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Ana Lara: The Importance of Empowerment

22/06/2017

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With Ana Lara’ encouragement, our students learn to develop self-knowledge, to set short and long term goals, to think more positively, to understand that they can and will overcome adversity and change their futures for the better.

It’s difficult enough coping with the pressure of growing up, studying for exams and the imminent search for a career, but for students at the School of Hope, the additional stress of their upbringings can prove just too much. Sadly, it all too often results in them simply giving up and dropping out of school at the most crucial stage of their education.

It’s a sad fact of life in Jocotenango that most parents do not have the ‘’’life skills’ themselves to be able to teach their children teach their children how to persevere, be determined, have self-confidence and self-discipline. We know these are all major factors in a person’s ability to succeed in life, but our students simply don’t pick up these ‘soft skills’ at home. Many lack any form of motivation or encouragement outside school.

That’s why we decided to create the position of Youth Empowerment and Leadership Coordinator. Ana Lara’s task is to motivate our older students, to ‘empower’ them and teach them the skills that will help them overcome the many obstacles they will face in life.

With Ana Lara’ encouragement, they learn to develop self-knowledge, to set short and long term goals, to think more positively, to understand that they can and will overcome adversity and change their futures for the better.

Ana giving empowerment workshops outside

“I’m really excited to have taken on this new role,” she says.

“The goal is to have students graduate from this programme with self-confidence, good communication skills, an enthusiasm for learning, financial literacy and independence, among other skills. We want them to see themselves as the agents of change in this community, so that they can achieve the goals they set for themselves and reach their full potential.”