Edna Cano Flowers, a native of Benque, Belize, was 20 years old when she was awarded the GOJoven Fellowship. Edna has experience teaching high school Social Studies, Geography, Life Skills and Spanish. She has managed through creativity and strategic thinking to cover sexual and reproductive health (SRH) topics with her students. Edna has also served as the Adjunct Treasurer for the GOJoven Belize Alumni Association (GOBelize) and is a graduate of the GOJoven Training of Trainers process. She has an Associates Degree in International Business and for her future hopes to be an even better teacher and possibly a principle of a school where she can set an example of good leadership, providing positive direction and meeting the needs of the students.
Walter Santos is the founder and frequent volunteer of BADCATS (Belize Adventure Culture and Technology). Walter has worked to improve the lives of at risk youth by teaching them survival skills through outdoor leadership training. He has worked extensively with youth to help them stop using drugs through setting up job placement and career counseling programs, and has experience educating young people on issues of environmental consciousness through his caving expeditions and in his training as a Divemaster. Through his studies as paramedic, Walter has also worked with US doctors providing medical care in rural Belizean villages. Walter is recognized and respected by youth as a role model committed to developing their leadership.
Gloria Avila has been an active leader in sexual and reproductive health since junior college. While working toward her Associate’s Degree in International Business at Sacred Heart Junior College, Gloria became a volunteer with Youth For the Future (YFF), in Cayo District, Belize, where she assisted in planning trainings and workshops for youth in the areas of HIV/AIDS, gender equity, and conflict resolution. She has worked with the Emergency Contraception Leadership Initiative, has been a teacher atSadieVernonHigh School, and worked as Coordinator for Belizeans Emergency Contraceptive Advocates (BECA). She has also worked as the Administrative Assistant/Account’s Clerk for GOJovenBelize inBelmopanCity and is very passionate and committed to her work.
Omar Lucio Rodriguez is a police officer who became a GOJoven Fellow at the age of 29. Omar has served as the GOJoven Belize Program Training Coordinator and is a graduate of the GOJoven Training of Trainers workshops. He is an adept facilitator in the topics of emergency contraception, masculinity, gender equity, HIV/AIDS, team building and team integration. Omar is passionate about confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and has served as the chairperson for the San Ignacio, Cayo Branch of the National AIDS Commission. Omar has also worked as a consultant for the Caring for Children project for all children affected by or who have acquired HIV/ AIDS in Belize. In addition, he has served as a board member for Cornerstone Foundation, and has collaborated with Youth for the Future to educate students on issues of human rights and the rights of children. Omar has also volunteered his time counseling couples and men at Mary Open Door, a women’s organization, where he emphasizes violence prevention.
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