Although a peace agreement was signed in 1996, corruption is still rife and the conflict continues to affect the families whose members were assassinated, disappeared, or are buried in unmarked graves.

In 2007, Y Care International supported projects in Amititlan in southern Guatemala to help young people advocate for peace in their community. Three years later Guatemala YMCA joined us as a partner on our ‘Youth Justice in Action’ Campaign.

Today we support a sports and arts project which reaches young people in schools and communities and teaches young people how to reduce conflict without using violence or joining gangs. We help educate young people on drug use and support those facing violence to find ways out of it and to be heard. We also help young people influence people in power to improve their rights.

Indigenous peoples who suffered the most in the internal conflict struggle to access services and are frequently discriminated against and excluded in their communities. Young people also face constant stigma and discrimination from the local and national media.

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Young people are learning their human rights in the face of violence

Guatemala

We're helping young people to learn about their rights and step away from violence. Photo: YCI

Health and wellbeing

International Citizen Service volunteer up for YMCA Award

Guatemala

The YMCA Youth Matters Awards celebrate the work of young people staff and volunteers from YMCAs in the UK. Photo: YMCA Youth Matters Awards

Youth Justice

ICS volunteer lobbies her MP to fight for ambitious global goals

Guatemala

International Citizen Service volunteer Lauren Parnell with Conservative MP Ben Gummer to discuss her volunteering experience with Guatemala. Photo: Lauren Parnell

International Citizen Service

Celebrating Fathers at YMCAs around the world

Guatemala, Liberia, Palestine

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Kicking violence out of Guatemala: Report on YMCA peace-building

Guatemala

Y Care International works with YMCA of Guatemala for the past two years on Sports for Change working with young people who are at risk of or affected by violence. Photo: Facebook.com/ymca.guatemala

Youth Justice

Sport for change: one year on

Guatemala

Games and sports boost the confidence and skills of young people in Guatemala - essential therapy for a post-conflict nation. Photo: Guatemala YMCA

Youth Justice

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Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, UK & Ireland

In Sierra Leone, we support the YMCA transform the lives of young people from slum communities. You can apply to volunteer for a project like this today. Photo: Nile Sprague

International Citizen Service

YMCA youth leaders aim to reduce violence in Guatemala

Guatemala

Youth Justice

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