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Lirahüñü Chatoyer" (Chatoyer's Children) Youth Leadership Development Program
Recognizing that Youth leadership development is key to building civic capacity and long-term community sustainability. The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc developed the "Lirahüñü Chatoyer" (Chatoyer's Children) Youth Leadership Development Program. The target constituency is Garifuna youth between the ages of 15-24 in New York City.
During the program, young people work together, support each other, learn about and promote their heritage, and develop skills and commitment to serve their community. The Garifuna Youth Leadership Development Program fosters civic engagement by empowering parents and youths to become leaders who advocate for increased educational opportunities.
An itegral part of the program, is the Annual Garifuna-American Essay Contest which encourages Garifuna High School students to write an essay entitled “What does it mean to be Garifuna American to encourage Garifuna High School students to honor the Garifuna-American legacy. The Essay Contest serves as a recruiting tool for the "Lirahüñü Chatoyer" (Chatoyer's Children) Garifuna Youth Leadership Development Program.
The program benefits the target audience by allowing them to become aware of themselves, of their current situation and challenges, of their goals and aspirations, and of their potential for success and leadership and to be aware of the community that surrounds them. Once aware, they will analyze themselves and their communities, become knowledgeable about them, and become able to propose solutions and engage in implementing the solutions. During the program, young people work together, support each other, learn about and promote their heritage, and develop skills and commitment to serve their community.
Overall Goal: The goal of the "Lirahüñü Chatoyer" (Chatoyer's Children) Garifuna Youth Leadership Development Program is to build resiliency skills, positive identity and self-esteem through a comprehensive positive youth development program. This tool seeks to reduce risky behaviors among middle and high school youth and to prevent them from engaging in risky behaviors in the future.
The program emphasizes effective group process. Learning in groups promotes the exchange of diverse ideas, deepening the learning experience beyond the paper curriculum. These procedures encourage group participation and involvement through critical thinking activities pertaining to peer-interaction, self-reflection, and social and cultural awareness, all with the aim of being interesting and fun!
The ultimate purpose of the Garifuna Coalition is to ensure that Garifunas in New York have access to resources and opportunities to improve their lives; to fulfill its mission, the Garifuna Coalition considers it is critical to identify, develop and cultivate young leaders. This will ensure that future generations of Garifunas not only have the skills and talent to support the coalition but also become community leaders. The outcome of this process will be community development through youth empowerment that addresses the needs of young people from a positive perspective of caring and confidence in their potential
The Board of Directors of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. a, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization is pleased to announce the Third Annual Domitila Flavia Fernandez Saravia Essay Contest to encourage Garifuna High School students to honor the Garifuna-American legacy by submitting an essay in its honor.
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