- Carmita LemusCarmita Lemus was 27 when she became a GOJoven fellow. This dedicated leader started volunteering at age 15 with Youth for the Future and National Aids Commission. Carmita has worked with the Cornerstone Foundation as Program Manager, and as an Educator at Belize Family Life Association in their beh...
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Areli was working for an NGO called Service, Sexuality Education, and Health (SEEDSSA/CHISPAS) as a general assistant when she was selected. She has plans to create an educational magazine about ASRH issues since she believes it is a form of media the reaches everyone. She has her high school degree in computer science and she currently studies Marketing to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Her long term goals are to be a leader for future generations, strengthen her organization, and address “adultism” in society. Areli was 19 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow.
GOJoven Mexico reinforces its leadership skills with a Training of Trainers (TOT) in the GOJoven Model
March 2018 —Playa del Carmen, México
A group of fourteen leaders and trainers of GOJoven México (México y Caribe Jovenes A.C.) met on March 18 and 19 in the city of Playa del Carmen to reinforce their training skills in a “Training of Trainers (TOT) in the GOJoven Model” workshop, hosted by GOJoven International, a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI).
Based on the GOJoven Model Training Curriculum, they worked on four thematic capacities identified as priorities of the GOJoven México team: (1) Effective communication, (2) Active listening, (3) Group management, and (4) Team integration. These represent four distinctive elements of the GOJoven Curriculum, out of a total of 51 sessions that are organized into three comprehensive modules. Each module covers diverse thematic sessions that align with the three key axes: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Program Planning, and Youth Leadership.
The TOT workshop lasted two full days, during which the participants successfully completed the theoretical and practical components, which are intimately integrated. For the theoretical component, the participants received a copy of the GOJoven Training Curriculum in which they studied the relevant modules and corresponding didactics, according to our distinctive methodology – participatory and interactive. For the practical component, the participants used the curriculum to prepare and deliver sessions as trainers, receive constructive and respectful feedback, and improve their effective training skills.
The group of participating youth leaders included eleven GOJoven graduates between 2006 and 2012, who were trained using the GOJoven Model taught by GOJoven International/PHI: Ricardo Jara (2011), who currently serves as Executive Director of GOJoven Mexico, Nicté Chablé (2007), Lemuel Vega Mena (2009), Jacinta Chan (2008), Wilma Esquivel (2007), Oscar Moreno (2006), José Correa (2011), Areli Sanchez (2011), Iris Borraz (2008), Silvia Muñoz (2006), and Candelaria Ay (2012). In addition, two alumni of the new generation of youth leaders trained directly by GOJoven Mexico when they replicated the GOJoven Model in 2015-2016 joined the workshop: Juan Diego Que Martinez and Aranza Beltrán. Daniela Santamaria, a staff member of the organization supporting various organizational functions, also participated.
The Master GOJoven Trainer, Ángel Martinez, and GOJoven International Program Director, Esther Tahrir, acted as facilitators. The TOT workshops are offered to GOJoven alumni as a mechanism to promote the replication of the country-level training model; the exercise in leadership and ownership of the GOJoven Model for the Fellows, having the opportunity to practice what they learned; and to foster generational leadership renewal by reaching new generations of adolescents with this innovative methodology for leadership training in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Of the thirteen participants in this workshop with GOJoven México, four of them had already participated in the TOT workshops previously taught by GOJoven International/PHI, and for eight of them it was their first time to receive this certification from the program. Now, they are better equipped to continue advancing their organizational mission to promote the empowerment of adolescents and youth of Quintana Roo, México, to exercise their human rights, particularly their sexual and reproductive rights.
Congratulations to Luis José Correa and Areli Sanchez (both from the 2011 Quintana Roo team) whose projects were selected by Ashoka-Avancemos and MTV Latinoamérica for the campaign Jóvenes Agentes de Cambio: Toma la Iniciativa frente al VIH/SIDA (Youth Changemakers: Taking Initiative against HIV/AIDS). The campaign seeks to identify and recognize innovative youth with real solutions focusing on educating, preventing, and combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Latin America.
Luis José’s project, Úsalo!!!! Así de fácil (Use it! It’s easy) seeks to “contribute to a reduction in new HIV and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases through comprehensive sex education among youth ages 15 to 19 in rural areas of the Benito Juárez municipality of Quintana Roo.”
Areli’s project, Prevenir con educación (Prevent Through Education) seeks to “use media and social networks to highlight the demands of adolescents and young people around HIV in order to encourage stakeholders to contribute to the fulfillment of the agreements signed by the Secretary of Health and to ensure friendly access to sexual and reproductive health in Quintana Roo. ”
We are very proud of all our fellows who are tremendously energetic and committed to sexual and reproductive health in the region. Congratulations!!!