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SERES cultivates and catalyzes youth leaders to create just and sustainable communities in Central America. We inspire and affirm young people to contribute to the enrichment of their communities, fulfill potential, create positive relationships, and become engaged citizens.


We are proudly a youth-led, women-led organization with over 60% of our staff graduates of our programs. Bootstrapped by two young folk in their 20s, SERES’ success proves that youth, regardless of their personal circumstances and societal contexts, are powerful catalysts for positive change.


Now more than ever, we need to be the change we wish to see in the world by choosing how and where we invest our time, attention, and financial resources. Whether it’s a backpack full of tools for transformation, or a monthly commitment to support a leaderful generation, your contribution to SERES goes directly to the development of our young leaders and the shaping of a more resilient future for us all.


Ema López is an 18-year-old young Maya indigenous woman from San Miguel de Uspantán, El Quiché, Guatemala. Ema first became involved in SERES in 2016, when her sister invited her to join a meeting of the local youth group. Since then, Ema has moved forward in leaps and bounds, enthusiastically attending as many events and trainings as she can and working hard to put all that she has learned into action.

“No other institution or organization is offering such holistic and safe learning spaces as SERES does. Thanks for everything.”

Marta Vargas, SERES Ambassador

“SERES means a lot in my life. It’s a circle of friendship for learning, transformation and personal growth. It’s a place of trust and confidence. As a SERES facilitator, I get to transmit all of this to other people”

Wilson Sánchez, SERES Facilitator

“The tools that SERES teaches us help us to replicate the work in our communities…we can reach more people, empower more youth, and make our action plans at the local level known at the regional level.”

Julio Tojín, SERES Ambassador

“The spaces that SERES provides are places where we can be our full selves – the good and the bad – and that’s always something to appreciate. I feel valued because here it’s not your academic achievements that make a person, it’s the way you think and your ability to keep going…”

Gaspar Laines Juil

“I have felt included and connected from the minute that I became involved (in SERES). It has helped me grow in my own personal leadership. SERES never tells me what to do, but they support me to make the decisions that are right for me.”

Axel Salanic

“To feel that I’m a part of a movement at the level of UNESCO has confirmed for me that I am doing valuable things. I’m fortunate to belong to this global movement for action”

Antonio Cruz Sanchez, SERES co-founder


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