2016 - 2021
The goal of Empleando Futuros is to provide realistic and sustainable opportunities for youth employment, thereby increasing the protective factors or reducing risk factors for at-risk youth in Honduras’s high-crime urban areas. To achieve this goal, Empleando Futuros works toward three results:
1. train 7,500 youth in vulnerable areas of Honduras and insert 3,750 into the labor market;
2. strengthen the capacity of the Honduran National Institute for Professional Training (INFOP) to provide quality services and align its training services with the needs of the private sector;
3. train 400 youth who have been in conflict with the law and insert 160 of them into the workforce or self-employment.
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.