Program offers critical youth services in Latin America

In 2010, to help improve communities where we operate, HanesBrands entered into a partnership among U.S. Agency for International Development and Glasswing International, a non-profit that addresses the root causes of poverty and violence through community empowerment, education and healthcare. Since the promising partnership began, many lives have been touched.

What started out as an after-school program offered in three public schools in El Salvador in 2010, has since flourished into a highly popular youth program offered in nine schools in Honduras.

This education initiative provides children and youth in public schools access to academically-enriching after-school activities at no cost. It benefits thousands of children by providing a curriculum that includes: Science, English, Glee, Leadership and Sports Clubs. These clubs are led by nearly 300 Hanes employee volunteers on a weekly basis in El Salvador and Honduras.

In 2016, Hanes announced its desire to extend the reach of the program even further. During Glasswing International’s annual fundraising gala, where Hanes was honored for its partnership, former Chairman and CEO Rich Noll announced the company’s committing funding for three more years to Glasswing International that will result in an additional $1 million public-private partnership to provide critical youth services in El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

The partnership among Hanes, Glasswing and the U.S. Agency for International Development will directly result in the building and operating of a high school in San Juan Opico, El Salvador, that will allow area youth to continue their education past the sixth grade. Glasswing will also expand its youth services to the Dominican Republic.

The new high school for the Centro Escolar Las Flores community near the company’s San Juan Opico textile and sock manufacturing facilities is critically needed because students cannot attend school past the sixth grade because of gang conflicts and the danger in the area where the existing high school resides.