• Blanca

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; Blanca is the first in her family to go to high school and is studying to be a nurse.
  • Carmen

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; Carmen loves kids. She currently cares for all of her siblings and is studying to be a teacher.
  • Edwin

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz
  • Elda

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz
  • Emilia

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; Nicknamed "Emi", Emilia is a very spiritual scholar. She is involved in her local church and even has a religious radio program.
  • Juana Estela

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; Juana is secretary of the youth library committee and she's studying to be a bookkeeper!
  • Julio

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; When he's not studying or reading, Julio is a hip hop dancer with a great rapport among the young children.
  • Laura

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; Laura is the Vice President of the youth library committee, where she follows in the footsteps of her mother who runs a women's artist co-op.
  • Rosario

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz
  • Susana

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz
  • Víctor

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; Victor is always the center of attention. He's strong, quick, and smart and is very involved in the formation of the town library.
  • Zoila

    Youth Leader in Chuacruz; Zoila is the younger sister of a Reading Village graduate. She's a natural leader at home, at school, and in the community.
  • Alfredo

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Ana Marisela

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Beberly

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Cindy

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • David Eduardo

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Hendry

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Hilda

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Irma

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Isabel

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Lidia

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Martín

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Mélanny

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Ricardo

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Senayra

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • Telma

    Youth Leader in Chuiquel
  • David

    Youth Leader in Concepcion
  • Edgar

    Youth Leader in Concepcion; Edgar is very studious and quite but he is transformed into a dynamic personality when he reads to children. He enjoys good music and mixing tunes like a DJ.
  • Elena

    Youth Leader in Concepcion
  • Marta

    Youth Leader in Concepcion
  • Marta

    Youth Leader in Concepcion; Marta is a calm, collected young lady. She's an organized student who is working hard to stay in school and help support her family.
  • Olga

    Youth Leader in Concepcion; Olga's father struggles with health issues and her mother supports the family. Olga takes on a ton of responsibility to support her family, participate in our program, and succeed in school. Her work ethic has won us all over.
  • Víctor

    Youth Leader in Concepcion; Victor is a natural teacher from whom we all have something to learn. He's sensitive, patient, and attentive in all of the literacy programs that he runs. He loves music, plays in a professional band with his family, and is determined to finish his education.
  • Lilia

    Youth Leader in Los Morales; Lilia is fun, engaging young lady who loves to laugh. Off to a slow start, Lilia is just getting into her groove. She is applying what she's learned in our program to constantly make her literacy activities more dynamic and effective.
  • Mario

    Youth Leader in Los Morales; Mario is the Vice President of the youth community development group. He's not religious, per say, but has an active interest in all forms of spirituality. He's a weaver of traditional fabrics, enjoys good music, and was the first of his family to go to high school!
  • Mario

    Youth Leader in Los Morales; Mario is a singer and a musician. He plays the guitar and recently performed in a talent show at his church. Mario loves crossword puzzle and anagrams and has a knack for impersonating famous singers. This teen is a performer through and through.
  • Silvia

    Youth Leader in Los Morales; Silvia is a responsible and motivated young woman who loves to work with children. She's studying to be an elementary school teacher and is learning to play guitar in what little free time she has!
Our youth leaders live in five communities all within the Department of Solola. This department ranks among the nation’s lowest rates of school enrollment and advancement to the next grade and the effects ripple out across society: 20% of the Solola population suffers from chronic malnutrition, 43% of girls are physically stunted, 57% of the population lives in extreme poverty, and the majority of people have just one dollar to spend on food every day.

Against this backdrop of struggle and injustice lies a generation of teenagers who are eager to work hard for a brighter future. Participants in our Leaders & Readers Program are committed, resourceful, and generous individuals whom we are excited to support as they pave a path of prosperity for themselves and their communities.