Sunday, August 29, 2010

Calling all American University students!

Thanks to the hard work of trip leaders and AU students Sophia Higgins and Sarah McIntosh, American University will be hosting an Alternative Spring Break trip to Honduras with OYE!  Check out the itinerary and recent news at .

Make sure to sign up for the trip of a life time!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Convivio with San Alberto Hurtado

Saturday, August 21st OYE students joined their peers from El Progreso´s San Alberto Hurtado, a local scholarship organization, in Progreseño theater - La Fragua. Throughout the afternoon students shared the mission and work of each of their respective organizations, as well as skits and dances that groups from each organization created.

The afternoon provided incredible opportunities to connect both communities of Progreseño students. In addition the communities were able to share missions, current projects, and future activities. As the day came to close with both organizations singing and dancing together it was obvious to see that the day successfully brought the communites together. OYE and its students are excited to participate in more events like this one in the future!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Charity Poker Tournament in support of OYE!

OYE would like to thank the Ahern Family for their generous support during a charity poker tournament held in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, benefiting OYE and two other Ahern family causes. Thanks to everyone who participated in making this event such a success and a ton of fun.

Ahern Family Charity Poker Tournament 2010 OYE Honduras

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Marcha de la Joventud

At 7:30 AM OYE students crowded into the office. Dressed alike in blue OYE Mi Voz shirts, they formed a sea of blue with picket signs floating in hand. At 8 o-clock the sea of youth poured out of the office to join the march. Hundreds of students from local high schools and other youth foundations convened at El Progreso's central park. Youth from accross the city came to this event, organized by Unifec and Comvida, to demonstrate their voice and promote their rights. Themes of the march included equal rights with no discrimination based on race, color, sex, language, or religion.

Furthermore, the youth participating in this event demanded that their government be responible to protect youth from physical and mental abuse, mistreatment, and exploitation.

OYE students appeared to enjoy themselves and feel very at home participating in such an event. The themes of the event mirrored many themes that OYE touches upon in our capacity programs and coincides very well with our global vision and the mission of our foundation. To see OYE students occupying public space and to demonstrate their voice, their power, and demand to be heard and respected was a awesome site.

As the event came to a close, representatives from various youth oriented organizations were asked to speak. Representatives from local high schools said a few words, a couple religious organizations shared their sentiments, and Yarli Yanes spoke for OYE.

In conclusion the event was well organized and the youth were well represented. True to the culture of Honduras' youth the event was fun with music and dancing. The youth demonstrated their potential as leaders and potential to raise their voices in unision to ask for their rights to be defended. After events such as this I can't help but think that both the future and the present look very bright for this country.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A special thanks to the sponsors that made the last issue of our Revista Jovenes possible!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

OYE el Ritmo Anniversary concert

OYE el Ritmo students host the 5th annual anniversary concert. Inviting the community to celebrate with local dancers, OYE students and Guillermo Anderson.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Watch the numbers grow: Sustainable giving

Here are two things you can do to help OYE's numbers grow! 


1. Become a sustainable donor- OYE has a cause page on Facebook which allows you to donate anywhere from $5 - $1,000,000 a month. Great right! Think about it. In minutes you can help OYE kids succeed, take some stress off OYE staff and encourage others to donate. Facebook causes will make donations automatically from your account and you can cancel at anytime. Choose to make a donation of $5-$10 a month and make a huge impact. I choose to give $10 a month because I have seen what OYE can do. I have watched kids like Amer, Oscar and Yarli transform into articulate young people who are actively changing their communities. Through the blog, you have heard about the kids incredible growth, and OYE staffs hard work and know that your donation will be used for incredible good.

Here is the link:

2. Talk to your friends and family- It takes seconds to invite 100's of people on the cause which we hope you are able to do. Then you can take the next step and talk to your family and friends. Tell them about the exciting work that you have heard about in OYE. Ask them to join in and make a difference. 

 They can choose to give a one-time donations, organize fundraisers, or volunteer

For more information check out our website, or contact our offices for more fundraising and community building tools,

Friday, August 6, 2010

NEW Revista! OYE News

Check out OYE's newest issue of Revista Jovenes. OYE's students have done it again. The designed, produced, and edited all the content of their youth magazine for the months of June, July, and August. This issue includes articles about and an interview with Guillermo Anderson, the traditional column of OYE Ritmo, reviews of cinema, a personality test, and much more. Now the work of these OYE students can be viewed for free online at or above.

Revista Jovenes has created a spot for OYE scholars to share their voice, and use it in a positive way to educate and empower their community. Talking to the students that create this magazine is a great reminder as to why opportunities like this are so important. OYE's magazine program allows our students to exercise our motto, "Mi voz es Poder." When asked what they like about working on the magazine, one of the group responded, "When I have a thought, when I have something to say all I have to do is write it down, and I know I'll be able to share it with everyone." Jovenes provides our youth with an opportunity to magnify their voices. Through this program OYE's scholars are growing into confident and capable communicators, and we are all proud that we reach a wider audience by publishing this magazine online.