Youth Development Initiative
Youth Development Initiative

The Youth Development Initiative, also known as Formación Fénix, is our local youth group that empowers young Nicaraguans to be active and engaged leaders through education, entrepreneurship, and community capacity-building. The work of the Fénix youth also benefits the larger community by educating and empowering future leaders.

For many years, the Formación Fénix program partnered with the organization Casa Verde, growing and impacting the youth in the Limón region of Nicaragua. Now CREA is honored to be working with Formación Fénix.

Educational Opportunities

In most of Nicaragua, only one in three young people will finish high school. Students who participate in Formación Fénix have a 100% high school graduation rate, and of those, 95% matriculate into institutions of higher education after graduation. Our education programs include tutoring as well as workshops that focus on leadership, goal-setting, career preparation, and the creation of a professional portfolio.

Once Formación Fénix students graduate from high school, they are eligible to apply for a scholarship through CREA to support higher education, ranging from a two-year technical degree in English language or computer skills, or up to a five-year university degree. Most students study tourism, hospitality, engineering, or nursing – fields that hold the promise of professional success in the future.

The Youth Development Initiative, also known as Formación Fénix, is our local youth group that empowers young Nicaraguans to be active and engaged leaders through education, entrepreneurship, and community capacity-building. The work of the Fénix youth also benefits the larger community by educating and empowering future leaders.

For many years, the Formación Fénix program partnered with the organization Casa Verde, growing and impacting the youth in the Limón region of Nicaragua. Now CREA is honored to be working with Formación Fénix.

Educational Opportunities

In most of Nicaragua, only one in three young people will finish high school. Students who participate in Formación Fénix have a 100% high school graduation rate, and of those, 95% matriculate into institutions of higher education after graduation. Our education programs include tutoring as well as workshops that focus on leadership, goal-setting, career preparation, and the creation of a professional portfolio.

Once Formación Fénix students graduate from high school, they are eligible to apply for a scholarship through CREA to support higher education, ranging from a two-year technical degree in English language or computer skills, or up to a five-year university degree. Most students study tourism, hospitality, engineering, or nursing – fields that hold the promise of professional success in the future.

Micro-Business Projects

Bicis Fénix: By renting bikes to locals and foreigners alike, the youth learn how to run a small business, gain confidence, and learn responsibility, while raising funds to support local college scholarships to further their education.

Creaciones Fénix: This is a micro-enterprise creating handicrafts from recycled materials managed by Fenix participants. Students create products and learn selling strategies as well as generate income to support future scholarships.

Manos Verdes: This is an organic plant nursery and vermiculture micro-enterprise. Youth sell products to community members, visitors, and expat residents. Participants receive training and evaluate their progress.

Community Health Project

Formación Fénix students also engage in a community health project that promotes health education in the local communities. Through a partnership with a local women’s rights organization, Casa de la Mujer, Fénix participants receive vital training on topics ranging from bullying to healthy relationships. Armed with knowledge, Fénix students are invited into various community schools to present and share what they have learned.

Micro-Business Projects

Bicis Fénix: By renting bikes to locals and foreigners alike, the youth learn how to run a small business, gain confidence, and learn responsibility, while raising funds to support local college scholarships to further their education.

Creaciones Fénix: This is a micro-enterprise creating handicrafts from recycled materials managed by Fenix participants. Students create products and learn selling strategies as well as generate income to support future scholarships.

Manos Verdes: This is an organic plant nursery and vermiculture micro-enterprise. Youth sell products to community members, visitors, and expat residents. Participants receive training and evaluate their progress.

Community Health Project

Formación Fénix students also engage in a community health project that promotes health education in the local communities. Through a partnership with a local women’s rights organization, Casa de la Mujer, Fénix participants receive vital training on topics ranging from bullying to healthy relationships. Armed with knowledge, Fénix students are invited into various community schools to present and share what they have learned.

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The Nicaraguan Education Resource Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

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