Honduras—Youth Employment for Migration Prevention (YEMP) Activity

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2021-2026

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Honduras

Solutions: Education Economic Growth

Instability, violence, and economic fragility are generating dislocation and disillusionment among Honduran youth, leading to record levels of outmigration. Honduras’s largest potential economic assets—its youth—are fleeing the country at an alarming rate. Comprising 53 percent of the population, youth represent an enormous economic opportunity for Honduras. The Youth Employment for Migration Prevention (YEMP) Activity works to increase the employment of young people at risk of irregular migration to the United States by increasing their educational and income-generating opportunities.

Working in partnership with public and private sector stakeholders, YEMP aims to reach at least 500,000 youth at risk of irregular migration with a variety of services to assist them in becoming productively engaged in the Honduran economy and society. The Activity assists youth to secure viable employment; return to and/or complete their full formal education, alternative education, or technical and vocational training; and create innovative youth enterprises—including social enterprises—that will give youth a sense of accomplishment, stability, and financial security.

By the end of YEMP—with 500,000 young people engaged and 100,000 newly employed—the project will have laid the foundation for an economically empowered generation of Hondurans to forge close ties to their communities and have confidence in a future where they can achieve their goals.

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Sample Activities

  • Launch system for identifying and tracking school-aged, out-of-school youth at risk of migrating.
  • Improve collaboration, increase investment by key actors, co-create market-driven solutions, and scale up proven approaches to motivate diverse groups of youth to enroll in and complete secondary education and skills training.
  • Increase private sector exposure to secondary schools and technical and vocational education and training providers.
  • Facilitate soft-skill and behavior change programs with the private sector.
  • Improve the Government of Honduras’ capacity to engage youth in developing education and training programs.
  • Introduce life and career counseling services in educational institutions, employment centers, and key community spaces for youth.
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