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jessel-end-of-yearName: Jessel Recinos Fernandez

Country: Honduras

Program: Emerging Young Leaders Award 

Legacy Leader Profile: Jessel grew up in a suburb of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a city that has been called “the murder capital of the world.” During his adolescence, he turned to gangs and violence and soon became a gunshot victim. This was a turning point for him and he went on to found Skate Brothers, a club where at-risk youth learn rollerblading, skateboarding, BMX, and breakdancing. The club, run out of an outreach center, gives at-risk youth a safe and positive environment while helping them avoid gangs and stay in school. Jessel joined 9 other global leaders for the Emerging Young Leaders Award honoring  young people from around the world for their efforts in building sustainable peace and constructive social change in their communities.

“I think that I am in this world with one more opportunity, and this opportunity life gave me I use to rescue the kids here … so that they don’t live the difficulty I lived.”

What Legacy Are You Leaving? Through the generous donations of partner organizations and individuals we can provide global leaders like Jessel with the tools to create a lasting Legacy in his community.

Each year the U.S. Department of State honors 10 outstanding young people from around the world for their efforts in building sustainable peace and constructive social change in their communities. Legacy International administers the exchange program that will set the honorees on paths for increased collaboration on global issues affecting youth, particularly those involved in combating extremism, empowering voices, and peace building.

Your donation creates real, practical, and sustainable change by supporting a global network of youth leaders spanning five continents. If you are a Federal Employee: (or have a relative or friend who is- please tell them) You can donate directly in the “Youth Leaders for the Future: A Legacy Initiative” #11143 in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

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