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Hope at Home: Central American Youth Build a Secure Future Highly Ranked

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Project Summary

Youth in Central America are running out of options. From 2011-2016, more than 10% of youth in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras migrated to the United States. Facing violence and poverty, their communities have largely been helpless to reduce migration. Interpersonal violence has been a leading cause of premature death among youth. World Vision believes youth deserve better. We have successfully reduced violence and enabled youth to pursue their educational and economic dreams at home. Of the 52,000 youth we assisted in El Salvador in 2018, only two migrated. In partnership with Cure Violence Global, churches, communities, local governments, and businesses, the Hope at Home project will reduce conflict for 100,000 youth in the most violent communities, decrease household violence, and support delivery of health, education, and vocational training services. Targets include a 50% reduction in community violence and 70% of youth participants employed, self-employed, or returning to education.

Problem Statement

Amid a climate of violence, poverty, weak government services, and struggling economies, more than 10% of 17-year-olds from Central America have migrated to the United States. Among youth from ages 15-24 in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, more than 27% (1.8 million) are not in employment, education, or training. El Salvador and Honduras have the world’s highest homicide rates. Sixty percent of Guatemalan and Honduran residents live in poverty. To restore hope and reverse an exodus of families and youth, the region needs safer communities and improved economic and educational opportunities.National governments have shown an inability to address these challenges due to corruption, a weak economy, and extreme violence. Faith institutions, local governments, and the private sector have greater capacity to provide effective services for people in need. They are well positioned to address violence and provide youth with safe spaces, skill training, economic opportunities, and decision-making power. These entities, however, lack coordinating mechanisms, enabling grants, and evidence-based tools and approaches. The Hope at Home project will fill this gap, reverse entrenched violence, and address the push and pull factors behind migration.In 2018 through its community partners in El Salvador, World Vision supported 52,000 children and adolescents with education, economic development assistance, and child protection services. Of these children, only two migrated. Local church partners, a key point of leverage, invested $6 for every dollar spent by World Vision. Together, we have shown we can provide hope at home, and we are now eager to scale this work.

Solution Overview

World Vision will work through existing partnerships with more than 2,300 churches and over 1,700 communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide technical skills, training, funding, and tools necessary to instill 100,000 youth with renewed hope in their future. Cure Violence and World Vision will reduce violence in the most turbulent communities by empowering and enabling communities to: •Decrease community acceptance of violence, reduce and prevent violence, and facilitate instruction in positive parenting;•Deliver critical youth-defined services including: training and mentorship to prepare for employment; service learning projects; youth clubs and centers; and mechanisms for engagement in community decision making. The project and community violence prevention committees will leverage church contributions (volunteers, safe physical spaces, access to youth, and the spiritual and moral authority of churches), along with the guidance and expertise of local government, and the services of local education, health, and law enforcement agencies, and local businesses. This solution places youth at the center, increasing their agency, and empowering them to demand better services and work with the church and community to facilitate improved service delivery.World Vision will work with, and continue to influence, local decision makers to allocate funding and implement policies and strategies that improve community and household safety and provide greater economic opportunities. Over the life of the Hope at Home project, targets include a 50% reduction in community violence and 70% of youth participants employed, self-employed, or returning to education.

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