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Published on 01/04/2022

CLD links youth to development opportunities with Guatemala’s Ministry of economy

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With 40% of the population ages 11 through 29[1], Guatemala has the largest youth share of the population in Latin America. The countrys youth face high levels of social and economic marginalization that exclude them from opportunities to fully achieve their development potential.

USAID´s Communities Leading Development (CLD) project, implemented by CRS, will connect almost 300 youth in the Quetzaltenango department to a series of training and certification scholarships financed by the European Union and implemented by Guatemala´s Ministry of Economy (MINECO) as part of the Ministry´s Better Employment Program.

The scholarships will benefit at least 300 youth in Quetzaltenango and neighboring Western Highland departments with training and technical qualifications in a diverse field of skills and abilities.

“Every youth has a story; my story is about lack of economic support and parents who don’t believe that women should have the same opportunities as men. Sadly, this type of story is very common for many young girls in Guatemala. A scholarship is an opportunity that I have to become a cook. -Sofía Perez Romero, CLD youth program participant. 


The program was inaugurated in Quetzaltenango with the participation of MINECO authorities, municipal and department authorities, CRS/CLD staff, and CLD youth participants in the area. Young people in vulnerable situations will strengthen their human capital through knowledge and innovation to open economic opportunities and improve their quality of life.

“USAID is helping us connect to opportunities; this is crucial for many youths who cannot pay for this type of training. This motivates us because it gives us new opportunities. I want to take bartending courses and barista training because I dream of opening a coffee shop.     Franklin Monterroso, CLD youth program participant.