Youth Leadership Education Campaign (YLC)

In the past ten years, CoCoDA has partnered with other organizations to support the Youth Leadership Education Campaign (YLC). This program helps between 30-35 youth attend college each year from the Santa Marta and Suchitoto regions. While tuition is only $50 a year in El Salvador, living in San Salvador is very expensive. The YLC program provides two rent free student houses.

This is not a loan program. As part of this scholarship program, these students commit to return to their home villages nearly every weekend to offer classes and workshops based on their area of study. In this way, they serve as mentors and examples to the younger children and create a culture that values and honors college education. In addition, many of these students return to be leaders in their home communities.

In 2019, we assisted our partners in safeguarding the sustainability of this program by raising the funds to purchase purchase a student dormitory, thereby giving the program a permanent home and eliminating the cost of rent. This will allow the expansion and improvement of the properties as well as an increased capacity to provide lodging to scholars.

Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways...

  1. Visit the student house, meet the scholars and hear their aspirations.
  2. Raise money to support the construction of a second floor at the student dormitory.
  3. Visit Santa Marta or Suchitoto on a weekend and participate in the workshops led by these scholars.
  4. Support an anti-gang program in one of our communities.

The Scholarship YLC students expressing their thanks to the many donors to the scholarship fund.


Scholarship House Becomes REALITY



In late February, after years of fundraising, CoCoDA provided our partners ADES with a $75,000 grant to purchase a large home in San Salvador to serve as a dormitory for the Youth Leadership Campaign (YLC). After years of paying rent, the program now has a permanent home within walking distance from the University of El Salvador.


For many years, CoCoDA has been supporting the Youth Leadership Campaign (YLC) in El Salvador. This unique program provides room and board for about 35 university students each year. In El Salvador, while tuition is low, expenses to live in San Salvador are too high for most rural families. YLC has made it possible for nearly 150 students at graduate from university and return with vital skills for their communities.


Special thanks to the following people and groups that have made this dream come true...communities.
  • Richard and Barbara Cook
  • Mark and Leslie Spira Lopez
  • Alan Penczek
  • Helen Ganotis
  • River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • The Brave Heart Foundation