This document outlines the foundation and first year results of the H.E.L.P. Honduras organization, which was formed as a student-based, student-governed international outreach initiative at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Specifically, in its first year the organization focused on providing microcredit and service relief to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras.

After studying the case of H.E.L.P. Honduras, readers should conclude that educators interested in sponsoring sustainable student-run service learning organizations at private universities must address three primary issues: the problem of student selection and turnover, the need for administrative and faculty endorsement, and the need for sustainable internally-generated funds.

This document outlines how the H.E.L.P. organization has changed in the three years since its inception, and it provides tactical suggestions meant to guide all parties interested in replicating the H.E.L.P. model. It also contains suggestions on how the current teaching and implementation model could more closely match with the basic tenets of service learning.

After reading the following information and reviewing related literature, readers should conclude that at private universities, such as Brigham Young University, students and faculty interested in managing student-based initiatives need to take more time to build support across their institution. They also need to improve the process of student selection, find sustainable sources of funds, and tightly ground their work in the basic tenets of service learning.



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H.E.L.P. Honduras, Program, Student service, Utah, Provo, Student service, Management, Humanitarian assistance, Honduras