Empower and Educate Guatemalan Teens!

Invest in a community cultural center for education, creativity and youth leadership in Ciudad Peronia.

Peronia Adolescente/AGUJA

Our story

Guatemalan youth in crisis:

In recent years, the situation for Guatemala’s youth has become increasingly perilous. In 2018, over 50,000 Guatemalans travelling as families were apprehended at the U.S. border as they fled extreme and intractable poverty, hunger, climate change and violence. In the urban barrios of Guatemala City, over half of all children are chronically malnourished. Only four out of ten teens will graduate high school, forcing the majority of the community’s youth into grossly underpaid jobs or even criminal activity, where they may fall victim to a child-murder rate that is ten times greater than in the U.S.

Hope and Empowerment:

Peronia Adolescente/Teen Peronia is a  Guatemalan youth-founded and operated grassroots non-profit. Since 2004, the organization has worked with local youth, families, schools and community leaders to bring hope and opportunity to Peronia teens. Peronia Adolescente consistently delivers comprehensive educational opportunities including scholarships, tutoring, support groups and creative arts programming. Through an innovative methodology, Peronia Adolescente teens are trained in youth leadership and civic participation and give back to their community through volunteering, public art and performance and local campaigns for child and adolescent protection and rights.

Call to action:

Since day one, Peronia Adolescente has rented a space in the community to offer its services at no cost to local families. This year, the owners of the rented building that we currently occupy are selling the property, and they have asked the organization to either buy it or leave by fall of 2019. We are convinced that investing in the purchase of this property is a powerful and strategic decision that will strengthen the group’s impact and reach and will provide long-term access to education, support and culture for generations of youth to come.

Long-term impact

If at-risk Peronia teens have continued access to a safe and permanent youth center in their community they will be able to pursue higher education, break generational cycles of poverty and participate in the construction of a culture of peace and youth rights in their community.

How you can support:

  1. Donate! We are urgently seeking donations of any amount towards our 25,000 USD Phase One goal (we have given ourselves the goal of raising half of the total $50,000 needed for the project during this current 45 day campaign). The Strachan Foundation has generously pledged $12,000 in matching donations;for every $2 you donate, they will give $1 towards the cause! 100% of the funds raised will go towards the purchase of the property
  2. Pledge your continued support: Consider becoming a monthly donor
  3. Help us spread the word! Even if you can’t donate now, please share this campaign via social media, letter writing, newsletters and within your local community.
  4. Join our support team! Volunteer your expertise, guidance and time to the youth of Peronia by helping us with strategic planning, communications, organizational strengthening and continued fundraising efforts. Please contact Anna Hadingham (anna.hadingham@gmail.com) for more information.



Updates

06/21/2019

Why support Peronia Adolescente?
Because art and expression are human rights
Because borders shouldn’t determine the value of human life.
Because another world is possible.

Why support Peronia Adolescente?Because art and expression are human rightsBecause borders shouldn't determine the value of human life.Because another world is possible.Please donate today: https://hipgive.org/project/empower-and-educate-guatemalan-teens/

Posted by Anna Hadingham on Thursday, June 20, 2019



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06/13/2019

Check out some of the art, culture and youth leadership promoted by Peronia Adoelscente:



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06/13/2019

Check out some of the art, culture and youth leadership promoted by Peronia Adoelscente:



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06/13/2019

With the support of 65 generous donors, we are almost a quarter of the way there! Be a part of the fight for change, opportunity and freedom of expression for Guatemalan teens and donate today! Your donation will be matched!



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06/01/2019

Jaime is a young teenager who has grown up participating in Peronia Adolescente’s educational, artistic and leadership programs. After five years of participating in both formal and alternative academic training, he has developed critical thinking skills that drive him to continue dreaming and to fight for a dignified life despite of the economic anxiety in which he lives. Today “Titi” as his friends know him, is an example of a youth participant that needs a Community Cultural Center that continues allowing him to achieve the maximum potential of his academic, psychological and artistic abilities.

Watch Titi’s Story by clicking the link below:



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05/25/2019

Jaime es actualmente un adolescente que ha crecido en los procesos que brinda la Asociación “Peronia Adolescente”, después de cinco años de formación integral permanente, ha desarrollado un pensamiento crítico lo que le ha impulsado a seguir soñando y luchar por una vida digna a pesar de la zozobra económica en la que le ha tocado vivir, hoy “Titi” como lo conocen sus amigos, es un ejemplo de la niñez y juventud que necesita un Centro Cultural Comunitario que le siga beneficiando a conseguir el máximo potencial de sus capacidades físicas, psicológicas y artísticas.



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