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Octaciano (Chano) Benegas Galeas was 22 years old when he became a GOJoven fellow, and is a creative and dedicated leader from Tocoa. Chano’s educational background includes Business Administration and Management and Social Development. He has also been involved in numerous social projects in Tocoa, including a student environmental group organized by the International Municipal Environmentalists, and designing and implementing a housing program for the elderly and working with Medicos del Mundo (World Doctors). His work as an environmental leader has inspired him to work with other young people in Sexual and Reproductive Health issues, particularly in HIV prevention. His dream is to establish a youth center where he can offer emotional and psychological support to youth who are dealing with these difficult issues in their families.
Dayana Sarahi Mondragón Hernandez, selected at age 18, has been a member of the political youth group “Nationalist Youth of Trujillo” and has organized sports tournaments for over 500 adolescents as an alternative to using drugs and violence. Dayana is an extremely dynamic and visionary young woman, experienced in mobilizing and inspiring large numbers of youth to seek healthy options, and committed to peer education and youth leadership. Ultimately, Dayana dreams of joining international medical brigades such as Doctors without Borders.
Bessy Lorena Merino Duarte, selected at age 26, has worked as a middle school teacher and also has experience participating in and leading outdoor educational leadership trainings. She graduated as a Facilitator of Outdoor Activities with a focus on leadership, group work, environmental education, risk management, and extreme sports from the Asociación Nacional de Exbecarios para el Desarrollo de Honduras (ANEDH). She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Education in 2005 from theFranciscoMorazánNationalPedagogicUniversityin Tegucipalpa and then returned home to educate adolescents and contribute to her community’s development. Bessy strengthened her leadership skills and knowledge around sexual and reproductive health through GOJoven.
Ivonne Elena Miranda Card was 25 years old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. Ivonne, a Garifuna woman, graduated with a BA in Psychology at the Universidad Católica de Honduras Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz in La Ceiba, Honduras in 2007. Upon graduation, Ivonne returned to her community, where she is now one of few practicing psychologists. She provides individual mental health counseling to adolescents at aTrujillohospital’s newComprehensiveYouthHealthCenter, and integrates sexual and reproductive health education and services into the Center’s work, as well as in her own counseling.
Edwin Dolmo is a Garifuna community leader who has worked as an HIV/AIDS educator, and who also has extensive experience working in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and human rights through youth theatre and training. He has experience as a news reporter for local television and radio programs, has a degree in primary school education and is committed to educating and developing youth voices and opinions. Edwin’s dreams include becoming more active in public policy and starting his own business to help develop his community. He was 27 years old when he was selected to be a GOJoven fellow.