Ricardo May Jara

Ricardo Jara ED GJ Mex May 2016Ricardo May Jara is currently the Executive Director of Mexico y Caribe Jóvenes A.C. (GOJoven Mexico). Ricardo was selected  was selected as a GOJoven Fellow in 2011 at the age of 19, when he was serving as a volunteer at the NGO Red+Posithiva de Quintana Roo A.C., which focuses on HIV prevention, detection and care. Ricardo continued this work for over five years after he became a GOJoven Fellow. During his time as a volunteer with the organization he facilitated workshops on SRH, SRR, STIs and HIV for elementary, high school and university students, adults, rehabilitation centers, detention centers and the general public. He has extensive experience providing HIV tests and pre and post test counselling. He served as regional representative of REDJUVIH (Youth Network in Response to HIV) where he worked in collaboration with youth from the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatan, and coordinated a project in the Mayan area of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. He was “Gente Joven” Program Coordinator for the Mexican Foundation for Family Planning (MEXFAM) in 2015. As a result of his pursuits into other areas of interest as well, he aims to strengthen community work that contributes to sustainability, by using art, permaculture, Human Rights, and food sovereignty. Rooted in his personal philosophy, Ricardo defines his work by being for and with the community.

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