The GO-funded leadership program held in two detention centers near Guatemala City helped transform the lives of teenage boys living in the centers. The program, led and organized by Eleazar de Jesus Rodriquez and a team of social workers and volunteers, included discussions and activities that fostered a positive self-image, instilled leadership skills and taught the teens how to have a healthy and safe lifestyle. Educational materials were created and distributed to help the boys retain the lessons learned and educate others thus becoming positive peer-to-peer role models.
Seventeen-year-old Elvis C. participated in the leadership program and told GO: “It’s good that people want to help us. I am grateful that Eleazar teaches us how we can have a better life. We can help others like us and give them hope.”