PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
We focus on impoverished communities in Guatemala and El Salvador with a special mission to keep youth in school, teach income producing skills to women and youth, and mentor future leaders.
Annual transportation scholarships allow young people to continue their education beyond 8th grade when many are forced to leave school for lack of funds
Six-month vocational classes for women and youth teach skills such as dressmaking, cosmetology, computer literacy, electricity, and baking.
Students receiving scholarships provide supervision for younger children whose mothers are in vocational classes.
Women use the skills they learn in vocational classes to establish small businesses or apply for jobs. Co-partners provides equipment, such as computers and industrial sewing machines, and local trainer salaries for classes in income-generating skills.
Half of the course graduates report increased income from their newly acquired skills.
During Co-partners annual visits to Guatemala and El Salvador, volunteers provide leadership training to give women and youth tools to identify community problems and develop solutions that they learn how to implement and evaluate. Our local partners manage their organizations, handle funds, hire instructors and work with local officials to sustain program activities.