Oscar is a teacher of Physical Education and is originally from Pana Jache in the department of Sololá, Guatemala. He was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when he was 22 years old. Oscar is a young leader who is participative and responsible. He voluntarily gives talks on Sexual and Reproductive Health topics to adolescents and young people in his community.
Ana Silvia Lopez Ixil is a Summit Scholarship recipient who is working on her Master’s Degree in Childhood and Adolescent Development at the Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. Her professional experience includes working as a food security facilitator with a community group for mother of children under 3 years old. She has worked on SRH issue with a SIAS on family planning. As a graduate of the GOJoven program’s Training of Trainers Process, Ana Silvia has become increasingly comfortable in her role as an advocate and educator in her Maya Kakchiquel community, where SRH topics are often considered taboo and difficult to discuss. Ana Sylvia received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2010.
David Efren López López was selected as a GOJoven Fellow at age 23. He was an incredibly charismatic, committed, and accomplished young leader that had a long list of achievements. David was involved in several health, advocacy, and HIV networks in Guatemala and throughout Latin America. He was deeply committed to preventing the spread of the disease and to advocating for the rights of those who are HIV-positive.
David passed away in August 2010. GOJoven honors his memory and his tireless work to champion the rights of those living with HIV and AIDS.
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Ingrid Janeth Gálvez Cuyún is a feminist, a primary school teacher by training and a Human Rights and Sexual Rights activist. Ingrid is convinced of the power of historic memory and social and sexual justice as tools for social transformation. Her professional experience includes educational work for Asociación de Servicios Comunitarios (ASECSA) and youth work about justice and civic engagement for the Centro para Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos (CALDH). Currently she coordinates the Advocacy Area of Asociación GOJoven Guatemala. Ingrid was also a recipient of the Summit Scholarship through the GOJoven program.
Roberto Morales is an indigenous leader who has worked as an HIV/AIDS researcher, educator, and activist with indigenous communities in rural Guatemala since 2001. He has extensive experience helping indigenous groups develop and write proposals for community improvement projects. Roberto speaks 4 indigenous languages, which enables him to provide SRH education to different indigenous communities in his municipality. From 2002 to 2007 he worked at Proyecto Payaso educating rural communities throughout Guatemala about a broad range of sexual and reproductive health issues using performance art and other creative forms of communication. In 2010, with the support of the Summit Foundation, he implemented an ASRH and gender-based violence prevention project for the victims of tropical storm Agatha. Roberto is a traditional Mayan medicine man (Ajq’ij).
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Ana Lourdes, a 2005 fellow, served as the Executive Director of GOJoven Guatemala since its founding in 2014 until 2019. She was 25 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, while working for ALAS Association, an organization based in Antigua, Guatemala, that promotes sexual and reproductive health training in rural communities. Overcoming cultural obstacles and strong community pressure, Lourdes organized a family planning clinic and brought APROFAM’s (an IPPF affiliate) mobile sterilization unit to her hometown. She also served as Director of the Poder-Joven project at the Community Health Services Association (ASECSA). She graduated from the GOJoven Trainer of Trainers process and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for Guatemala’s ICPD+20 Advocacy Group. As a GOJoven alumnus, she received a Summit Scholarship which helped her obtain her undergraduate degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Development Management.