Milca was workig on her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Universidad de Oriente when she became a Fellow. She was a Conafe instructor, where she taught secondary school classes in the town of Poxil. She is a young indigenous leader who takes risks to achieve her goals. She values her studies very much, and left her community in order to continue studying. She is one of the few young people in her community who is still studying. Milca is an organized and analytical young woman, who bilingual in Spanish and Maya. She means to open an Internet Cafe in her community after she finishes studying. In the long term, she plans to study a Master’s Degree in Finance. When she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, she was 21 years old.
Candelaria was21 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. She was working as a Women’s Projects Advisor through the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI)’s POPMI program when she became a Fellow. She speaks Spanish and Maya and is well known for the support she offers people. This young indigenous leader fights to defend the rights of indigenous women and for those most in need. Her short-term goal is to work with 8 groups of 10 members each, in different communities, strengthening their organizational development to become successful leaders through productive projects by creating workshops and training sessions in different topics. In the long term, she wants to create a center for women and young people in the Tulum and Lazaro Cárdenas municipalities.
Lidia 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. She is an opinion leader within her school and the Kantunilkin hostel. Once she finishes her Bachelor’s degree, Lidia wishes to continue studying and to take part in an exchange program. Her professional goal is to work with women from her community, to empower them in matters of gender equality and chauvinism (machismo). When she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, she was 22 years old.
Álvaro was finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Centro Universitario de Valladolid at Conafe when he became a Fellow. As a young indigenous leader, he has participated as cultural promoter with the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. Álvaro does a lot of volunteer community work focusing on youth and children, supporting them to make a better use of their time. He has worked as an advisor at the Health Center, teaching workshops on contraceptive methods and STIs to women who are in the Opportunities program as well as a consultant for the ministry of education. He has been invited to talk in schools about topics such as violence in long-term relationships and other topics related to personal development. He is a recognized and respected leader in the activities he performs. His goal, after finishing his Bachelor’s degree, is to get a formal job at a high school. In the long-term, he wishes to establish a psychology practice in the Nuevo Xcan community. When he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, he was 26 years old.
Catalino is a young indigenous leader who speaks Maya and Spanish. He was 21 years old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow and has a certificate in Training and Accreditation of Interpreters of Indigenous Languages in the fields of justice enforcement and administration. In 2014, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Alternative Tourism from the Maya Intercultural University of Quintana Roo. Catalino has participated in workshops for the strengthening of male and female leadership from a point of view of indigenous youth. He is a natural leader who wishes to strengthen his knowledge through exchanges with other people. In the future, he sees himself developing a study on the feasibility of ecological tourism, and would like to raise funds towards this project. In the long term, he sees himself implementing cultural projects with the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. Currently, he works as a Basic English Facilitator at the Polytechnic University of Quintana Roo.