Empower Nicaragua was started by a team of concerned adults in a rural community in Nicaragua, two of whom were North American women. The program grew from an idea to address teens with early pregnancies to a US non-profit organization with paid staff in Nicaragua, paid teen mentors and many volunteers both in the US and Nicaragua. The program has been running for three years on donations from churches and individual donors.
Empower Nicaragua equips and trains teens to educate and mentor their peers on physical, emotional and social issues. Barriers to progress will be broken through the framework of multiplicity of leaders, who learn and pass on the Good News of the Gospel and God’s plan for their future.
Empower Nicaragua values the strength of the Holy Spirit and need for personal relationship with Christ the God given abilities of all individuals the effort of youth in a local community to make a positive difference the paradigm shift in missions empowering local community leaders and members to identify their own needs and create solutions for change.
Empower Nicaragua - What We Do
The Empower Nicaragua program is a curriculum that supports teen mentors in educating their own peers on issues that are not addressed in schools and sometimes may not be taught at home. Our adult leaders and teen mentors travel to rural communities and teach the Empower curriculum to groups of local teens.
The sessions taught are; Sex and the Media, Self Esteem, Goal Setting for your Future, Consequences of Sex before Marriage and God’s plan for Marriage. After attending all sessions, students graduate from the course and have the option to become trained and employed as an Empower mentor.
The benefits of mentoring include increasing leadership abilities, the opportunity to earn money for economic support and academic scholarships by working for Empower, and being empowered through education to make a positive change in their own lives and communities. In the three years since we started Empower, teen pregnancies have dropped by up to 40% in the pilot community of Ruben Dario and the movement is beginning to spread into other areas of Nicaragua.