Eva Patricia Chúc Choxom was 27-years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working as a Project Coordinator for Asociación Concejo Pro-Desarrollo Comunitario (ACPDC) in Totonicapán where she was a rural educator and a member of the Board of Directors. As a youth trainer, she has lead trainings on civic duty, youth leadership, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and has trained the ACPDC Board of Directors on various SRH topics. She was a beneficiary of the 2004 GOJoven Team’s Leadership Action Plan and was trained by Puntos de Encuentro in Nicaragua on SRH and youth development. She also worked en the creation of a youth focused survey to analyze the SRH situation in Totonicapán. Eva hopes to fortify her leadership abilities in SRH and involve youth in knowing the importance of SRH. Ultimately, she aims to graduate as a social worker and work in various youth SRH projects.
Juan Gilberto Escobar Reyes was 19-years old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. His professional experience includes working with Proyecto Payaso in HIV prevention and education, as well as with an association of people with disabilities using popular education techniques. He has been active in community mobilization and development, as well as local policy advocacy. Gilberto is a member of a local organization of traditional midwives of Quetzaltenango, where he supports the midwifery school in designing its curriculum and disseminating the organization’s materials on topics such as menstruation and breastfeeding. He is also a 2011 AGALI Fellow.
Erick Gabriel Chox López was 27-years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow. His professional experience includes coordinating an HIV project at the Association for Youth and Cultural Development of Cantel, Quetzaltenango. Erick began his work in youth development in 1998 with the creation of a youth group. He participated in the Guatemalan Youth Assembly in 1997 and the National Association of Guatemalan Youth in 1998, and was subsequently selected by PAHO to represent Guatemala at a youth leadership forum in the U.S. From 2003-2005, Erick was Coordinator of the National Assembly of Guatemalan Youth, responsible for coordinating over 50 organizations working with youth.
Eunice Meeilih Ramírez Cotóm was 25-years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working as a Social Worker for the Quetzaltenango Municipal Women’s Office, where focused on the civic participation of young and adult women, violence prevention against women and SRH outreach campaigns. Her goal is to help rural women to gain a voice and participation in their local governmental Social Development Councils and her long-range goal is to actively participate in local politics and someday, become the mayor of her community.
Gloria Araceli Salanic Cornejo is a Maya-K’iché woman whose professional experience includes working as a Volunteer Community Facilitator for Asociación Amigas, where she provided training on family planning, prevention of violence against women, personal relationships, and HIV/STIs in the rural villages surrounding Quetzaltenango. She has a teaching degree and works as a Physical Education teacher. Gloria is the secretary of her Catholic youth group, where she provides talks on communication and attitudes about sexuality. Gloria was 18-years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Gloria’s long term plans are to study radiology at the university and, with her mother, open a clinic and pharmacy in her home town.
Carlos Rene Cotúc Calvac was 26 years-old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. He is a Maya- K’iché who has volunteered as a radio host for numerous community radio stations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, including one of 25 radio stations associated with the non-profit association Mujb´ab´l yol. This organization furthers education and capacity-building for children and adolescents, and advances local communication and democratization. Carlos has broadcast programs on health, children’s rights and worker’s rights, and has provided training on sexually transmitted infections and media in schools and local organizations.