Understanding the Youth Perspective: The Participatory Youth Assessment
Guatemala is considered a "youth bulge" nation, with almost 70 percent of the population under age 30.
Since 2011, approximately 8,000 ‐ 10,000 youth have engaged in gangs, drug trafficking, and illicit narcotics, and increasing numbers of youth are emigrating, with more than 14,000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala at the U.S. border in recent years. Yet crime and violence is not the whole story. In order to build a baseline for the five-year, USAID-funded Guatemala Lifelong Learning Project (2014-2019), led by Juarez and Associates, Inc., Plan International administered the Participatory Youth Assessment (PYA) 2015 to understand the motivations and real circumstances of youth in the Western Highlands.
- Five out of 10 youth did not complete basic education.
- Six out of 10 youth left school due to lack of finances.
- Seven out of 10 youth wanted to start a business but lacked financing and knowledge of how to do so.
- Youth participation in the community is very low, especially in leadership positions, and young women participate at lower rates.
- 38 percent of youth had considered migrating to the United States.
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