Possible to sponsor child in young adult program after graduation?

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Hello - My sponsored child is turning 18 at the end of the month. He lives in Honduras, so it looks like that means he will age out of the program. I believe he’ll graduate in December, so I’m assuming he will also graduate the Compassion program then? I know Compassion offers a young adult program in Honduras that continues through 22 (we learned about it when visiting him), so I’m wondering if I’ll be able to continue to sponsor him that way. Or just what happens after he graduates? I hope to stay in touch and support his future education through Compassion if possible. Thanks!
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Lacey Hunter

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Sierra, Employee

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Hi, Lacey! Thank you for reaching out to us. The maximum age of graduation in Honduras is 22; however, this does vary from center to center. I see that according to our records, Gerardo is scheduled to graduate Compassion's program this month. Unfortunately, he will not be in Compassion's program after that, so you will be unable to support him in that way. :( I am sorry for any disappointment this may cause, but we are so thankful for the time that you have supported him!
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Thanks Sierra! Does Compassion have a skills-based program for ages 18 - 22 in Honduras? My husband and I visited the program in person in 2017, and that's when we were told about it. It was mentioned as something Marlon Gerardo might be eligible for, which is why I am following up. Also, should I expect a communication about his upcoming graduation from the program? About a last letter and gift, giving permission to share my contact info, ect.? Finally, does the fact that he is graduating this month mean the Compassion program ends on his 18th birthday (vs during school graduation, which is in Dec.?). I'm asking because I have sent a Christmas gift. Thanks.
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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I had a girl in Ecuador graduate in November right after she turned 17! (I thought I'd have another year with her). I guess she wanted to leave the community to pursue further studies. But it was still quite hard to let her go.
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Lacey Hunter

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Thanks for the comment Sarah! In my child's letters, he's mentioned wanting to help support his family after graduation, so I'm guessing he may plan to work full time. I'll be praying that he has opportunities to better his life and that of his family!
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Lacey Hunter

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Hi Sarah! I want to follow up on this. I haven't gotten any information on Marlon's graduation from Compassion. Do you have any updates?
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Hey Lacey! I got into Marlon's profile this afternoon to see what might be happening with his graduation. I actually found that they were able to keep him enrolled in the program longer, and his graduate date is now set for October 2023 when he turns 22:). It sounds like this may have been exactly what you were hoping would happen, and now you are able to sponsor him in the program for a few more years!
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Lacey Hunter

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Great, thank you!

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