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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Lacey Hunter

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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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That is so awesome that you guys were able to visit a few years ago! Yes, for centers that do keep students enrolled in the program past the age of 18, the regular program attendance switches mostly to skills-based programming. According to the information we have, this is not something that Gerardo will be proceeding with. We don't know if this is because of his decision to go elsewhere with his schooling, or if the center has decided to not make that option available. You will definitely receive a phone call, email, or letter once Gerardo graduates with all of the information you requested - how to send a final letter and gift and sharing your contact information. :) If he does indeed end up leaving the program this month, then sadly, the Christmas gift you sent wouldn't be able to be applied to him. Rather, it would go towards other children in the program who are still enrolled at Christmastime. If you would like us to refund that gift to you, then we can certainly do that. Please do let us know if you have any other questions! 
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Lacey Hunter

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Thank you! That makes more sense about the program. No need to refund the gift, happy for it to go to others.
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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!