Nicaragua: Improving Outcomes for Young People

In March 2019, NCSC representatives met with members of a community support network funded through the Gang Violence Prevention Program in Nicaragua. 

The NCSC team met with community leaders and youth who will benefit from community support networks, through which former gang members will learn from their peers and develop personal development plans. Through investments in community support networks, NCSC provides the tools for young people to engage positively with other young people and their families, and to mitigate conflict. 

The visit included motivational talks to promote self-esteem, improve decision-making, enhance personal development, manage intrafamilial relationships and avoid substance abuse. The youth present at the talks expressed their gratitude to be part of the program, with one participant mentioning he was looking forward to receiving help to overcome his addictions. 
The Gang Violence Prevention Program in Nicaragua is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).