Lead-Up got its start in Guatemala. Violence is endemic throughout all levels of Guatemala – within families, within communities, and as a tool for obtaining and maintaining power in business, politics and civil society. Violence jeopardizes the country’s efforts and capacities to become a truly democratic country based on the rule of law where business and politics decision-making is transparent and accountable and human rights and civil society spaces are fully protected.
The most perilous risk for children in Guatemala is exposure to violence, either as a victim or perpetrator. (United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, 2012) (Gibbons, Cunningham, Paiz, Poelker, & Montufar Cardenas, 2015, p.37)
Attempts by the Guatemalan government and by USAID to reduce violence in Guatemala have been to a large extent unsuccessful. (Office of Inspector General, U.S. Agency for International Development, 2014; United States Department of State, 2013) (Gibbons, et al., 2015, p. 37-38)
Lead-Up International was officially launched worldwide at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in Solvang, California, in February 2017. The organization’s goal is to see this hugely successful program launched in every country in the world with a Monty Roberts Instructor, and to significantly reduce violence in youth throughout the world.