Proyecto Acción Transformadora is building a cadre of future political leaders with the capacity to address some of the most pressing challenges facing Guatemala. Participants at each level described above will be prepared to address Guatemala’s volatility, lack of accountability in a government, and a political system that does not best represent or promote the needs of many youth who desire improved opportunities for inclusion, education and employment.
Project activities target a diverse selection of youth from rural, urban, and peri-urban areas, while still engaging middle/professional-class youth leaders to create a network of leaders, and youth-led organizations to build bridges of collaboration within Guatemala’s largest voting demographic group during a crucial political moment.
- Youth-Led Project Advisory Committee: The project is informed by a dynamic and highly motivated Youth Advisory Committee of 16 highly diverse and successful Guatemalan youth, formed by IREX to ensure that representative youth voices are heard and available to the technical team at every step of the way.
- Foundational Political Training for Potential Leaders: The training curriculum and methodology for potential leaders were developed by Proyecto Acción Transformadora, together with World Vision and Paz Joven, a Guatemalan youth-led NGO, focuses on key elements of leadership in the Guatemalan political realm, while also exploring the context of politics in Guatemala based on history, Guatemalan government structures and processes, and the political system. This training is built around the concept of transformative leadership and incorporates an active, experiential approach that provides youth opportunities to learn and practice skills and dynamics that can become part of their own leadership tools and development. This curriculum can be adapted to prepare young leaders for civic and political change in a variety of contexts.
- Scholarship Opportunities: The project’s scholarship program focused on developing leaders has identified and selected 156 participants from priority populations for scholarships or courses offered by our partners. These short courses, certificate programs, and master’s degree programs will better position these developing leaders for future leadership roles and also connect participants to a network of similarly talented and motivated change makers.
- Organizational Strengthening: IREX will provide resources to youth groups and youth-led organizations to strengthen their efforts and their own organizational capacity. The project works with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to identify and provide highly structured organizational support to 13 organizations.
- Build Networks for Young Political Leaders: IREX draws from its research and experience in the creation of a strong, multi-layered network of youth civic and political leaders that reaches youth and connects them to civic and political participation opportunities. The project will create a unified force for change among the many youth-led efforts toward stemming and preventing corruption across the country, including the voices of traditionally marginalized groups in Guatemala. A critical component of this network is to identify mentors who will contribute to individual capacity-building, motivate peers, and shape a sustainable model for Guatemala.