Sciences and Language Arts. I am a daughter. I have five siblings. Studying is very important for all young people, from very young to old.
When I am older, I want to be a professional and to help the people that are all around us.

Today I am a student. I am also an OYE scholarship recipient.
Within 10 years, I want to have a job in tourism. I also want to be an expert in English and other languages. I want to be the best student in my class and with OYE's support, of course that's what I'll be. Well, I want to get married, but without having kids until the time is right.