- Octaciano (Chano) Benegas GaleasOctaciano (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...
Kenneth Rafael Esquivel holds an Associates Degree in Chemistry and Biology from the CorozalJunior College inCorozal Town, Belize, and has experience with the Belize Fisheries Department as an Assistant Fisheries Officer and with the Public Service Union of Belize (PSU) as an active member of the PSU Youth Arm. The Youth Arm undertakes community service activities, including cleaning highways and painting parks, as well as contributing items to schools. Kenneth has worked on educational outreach programs, including giving talks at schools about HIV/AIDS and other STIs to older students.
Guadalupe Lovelia Magaña was 28 years old when she became a GOJoven fellow and was born inCorozal,Belize. She obtained an Associates degree in General Studies fromSt. JohnsCollege. Lupe began working with young people in 1995. Her professional experience includes: teacher, president of the Progresso Youth Club, and Community Rehabilitation Officer for the Community Rehabilitation Department of Orange Walk District. Lupe believes strongly that if given the opportunity and provided a supportive environment, young people can be empowered to create positive change in their lives.
Felix Mai attended both Corozal Community College and Corozal Junior College, excelling academically, especially in the sciences. He has been a volunteer with the Alliance Against AIDS and Belize Red Cross, has professional experience in radio journalism with Love FM, and he has a personal interest in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Though Journalism was a passion for him, in 2002 Felix chose to follow his second passion: teaching. As an English and Literature teacher, Felix has taught all four grade levels at Muffles College, and has also been the Moderator for the Student Government Association. In his life and work, Felix lives up to principles of honesty, integrity and hard work.
Amilcar Milian was 28 years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow and has worked as constable with the Family Violence Unit of the Belize Police Department. Although the Belize Police Department has not been engaged in the area of reproductive health, Amilcar recognizes the importance of leadership development training within the force and the need to be more proactive in preventing gender-based violence. We expect that Amilcar will act as an agent for change within one of Belize’s most influential government institutions.
Elisa Castellanos became a GOJoven Fellow at age 23 and is fromOrangeWalkTown. This dynamic, resourceful leader has professional experience with: the “Supporting Single Mothers in Belize City” program of the Women’s Department of the Ministry of Human Development, Population Services International’s Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) as the HIV/AIDS Prevention Behavior Change Communications Coordinator, and has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention, social marketing, and effective strategies in behavior change and outreach. Elisa founded Tikkun OlamBelize, a grassroots NGO focused on sexual reproductive health and human rights for sex workers.
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Ariadna has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and became a GOJoven Fellow when she was 21 years old. She worked with an organization called Sexuality and Health Service Education (SEEDSSA) in education around sexuality, gender perspectives, violence, and promotion of sexual and reproductive rights. During this period, she collaborated on a SEEDSSA project funded by the Summit Foundation called, “Comprehensive Social Center for the Sexuality of Adolescents and Youth (CHISPAS)” in Cancún, where she supported the development, implementation, and monitoring of diverse projects related to the sexual and reproductive preventative health of adolescents and youth. In this center, she served as an educator, speaker, and spokes-person for sexual and reproductive rights. Ariadna has a Master’s in Education.
Mayra was 26 years old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. She is a native of Quintana Roo where she coordinated the recruitment and hiring of personnel at Xel-Ha, an eco-tourist water park near Tulum with over 500 employees. She was a certified trainer within Xel-Ha, acting as the primary instructor of quality assurance and health services, and has been invited to be a trainer in the park’s new internal Drug Prevention Program. She was an active member of the park’s Gender Equity Committee.
Aide became a GOJoven Fellow at age 26. She is a social worker who lives in Quintana Roo. She has acted as a counselor for young people and their parents in Cancun through a municipal court-run service program for youth offenders. Aide oversaw the family planning and reproductive health program of the Mexican Institute for Social Security in peri-urban areas of Playa del Carmen for a few years prior to being based out of Cancun. In this capacity, she has supervised educators who make home visits to provide counseling and contraception to youth and families. Aide is committed to social change, and passionate about working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of the youth and women of Quintana Roo, Mexico. She received the Summit Educational Scholarship in 2007 and completed her Master’s Degree in Psycology and Family Therapy at the Universidad del Mayab in Yucatán.
Marco holds a bachelor’s degree in law and currently is the Director of the Human Rights unit for the Attorney General of Quintana Roo, México. In this position, where he began working in June 2011, he has worked as an advisor and trainer, and has addressed human rights complaints. Also, Marco continues his career as an advisor to youth and youth NGOs in the northern area of Quintana Roo, collaborating with them as a trainer and author of human rights articles. Marco is also the local coordinator for a program in Cancun called International Youth Career Initiative. There, he works to empower at risk youth through job skills training and personal development. Marco defines himself as a feminist and has worked as a trainer in masculinity, eradication of homophobia, sexual diversity, discrimination, HIV and AIDs, and youth empowerment since 2004. Marco was 25 when he became a GOJoven Fellow.
Roberto Carlos Flores became a GOJoven Fellow when he was 26 years old. He worked inSan Pedro Sula, teaching teachers, and has also been a leader in his church as a youth group leader. He is particularly concerned about helping adolescents adjust to life changes, and to ensure that they can protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS. A computer aficionado, Roberto has taught Mathematics and Computer Technology in Escuela Normal Mixta del Litoral Atlántico (ENMLA) and at Instituto Superación Valle de Lean. He received a Summit Educational Scholarship in 2007 to finish his Bachelor’s Degree in Math at the Universidad Pegagógica Nacional “Francisco Morazán” in San Pedro Sula,Honduras.