Brayan Martinez had dropped out of school, was introduced to drugs and facing pressure to join a gang. Community-based support helped him move back to a place of stability.

Facilitated through Proponte Más, a family based violence prevention project funded by USAID, the presence of family promoters in targeted communities are proving that even small actions can make a big difference for Honduran families. Working in a country with one of the highest murder per capita rates in the world, family promoters are trained to work with young people exposed to a certain level of risk, supporting them in school, with health needs and in their professional development.

After meeting with a promoter in his neighborhood, Brayan has begun volunteering in his community outreach center and is training to become a welder. The guidance he received has allowed him, and many others, to make choices that are slowly changing the narrative around youth and violence in Honduras.