Community School Spotlight: IMPACT
San Pedro Sula, Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Youth are at risk of being exposed to violence every day. Since 2013, Glasswing and its partner HanesBrands, Inc. have been working together to provide youth with more opportunities and keep them in school longer through our Community Schools program. Coming on the heels of the recent study by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, we went to find out what this impact really means first-hand, at P.S. Manuel Bodilla, one of our Community Schools in the city.
Q: What is the biggest difference you have seen at school since Glasswing’s arrival? Have you seen improvement in their academic performance?
A: Students are more responsible and committed. Thanks to Glasswing and Hanes, there is a higher quality of education at the school and there are more student leaders. Since their arrival, we have seen a significant improvement in all subjects.
Q: Have you seen a change in enrollment?
A: Yes. Enrollment has increased on a yearly basis since 2013, the year Glasswing and Hanes entered our community. We are up 25% in just the past year. Students report that they feel safer in school and are more motivated to attend school every day.
Q: Are there less cases of kids dropping out of school?
A: Yes. Our drop-out rate is currently close to 0%. Previously, our students struggled to stay in school. Desertion rates are high in all of Central America, but we are seeing that kids are more interested and want to be here.
Q: Have there been any changes in youth’s attitudes?
A: Youth have improved their self-esteem. They are better leaders and the after-school program has awakened an interest in learning in them. Students have reported that being enrolled in the after-school program has helped them have a more positive attitude and has helped them improve their behavior.
Q: How about changes in relationships with their peers, teachers, parents, and the community in general?
A: Definitely. There has been a notable change in the students. They are all-around better people who demonstrate an improvement in leadership skills and currently take a more active role within their communities. Some are now even volunteers! We have also seen that students get along better with their peers and we have even seen an improvement in the attitudes and behavior of teachers.