Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CULTURE CLASH!: A creative story about the brainwashing of youth in Honduras

Dancing youth on Tela Beach
Bienvenid@s to a new series of blog posts called CULTURE CLASH that will focus on the cultural differences perceived by international staff and volunteers at OYE! 

For this first entry, visit the link to the blog of OYE staff member Michael Solis for a short story entitled “The Prophet of Tela.” The piece is an example of using dialogue in short stories, which was the most recent assignment for the youth of Revista Jóvenes (OYE’s youth magazine) in their 8-week creative writing seminar. This week, OYE youth are writing a dialogue between two characters, one of whom is upset because he or she knows something about the other character that the other character does not yet realize. Stay tuned for more short stories in Spanish directly from OYE youth!

The piece, “The Prophet of Tela,” is based on a true story and speaks to the impact of religious indoctrination on Honduran youth. Read, think, and leave comments! Your thoughts are welcome!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pirámide Familiar de OYE 2011/ OYE Family Pyramid 2011

¡La excelencia se refleja aqui! ¿Qué piensan ustedes? :)

¿Quieres formar parte de nuestra familia? Manda un mensaje a oyehonduras@gmail.com o visita nuestra pagina web.


Excellence is reflected here! What do you think? :)

Do you want to form part of our family pyramid? Send a message to oyehonduras@gmail.com or visit our web page to learn how.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Taller de epigrafía maya

En la actualidad gran parte de la población mesoamericana al visitar los parques arqueológicos mayas recibe datos erróneos producto de la falta de conocimiento por parte de los guías. Las poblaciones de los países donde la cultura maya ha estado presente desconocen la historia y significado de las inscripciones en los monumentos históricos.

El día sábado 17 de septiembre OYE Adelante Jóvenes en un esfuerzo por apoyar el rescate de la memoria histórica de honduras invito al mayólogo hondureño Roger David Rodas quien facilitó un taller de epigrafía maya a un grupo de muchachas y muchachos miembros de OYE.

En este taller participaron 25 jóvenes de los distintos proyectos tales como: la revista, radio, arte e intercambio cultural. Los jóvenes estuvieron atentos y participativos durante la jornada.

La epigrafía es una ciencia independiente y auxiliar de la historia por medio de la cual se estudian inscripciones hechas en materiales duros (piedra, huesos, metal, arcilla, madera, etc.) estableciendo metodología para interpretarlas.

Entender las inscripciones, romper mitos populares y darse cuenta que la cultura maya no es cuestión del pasado es parte de las experiencias que se vivieron durante el taller de epigrafía maya.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

OYE Scholar of the Month: Rosa Sevilla Yorleni

Rosa Sevilla Yorleni

Name: Rosa Sevilla Yorleni                 

Age: 18

Major: Business Administration

Family: 2 Parents and 7 brothers and sisters

Favorite Sport: Volleyball

Greetings from Rosa:

Thanks to my family, I was able to reach one of my biggest goals in life - graduating from high school - but the road wasn't always easy!

In my final months of high school were very difficult times for my family. Aside from out economic problems, the death of my brother was a huge blow to us all. Those things actually stopped me from studying, and my parents told me that it was better that I find a job instead of studying since it didn’t seem worth it to have a daughter in school. At the time I felt so bad because I wanted to continue studying, but I couldn't.

Thankfully we were able to escape those problems, which meant I could continue my studies and choose a career focus. I chose information technology, and in my classes I met Sandra Fiallos, who told me about an organization that provides youth with capacity building on topics like the Honduran reality, academic scholarships, and fun activities in the arts and sports. The things that initially drew my attention were the radio program and the English classes. Later I decided to visit the organization, where OYE's staff explained to me what I needed to do to win a scholarship. After handing in my application, OYE called me to tell me that I was a becada. I was so happy.

After becoming a becada, I took part in the capacity building classes on the National Reality, Self-Esteem, Leadership. Thanks to our director, who taught us how to create and run projects, I started working in the La Calle art program where work with my friends to paint murals, make lots of bracelets out of recycled soda tabs, and improve my artistic abilities.

Through all of the capacity classes that empower us as OYE scholars, we are motivated to set goals for ourselves to become leaders, to feel more confidence in ourselves, and to set examples for others. Ever since I joined OYE, I have changed the way I think, and it's now much easier for me to express my ideas since I’m not as shy as I used to be.

At OYE, I participate in so many projects, including ones that benefit the environment. I am trying to have has much of a positive impact as possible since OYE has impacted me in so many ways.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Coming Soon! OYE Recycled Bracelets!


These recycled pop-top bracelets are made by hand by the Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) in Honduras, where our Preserving Paradise initiative is working to protect the natural beauty of our country and educate young people about conservation and social responsibility. 

At OYE we believe Mi Voz Es Poder (My Voice is Power). By purchasing and wearing this bracelet you are adding your voice to a powerful youth movement. Gracias!

100% of the proceeds of this purchase go directly to support OYE's scholarship and empowerment programs.

Education - Empowerment - Environment

Learn more about OYE at www.oyehonduras.org 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

OYE Celebrates El Día Nacional del Niño!

Thanks for visiting OYE's blog. Check out what OYE youth were up to this weekend during the National Day of the Child in El Progreso! Youth from all of OYE's community engagement programs spent the day in neighborhoods throughout the city entertaining their younger community members. Scholars from OYE's radio program, OYE el Ritmo, spent the day in El Paraiso in the former banana fields of El Progreso, Yoro to entertain local youth with skits, shows, piñatas, and other games. Overall, it was a beautiful day full of heat, fun, laughter, and celebration!

Ivelis leads dance lessons for local youth.

OYE el Ritmo gets ready to head to the next community. 

OYE el Ritmo preforms plays to educate and inform local youth.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Copa OYE 2011

Check out the new COPA OYE 2011 video created by two OYE Scholars: Jarly & Gerald. It was a great season and we are so proud of our student organizers. They started the year with a great opening weekend, OYE's girls team made it through to the finals, and they are already looking ahead to COPA OYE 2012.

 Watch the video and be part of the action!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

OYE El Cambio: OYE's August Newsletter

Teams from El Progreso play for the gold in COPA OYE 2011!

Check out OYE's most recent quarterly newsletter OYE EL CAMBIO (Hear the Change) for recent updates of what OYE scholars have been up to!