Evidence, family and an innovative approach to reducing youth risk
In Honduran communities with alarming levels of crime and violence, a small number of youth are most at risk of falling into the gangs that fuel conflict in their neighborhoods. The USAID Proponte Más project’s evidence-based approach identifies these youth and works through specially trained family counselors to put them on a more peaceful and promising path. Meet the families and youth that are building resilience, reducing risk and envisioning a brighter future.
Teenage cousins Steven and Yuvini were at high risk for joining a gang, but through a unique family-based violence prevention program, the boys and their family are working together to lower those risk factors for violence and build resilience.
Despite the relative isolation of the Garifuna community, there are warning signs that Garifuna youth are not immune to the risk of becoming involved in gangs. Meet a family working to draw on traditional strengths to reduce their sons’ risk.
After being released from juvenile detention, Fernando is getting the support he needs to bolster his chances of successful reintegration. See how Proponte Más is helping to make rehabilitation a priority for the state and a reality for youth and families.