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Banyan Global implements the Honduras Workforce Development (WFD) Activity under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) YouthPower Implementation indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Named Empleando Futuros (Employing Futures), the WFD Activity targets at-risk youth living in the seven Honduran municipalities that are most affected by violence, crime, and irregular migration: Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Choloma, Tela, La Ceiba, Villanueva, and La Lima, which is an important part of the strategic 2014 “Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle.” The Banyan Global team has developed pathways, partnerships, and instruments targeting at-risk youth, implementing a comprehensive training-and-mentoring model. The overarching goal of Empleando Futuros is to provide realistic, sustainable opportunities for youth employment, with the understanding that sustainable employment benefits families and communities as well as the participants themselves.

With offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, Empleando Futuros is engaged in strengthening and expanding current workforce programs by developing relationships between the private sector and workforce-development implementers to ensure that training responds to market needs and to give at-risk youth the best opportunity for job placement and career success. By the close of the project in 2021, at least 22 Honduran institutions, associations, and chambers of commerce will be working more effectively in high-violence communities, providing high quality, fully integrated job orientation and training to at-risk youth.

Empleando Futuros is providing adaptive support amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, delivering at-risk youth, the private sector, civil society, and government institutions with capacity building and technical advisory assistance. For example, the Empleando Futuros team has worked across chambers of commerce, the private sector, and government institutions to develop an online biosafety course–the first of its kind in Honduras. The course was developed in one month and is operational across multiple government and private sector platforms with a goal to reach 1 million citizens. Project partners, such as the Tegucigalpa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are now customizing this course for specific industries.

Empleando Futuros is also supporting the country’s journey to self-reliance. The project team is working collaboratively with key government stakeholders, such as the Honduran National Professional Training Institute (INFOP), to institutionalize the use of its training programs and tools. This includes a set of seventeen training modules on life skills, basic labor competencies, and mentoring. As a USAID partner organization, Empleando Futuros recognizes that making resources available in ways that can be adapted and used by donor organizations and the general public is an invaluable asset for sustainability today and in the future.

Banyan Global’s submission with USAID/Honduras to the 2019 Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition on how CLA has improved the Empleando Futuros project was selected as a winner and judges’ favorite. For more information, follow Empleando Futuros on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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