By Efrain Gutierrez, MPA Student at the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
On behalf of the Seattle International Foundation, I recently traveled to Guatemala and El Salvador as part of the foundation’s research efforts in poverty alleviation in Central America. The project called “Measuring Youth Leadership Development in Central America” was designed with an innovative participatory approach that puts program participants and local nonprofits at the center of the research, treating them like partners and respecting their experience and knowledge.
- I met with local nonprofits working with vulnerable groups such as at risk youth, young women and indigenous communities to better understand how different programs affect the life of the people of Central America in different ways. Some of the organizations participating in the project are:
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Please watch the following video that shows part of my experience in El Salvador. The final report will be released on this blog in June 2010.For more information visit the project webpage: http://bit.ly/youthleadershipCA. Or contact me, Efrain Gutierrez, at: email@example.com