On November 12, 2012 five fellows from YouthActionNet® Universidad Tecnologica Centroamericana (UNITEC) program attended a nationally televised session cabinet session with the President of Honduras, José Porfirio Lobo Sosa, to present their ideas and explain the work they have done to help the disadvantaged populations of Honduras.
At the meeting, the fellows and administrators of the YouthActionNet® program were able to show and explain the YouthActionNet® social entrepreneurship program and its impact around the world. President Lobo and his Cabinet members were impressed with the work of these young, social change agents and have thus pledged to give additional special recognition to the fellows. During the meeting, it was also suggested that the Ministry of Youth investigate how the Honduran government could facilitate encouraging students to support the fellows’ projects, as part of required volunteer service.
“As these youth said, as Hondurans we need to open our hearts to those who need a helping hand. And see the reality of peoples’ lives,” remarked President Lobo.
These five fellows represent part of the inaugural class of ten of the YouthActionNet® Central American program. The additional five youth were from Costa Rica and recognized by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica Premio Yo Creo YouthActionNet®. These initiatives select young people from all over the two countries who have created sustainable ventures with a positive impact. Fellows from Costa Rica were also publically recognized by Cabinet members in their respective country for their outstanding work.