- Lidia Esther Hoil PootLidia is a young indigenous leader who speaks Maya and Spanish, is deeply attached to her culture, and wishes to work for the betterment of women in her community. She has participated in trainings about youth leadership provided by the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples....
Virgen Bermudez is a vibrant 27 year old, who has experience teaching Spanish at the Delille Academy, an alternative school for at-risk students, and teaching the Garifuna language to youth in her community. She was the coordinator of the “Little Sister’s Club”, which consisted of forty girls who were trained on various topics and sexual reproductive health. Virgen considers herself a family oriented person and a strong role model for the girls in her community.
Juan Carlos Martinez, selected at the age of 21, has experience talking to teens of his Catholic youth group about the importance of valuing their sexuality and protecting themselves against HIV infection. He is passionate about educating youth about their rights and sees unwanted pregnancy and drug addiction as major barriers for youth inBellaVistaVillage. Juan Carlos’ professional experience includes working as Human Resources Director for Banana Enterprises, a contracting business inIndependence. He is a dynamic young leader who is often sought out in his community to settle disputes amongst youth. He is eager to expand his knowledge about sexual and reproductive health so that he can help his community develop.