Education and Youth Organization
SHARE currently supports two projects with UCRES: Rural Women’s Empowerment and Education and Youth Organization. Read more about the Union of Rural Communities of Northern San Salvador and La Libertad (UCRES)!
Project Name: Education and Youth Organization
Academic formation is the backbone of the sustainable development of communities and the country; the goal of this project is to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the rural communities through the academic formation and leadership training of their youth.
With this project, UCRES hopes to strengthen youth organization and participation. Youth are nominated based on active participation in community organizing and community events and on their previous academic performance. Youth that participate in this project receive both scholarships to support their formal education in school and experiential learning through their work in communities. This project offers opportunities for young people to avoid gangs, violence, and emigrating to urban centers or the U.S. for work and to organize other youth to seek long-term, sustainable solutions for their communities.
Specific Project Elements:
- High school scholarships for 9 high school youth
- Monthly scholarship student assemblies and workshops on issues including citizen participation, the national reality, analysis of the current situation, and historic memory
- Training and support for the execution of seven community work plans, created by scholarship students working with community councils and youth committees, supported by UCRES
“[This scholarship] has benefitted me a lot. There are many things you have to spend money on, like transportation or going to the computer lab, and those funds make it possible. I feel like I’ve learned a lot, and grown a lot. I believe [organizing] is important because we should support our communities in what they do, and in that way, we grow as people and learn, and support each other.” – Juana Luisa Torres, project participant and youth leader in UCRES region
Thanks to the following Grassroots Partners for their ongoing accompaniment of communities in the UCRES region: St Elizabeth Ann Seton WI, Good Shepherd KS, Eastern Michigan University, St Francis Regis, the Northwest School.
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