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Wilma Esquivel Pat, originally from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, became a fellow at age 25. Wilma obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Technological Institute of Chetumal. Her professional experience includes teaching and mentoring at the José María Luis Mora Middle School in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. She provoded workshops to parents and youth to carry out projects focused on environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, the erradication of animal mistreatment, and the promotion of reading and cultural identity. As a GOJoven fellow, she has participated in the Leadership Initiative in Emergency Contraception, the Training of Trainers (TOT) program, and the 2010 Digital Storytelling Project. Wilma has plans to obtain a Master’s in Family Counseling and strengthen her ability to promote reading and poetry.
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Sony Marcial Erosa Villanueva became a GOJoven Fellow at age 27 and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology. His professional experience includes working as the academic counselor at the National Technical Professional High School (CONALEP) in Chetumal where he addressed issues of self-esteem, sexual health and family violence. He also produced a radio program called “The Voice of Youth”. Sony is a dynamic team player with a strong commitment to youth development.
Cecilia Kay Nicté Chablé Berlín became a GOJoven Fellow when she was 23-years old. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher and providing technical support at the Intercultural Maya University in Quintana Roo. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Preschool Education, and Certification in Creating Intercultural Environments. Her short-term goal is to increase her abilities as an effective teacher, especially pertaining to intercultural education. In the long-term, she aims to be a specialized teacher in pedagogy and intercultural education that participates actively in the development of professionals to contribute effectively to community development efforts.
Rafael Alejandro Rivero Aburto was 23-years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow. His professional experience includes being the general secretary of the Youth Assembly of Quintana Roo and president of the local chapter of a national political youth group called the Revolutionary Generation. Both groups work to mobilize youth politically and train them in democratic participation, as well as other topics such as sports, reproductive rights and public speaking. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and his long-term goal is to run for Congress as part of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party.
Ivonne Yolanda Díaz del Valle Oliva became a GOJoven Fellow at age 26 and has volunteered at the National Association of Alumni Fellows for the Development of Honduras. She has facilitated camps for hundreds of youth throughoutHonduras, developing their leadership through environmental awareness and team activities. Ivonne and her organization saw in GOJoven an opportunity to learn more about sexual and reproductive health and integrated the topic into their youth camps. Ivonne graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and completed her thesis on knowledge and behavior in relationship to the environment. She is a passionate leader who believes strongly in peer education and who values teamwork.
Alex Eduardo Sorto Ortiz became a GOJoven Fellow at age 21. He is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activist and director of the Youth in Movement Association (AJEM), which was established as part of the Honduran 2007 GOJoven Leadership Action Plan. He was the founder and general secretary of the LGBT Association of Guatemala (ARCOIRIS) which promotes human, sexual and reproductive rights and provides legal assistance to the LGBT populations in Comayaguela and Tegucigalpa. Visionary and directed, Alex sees himself working with the United Nations or an NGO helping people from marginalized communities.
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Wendy Liz Aguilar is a professional Social Worker who has worked in institutional and strategic strengthening at the Libre Expresión Association where she was Coordinator and Social and Cultural Project Manager. In 2008 she carried out research with FLACSO and in 2010 was a member of the production team of the documentary short “En mis tacones” (In my high heels), which was selected as Best Central American Documentary Short in the ICARO Film Festival. She has also worked at theHonduranCenter of Research and Promotion of Human Rights (CIPRODEH). Wendy is interested in further studying community feminism, participating inHonduras’ Sexual Diversity movement and promoting Integrated Sexual Education with an emphasis on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Wendy was 21 when she became a GOJoven Fellow.
Israel Antonio Barahona Reyes became a GOJoven Fellow at age 20 and has been a dynamic and charismatic volunteer at the Population Services International-sponsored Club en Conexion inTegucigalpa. Antonio has worked as a facilitator at the Club, where he has trained peer educators and monitored their work to educate youth on sexuality and reproductive health. With a true commitment to working with youth, Antonio hopes to one day manage radio programs that inform young people about sexual and reproductive health. He believes that each person is born a leader and wants to help develop their potential.
Sandra Marivel Pérez Pop became a GOJoven Fellow at age 18 and is a Mayan woman from Livingston, Izabal. She studied sustainable tourism at the Ak Tenamit Association. Sandra worked as a volunteer for an AIDS prevention project where she traveled with a group of clowns to rural communities and to Livingston to teach the population about the importance of HIV prevention. Sandra was invited and awarded a grant to represent Guatemala in an International Conference on Women and HIV in Kenya, Africa to share her experiences from Izabal. Sandra wants to continue to uncover in the field of counseling and community work on HIV and hopes to study psychology in the future.
Rubén Leonardo Pineda Méndez became a GOJoven Fellow at age 25. His professional experience includes working as an accountant and office manager for the Puerto Barrios office of Association Gente Nueva, a national non-profit organization focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Rubén participated in a Red Cross project focused on family planning and HIV prevention, replicating what he learned in schools throughout Izabal. Rubén was treasurer of the Izabal Network to Prevent STIs and HIV, which works closely with the Izabal Health Department. A strong advocate for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, Ruben hopes to continue in this field and to develop an ornamental fish business to help provide for their economic self-sufficiency.