From El Progreso, Honduras earlier today:
Nineteen year-old Gerald Velasquez’s family didn’t want him to pursue an education, encouraging him to find work instead…but he persisted on his own. Today he is attending a university in San Pedro Sula, and is the coordinator of OYE’s art program.
Art is a significant component of OYE’s educational approach. It helps build self-esteem, promotes developmental skills, provides self-expression, and keeps youth off the street by giving them focus.