Dorita Lisbey was born in Benque Viejo and became a GOJoven Belize Fellow when she was 29 years old. While living in the U.S., this youth leader attained her CNA certificate and worked as a nursing assistant for four years while also volunteering with a girl’s dance troupe. She also has experience working as a volunteer nursing assistant at the Mopan Health Clinic in Benque Viejo. Dorita wants to continue her work as a nurse in order to promote sexual and reproductive health in Benque.
Carmita Lemus was 27 when she became a GOJoven fellow. This dedicated leader started volunteering at age 15 with Youth for the Future and National Aids Commission. Carmita has worked with the Cornerstone Foundation as Program Manager, and as an Educator at Belize Family Life Association in their behavior change program. Carmita acquired a Counseling Diploma at the University of West Indies and has completed several trainings in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), HIV & AIDS, Disaster Preparedness, First Aid, and Psychosocial support. She advocates for positive changes in her community and has received awards for being a young advocate for people living and affected with HIV & AIDS.
George Andrew Arthurs, commonly known as “Andrew,” was 23 years old when he became a GOJoven Belize Fellow. His calling lies in working with youth and contributing to the national response to HIV in Belize. He has served C-NET+, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of PLHIV, as its Project Coordinator and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and he actively participates as a member of the National AIDS Commission/CCM Belmopan Committee. Andrew is a founding member of “Belize Youth Empowerment for Change” (BYEC) and serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Ultimately, he hopes to create a union of empowered and progressive youth in Belize.
Abner Abimael Recinos became a GOJoven fellow at the age of 22. Abner began studies for his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Belize at the age of 16. There, he was awarded a Cuban Medical Scholarship by the Ministry of Education. Abner has also worked with The Cornerstone Foundation in The Books for Belize Project and in the creation of libraries for the local primary schools. Abner has served as a First Aid Instructor at the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Branch of the Belize Red Cross, and has taken a lead role in the DIPECHO 7 Project. As a youth leader dedicated to improving sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in his community, he has also collaborated with The Belize Family Life Association to implement their Behavioral Change Communication Project. Abner’s dream is to continue making changes in his community that will better the lives of Belizeans.