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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