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Strategic Priorities2019-05-07T14:44:10+00:00


Research shows that through youth-centered programming, providing young people not just with knowledge but with the skills, attitudes, values and support they need, they will thrive as adults, enjoy good health, succeed economically, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. This research, along with almost a decade of field work, is the basis for the strategic priorities outlined below.


Local Resilience Hubs

In September 2018, the first pilot Resilience Hubs was established in Tecpán, Chimaltenango and in 2019 we are launching a Hub in Uspantán, Quiché. These Hubs will be a safe, youth-focused space within the community and provide support and encouragement for young people to contribute to the enrichment of their communities, and fulfill their potential through leadership, engaged citizenship and the creation of positive relationships.

The Hubs will also be a focal point for fostering a cross-sectoral, collaborative approach across multiple NGOs, CBOs and private sector organizations, developing an ecosystem of support and services in service of youth-led community development.


The following organizations and institutions are active collaborating Hub partners: ProMujer, SERniña, and Enactus.


We have plans to open future Youth Hubs in Guatemala and El Salvador. Contact us to see how you can become involved.

Volcán de Fuego – Pathways to Resilience

SERES is working to support people from the communities directly impacted by the Volcán de Fuego eruption in Guatemala to “bounce forward”, achieving resiliency and sustainability through economic and social transformation by 2025.

Our “Pathways to Resilience” project will support young survivors of the Volcán de Fuego disaster to create resilience, lead healthy, productive lives and build resilient, sustainable communities by engaging and empowering young people from the impacted area to play a key role in designing and implementing community projects for the transitional shelter camps as well as their new homes.

You can make a donation to support those impacted in the Volcán de Fuego disaster here.

Find out more about SERES’ full response to the crisis.

Next Generation Leaders

By 2020, we are committed to transforming lives and communities by providing education, training, and skills building to 1,500 young men and women from 6 municipalities in Guatemala and El Salvador, supporting them to be responsible members of society that are actively contributing towards building more just and sustainable communities while building a cohort of emerging community leaders and knowledge brokers who are building more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable communities in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Support a new leader’s journey today

“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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