Lliani Castellanos has served as an outreach volunteer at Tikkun Olam Belize, an organization founded by a GOJoven graduate, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Commercial Sex workers in Orange Walk District and in all of Belize. Since she was a teenager, Lliani has been working or volunteering with a number of Organizations such as: Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) as a sex educator, the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) in Orange Walk, and Youth for the Future. Lliani was also a Peer Helper at her alma mater, MufflesHigh School, and holds an Associate’s Degree in General Studies with a concentration in Sociology fromMufflesJunior College. Lliani has a passion for the work she does in her community and is certain that the GOJoven Program is giving her the opportunity to develop and use her leadership skills to the fullest capacity possible.
Mia Quetzal identifies herself as a transgender woman who was born male but lives her life as a woman. She holds an Associate’s Degree and has worked with the Red Cross and the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) as a peer educator, currently residing in Fort Myers, FL. Her professional experience includes: conducting surveys with at-risk populations for the Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) and working as the Coordinator of a transgender group that advocates for their basic human rights at national and regional levels in theCaribbean. She has also volunteered with UNIBAM, an organization that works for the rights of the LGBT community inBelize, and VOICE in the Orange Walk area, a group that advocates for the rights of the elderly. Mia’s advocacy for improving sexual and reproductive health lies in her desire to give a voice to transgender people as well as immigrant sex workers in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) policies and program implementation. Mia believes that GOJoven will help take her public speaking skills to the next level so that her voice can be heard even more clearly.
Ziedi Zac is a mother who believes that there is a huge unmet need for sexual and reproductive health education and outreach in her community. Ziedi holds an Associate Degree in Accounting and has taught Computer and English classes at a night school in her community. She has also worked at a rehab center in her district and has always had a passion for helping other young mothers like herself to reach their educational goals. Despite her current position as a receptionist for a river lodge, Ziedi hopes to contribute to the health and wellbeing of young people and the environment.
Iris Carbajal Reyes completed her Associate’s Degree in Business at St. John’s College Junior College, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Universidad de Quintana Roo, and completed her Master’s Degree in Education at Universidad Interamericana para el Desarrollo (UNID). She also attended Appalachian State University inNorth Carolina,USA as part of an academic exchange program, where she studied international business programs in Management and Marketing. Her professional experience includes lecturing atCentroEscolarMéxicoJunior College fromOrangeWalkTown, as well as running a small business in Orange Walk. She enjoys participating in leadership programs that can help her to promote youth development. Her strong educational background, experience, and passion for business and teaching make her a strong, competent team player.