“Six or seven people started beating me. I felt scared, overwhelmed… I couldn’t do anything,” said 21-year-old Jaime, a survivor of violence who sought medical care at Nejapa’s Health Clinic, where Glasswing implements the Sanando Heridas (Healing Wounds) program in partnership with USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Government of Japan. The program’s objective is to break the cycle of violence addressing victims with trauma from a holistic perspective.
Since the spring, Glasswing has been working with students at International High School at Union Square (IHS-US), a New York City public school for migrant youth. Almost half of the students at this school, are from Latin America and the Caribbean, ages 16 to 22, and are English language learners who have been in the U.S. four years or less and live in single-parent homes. Currently, we implement a youth-led curriculum that directly responds to students’ personal, academic and professional interests and priorities. Our students receive hands-on experience in social skills development, literacy, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
“From my participation in the clubs, I realized that there are many children who need attention who have their own problems. As a volunteer, I can help to improve the life of someone else,” he said. This way of thinking has made Abdías not only get involved in the Homework Club, but also support the office one or two hours per week managing volunteer databases, assembling kits of materials, and supporting during youth entrepreneurship fairs.
Glasswing co-founders Ken, Celina, and Diego with independent journalist and producer Maria Elena Salinas, Glasswing Community School student beneficiary Ana, and Glasswing ambassador Fernando Palomo.