Elvis Tillett became a GOJoven Fellow at age 26. He has worked as a Career Guidance and Placement Officer of the National 4-H Youth Development Center, in Belmopan City, Belize, where he helped integrate adolescent sexual and reproductive health curriculum into the center’s Health and Life Skills Education Curriculum. Elvis has experience educating youth on topics such as confidentiality, self esteem, puberty, contraceptives, STI’s, HIV/AIDS, violence/abuse, conflict resolution, drug use and drug abuse, decision making, communication, and goal setting. Elvis graduated Magna Cum Laude as Valedictorian of the School of Social work from Grambling State University (GSU) in Louisiana, USA with his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.
Eva Marisol Burgos is the Executive Director for GOJoven Belize Alumni Association (GOBelize) in Belmopan City, Belize. She became a GOJoven Fellow in 2004 and later served as the Country Representative and General Coordinator for the GOJoven Program in Belize. Eva graduated with honors from the University of Belize with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from University of West Indies Open Campus in Belize. She is a graduate of GOJoven Program’s Training of Trainer’s process and is currently the chairperson for National AIDS Commission, Belmopan Committee –a committee that works towards decreasing discrimination against people living with HIV. Eva collaborates with Belize’s Ministry of Health for the Health, Community, and Parenting Bureau (HECOPAB) to conduct Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights trainings to key health providers such as Community Health Workers (CHW) on topics, including family planning, emergency contraception, self-esteem, HIV/AIDS, gender, and evaluation to name a few. Eva has also served as the Lead Consultant in the Belizean Emergency Contraceptive Advocates (BECA) Project from the year 2007-2008 with the goal of mainstreaming EC in western Belize by building the capacity of key service providers. She has received additional trainings in community outreach, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, research methods and Human Rights. Eva is particularly passionate about her youth work and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment and Sexual and Reproductive Rights.
Dalila Ical was the youngest Fellow in the 2004-2005 cohort, selected at age 20. Her professional experience includes: news anchor for a local television station in Orange Walk Town, journalist at RSV Media Limited in Belize City in the News Department, and radio announcer at Estereo Amor Radio Station, the only Latin Radio Station in Belize. Dalila remains active in GOJoven, having completed the Training of Trainers process, and serving on the Board of the GOJoven Belize Alumni Association (GOBelize). Dalila wants to use her experience as a journalist and radio announcer to educate young people on adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and work towards the improvement and promotion of adolescent SRH in her country.
Rudolph Khendis Ellis is a dedicated young leader from Orange Walk who was a high school English teacher when he was selected as a Fellow in 2004. Khendis has experience working in literacy and HIV/AIDS issues. In 2006, Khendis received a Summit Scholarship to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Grambling State University (GSU), where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class in 2009. In May 2011, Khendis completed a Master’s in Education at GSU, with funding from two scholarships. While he pursued his Master’s, he contributed to the field of education by presenting papers on his research in ESL and distance learning at major conferences across the US. His excellent academic work has presented an opportunity for him to complete a Doctorate in Education on a full fellowship from the Common Ground Consortium at theUniversity ofMinnesota.