Brenda Hernandez participated in the CAYA program in January of 2012. Later that year, Brenda completed a certificate program with ¡Supérate! a local Salvadoran nonprofit that provides training in English and computer science and received a full scholarship to attend the Universidad Francisco Gavidia in El Salvador. In July of 2013, Brenda was selected by her university to assist the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) translating project documents from English into Spanish.
The time she spent with CAYA sparked her interest in environmentalism, international relations and professional development. Along with her university studies, Brenda has joined the local chapter of the Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economique et Comerciales (AIESEC), an international student youth leadership organization present in 126 countries that focuses on empowering young people so they can make a positive impact on society. She has helped organize events for the organization such as the Youth to Business (Y2B) Forum. Brenda is currently working as an Administrative Assistant with ¡Supérate! and is working to complete her university degree.
The CAYA Program is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. This multi-national exchange also builds bonds of friendship and understanding between people of Central America and people of the United States.