In 2011, PHI launched the GOJoven Belize Program as 2-year English-language pilot initiative to develop the vision, commitment, and leadership capacity of young leaders in the six districts ofBelize.
To improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights programs, policies, and outcomes in Belize by developing the next generation of young leaders in the country.
· Invest in young people by empowering and supporting individual participants’ vision to create change
· Achieve results by encouraging strategic thinking, innovation, and inter-sectoral collaboration to maximize impact
· Shift the context for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region by enhancing participants’ leadership capacity, commitment, and vision to transform programs and policies
Target Population and Geographic Focus
GOJoven Belize is looking for young leaders ages 18-30 within the districts of Belize committed to advancing the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health with experience in one or more of the following areas: health, environment, youth development, media, human rights, education, community development, and advocacy. Participants must also speak and read English well enough to fully participate in this training program. This year GOJoven staff will personally interview and select young leaders for the Fellowship program from the three northern districts of Belize: Corozal, Orange Walk, and Belize City.
Primary Objectives and Strategies
1. Train and provide ongoing support to a total of 24 young leaders in Belize within the span of two years. Provide Summit Fellows with four national training opportunities throughout the year to strengthen their commitment and capacity to advancing the sexual and reproductive health agenda in the country.
2. Institutionalize structure for on-going development of young leaders who participated in the training program. GOJoven Fellows will join the existing network of 18 active Summit Alumni Fellows in Belize and a larger group emerging and established leaders in the region, thereby supporting and strengthening their own and one another’s capacity to create change.
GOJoven Belize is funded by the Summit Foundation through March of 2013. Between 15-15 Fellows each year will participate in an eight month Fellowship program beginning in September of each year and ending in March of the following year. In 2011, Fellowship program includes four one-week trainings in September and November 2011, and January and March of 2012.
Participants will develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in a number of topics regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health, including:
- Personal Leadership Development
- Adolescent Reproductive Health and Rights
- Gender and Sexuality
- Strategic Thinking and Planning
- Program Management and Evaluation
- Policy Advocacy
- Media and Strategic Communications
- Conflict Resolution
- Community and Political Mobilization
- Information Technology
- Facilitation and Training
- Financial Management and Fundraising
Technical assistance, ongoing support, and coaching will be provided throughout the Fellowship. The Summit Fellows will also participate in national meetings involving Fellows of other reproductive health Leadership Programs.
For more information please contact:
GOJoven Belize Program Coordinator
BEST Building, Ground Floor
Mile 54 Hummingbird Highway