N/NSCP provides 185 teens a bright future through our afterschool program at our Nagarote Community Center.
- Gangs eliminated in barrios where we work
- Teen pregnancy rates much lower among kids on our programs
- Teaching nutrition through our Healthy Children Program
- Teaching computer skills, English, martial arts, theater, art, and sewing
Like the slums surrounding many third-world cities, barrio Jeronimo Lopez mushroomed over the past 40 years, as the Nicaraguan economy drove more and more farmers into central Nagarote looking for work, which few found. Shacks were thrown up, trees cut down. It’s a place where most of the 200 families struggle to get by on less than $2 a day, and rice and beans are about all they ever eat.
Barrio Jeronimo Lopez used to be a haven for teen gangs, but now the Youth Afterschool Project, our provides after-school program for 185 teens. The teens tell us what they want to learn and we find the teachers. They also attend workshops on subjects like teen pregnancy, substance abuse, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS. Over the years, the program has included classes in English, computers, reading and writing, dressmaking, tailoring, baking, painting, guitar, hair styling, and sports. Community service is an important component.