Interview with Paul Teeple, Chief of Party, Honduras Workforce Development Activity (Empleando Futuros), Banyan Global, by Maria Brindlmayer, Senior KM Specialist, YouthPower Learning. The full interview is available here.
Presentation from Louis Alexander, Principal Associate for Youth Practice, and David Morgan, Senior Program Coordinator from Banyan Global on "Empleando Futuros: Workforce Development to Employ the Future of Honduras". A recording and presentation slides can be found here.
2016 - 2021
The goal of Honduras Workforce Development Activity is to provide realistic and sustainable opportunities for employment, thereby increasing the protective factors for at-risk youth in Honduras’s high-crime areas.
Banyan Global is implementing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Honduras Workforce Development (WFD) Activity under the USAID YouthPower Implementation Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. This WFD Activity, named Empleando Futuros (Employing Futures,) targets at-risk youth living in Honduran municipalities most affected by violence and crime. Through Empleando Futuros, the project teams up with strategically positioned partners and technical service providers to establish training and job insertion pathways, partnerships, and instruments targeting at-risk youth who are often both the perpetrators and victims of violence. Empleando Futuros’ overall goal is to provide realistic and sustainable opportunities for employment, including self-employment, thereby increasing the protective factors for at-risk youth in Honduras’s high-crime areas.
Empleando Futuros has offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula but works with a network of organizations throughout Central and Northern Honduras. Program activities include strengthening and expanding current workforce programs, launching programs and services in underserved communities, and strengthening ties between the business community and workforce development implementers to ensure that training responds to market needs. Ultimately, participating at-risk youth will have the highest rate possible of job placement and career success. It is expected that by the close of the project in 2021, multiple institutions will be working in high-violence communities and that they will be capable of providing high-quality, fully integrated employability, vocational and technical training programs, ensuring that thousands of youth are active in the job market.
Overview of the Gender Analysis
The gender analysis explores the societal, cultural and institutional factors that contribute to gender inequalities in Honduras, the disempowerment of women, and the continued epidemic of gender-based violence (GBV), all within the context of the Workforce Development Activity. The analysis informed the design of an inclusion strategy which identified a positive way forward in reaching gender equality and addressing GBV in the target municipalities.
Banyan Global is implementing the five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Empleando Futuros (Employing Futures) project in Honduras. This project targets at-risk youth, providing job training and placement through a comprehensive and inclusive multi-pronged approach.
The Empleando Futuros project employs a positive youth development (PYD) model that builds capacity across individuals and communities to achieve Result 1: Train 7,500 at-risk youth and insert 3,750 at-risk youth into the job market. The Empleando Futuros training model includes: life skills; cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); basic labor competencies; technical/vocational training; and job insertion. Each at-risk youth is assigned a mentor that assists him or her in staying in the training program, supports job placement, and continues to provide guidance throughout the work experience.
The WFD Activity contributes to the implementation of CDCS DO-1:Citizen security increased for vulnerable populations in urban high-crime areas. (See Figure 1) This objective is to be achieved through the following intermediate result (IR) and two sub-intermediate results (SubIRs): IR 1.1: Resilience of communities and individuals to crime increased o Sub-IR 1.1.1: Community structures that mitigate against crime improved o Sub-IR 1.1.2: Quality services that protect against violence increased