Mission, Vision, & Values

Very simply, the Hands Offering Hope Youth Leadership Institute exists to open doors for driven, excellent young people hidden by poverty through a global network of experts.

Mission

We work to see children and youth around the world thrive by offering hope, love and opportunity through a global community of experts. We do this through:

 

  • Implementing + supporting transformative, holistic programming that unlocks the potential of the individuals and communities we serve
  • World class training, mentorship, professional development, tailored care and career enhancing opportunities
  • Deploying experts and their gifts for excellence and good
  • Committing to intentional partnerships with local leaders
  • Unconditional love

Vision

All youth and children have inherent value and deserve the opportunity to thrive in a way that changes their world for the better forever. We will make this a reality.

Alejandro is one of our first graduates of the Institute. In 2015, he came to us shy, nervous and unsure of his future. Today, Alejandro is soaring with potential. He graduated at the top of his high school class and was chosen to represent his state in a national public speaking competition. He finished our Fellows program and decided to attend Escuela Bancaria y Comercial where he is the top of his class and has been awarded full scholarship to attend. Alejandro was the first recipient of our Radical Advocacy Grant allowing him to come to the US to study English in 2017. He was our first ever Student Director and is poised to transform his community through commerce and trade. We love this young man and his vision, heart and compassion!

Alejandro

2017 Student Director

If you know Angela, you immediately realize how in love she is with animals. Her passion radiates for creatures of all shapes and sizes. Angy joined our Institute family in 2016. We immediately fell in love with her fire for life, creativity and compassion for her peers. This year, as a fellow, Angy mapped out her pathway to attend one of the most prestigious veterinary schools in Mexico. Angy graduated high school at the top of her class – this young lady is smart, driven and ready to change the world. After finishing the Fellows program, Angy has been volunteering at the local animal shelter and even rescued a puppy from Chiquila. We are so proud of her!

Angela

2017 Fellow

 

Watch out world! Erminio is going to be the next great chef of Mexico. His passion for food and cooking lights up a room. We met Erminio in 2016 when he interviewed to join the incoming class. You could immediately tell this young man was full of curiosity and life. The first year program gave him the chance to speak his dreams into being. He wants to travel the world, tasting food and developing his own dishes to enrich the food culture in his community. Erminio graduated from the Fellows class this year and won 3rd place in the public speaking competition. We are confident that years from now, we’ll be able to invite you to his famous restaurant!

Erminio

2017 Fellow

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