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GOJoven is a pioneer in youth leadership development and mobilization. The GOJoven model is youth-led, local, diverse, and inclusive. Since 2004, GOJoven has been building the capacity of young leaders and organizations to create positive change in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) programs, policies, and services in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Quintana Roo, Mexico.
In 2010 the GOJoven Belize Fellows established the GOJoven Belize Alumni Association (GOBelize) a new youth-led and youth-serving organization.
Download the July 2013 GOBelize Bulletin
Download the April 2013 GOBelize Bulletin
GOBelize commits itself to contribute to the increase in knowledge of sexual reproductive health, enhance leadership skills and promote environmental consciousness in Belizean youth in order to stimulate positive behavior change and communication in an atmosphere of fellowship.
GOJoven Belize Alumni Association will be a sustainable, leading and proactive organization for the empowerment of young leaders in sexual reproductive health and environmental consciousness for a healthier Belize.
- Develop youth-led leadership, SRH, and environmental awareness programs that respond to the current needs of Belizean youth and communities, with a focus on specialized training
- Create platforms that allow the cadre of GOJoven Belize Alumni to advocate for better ASRH projects, services, and policies in Belize, through their active participation, commitment, and leadership
- Provide employment, consultation and education opportunities to enhance the professional development of the GOJoven Belize Alumni
- Lead research projects that investigate the implementation by governmental entities of International conventions/treaties and national policies and laws that should ensure youth access to SRH knowledge and services and youth participation in environmental consciousness programs
Achievements of GOBelize between 2004 & 2013
Organized & launched the first youth-run youth-serving ASRH non-governmental organization in Belize, with graduated fellows serving as board members & staff
Modified the existing GOJoven youth leadership development model to create an English language program that has successfully strengthened the capacity of 37 youth leaders to improve ASRH & advocate for youth friendly services & comprehensive sexuality education
Created a National Alumni Network with over 36 youth leaders actively working to advance ASRH in their communities & country
Reached more than 7,000 youth & adolescents in all districts of Belize by providing ASRH trainings & information to youth to reduce adolescent pregnancy, HIV & other STI transmission
Developed a peer education program of the 4-H Youth Development Center that has reached an estimated 2,000 youth with ASRH information
Advocated to expand the UNDP target age for HIV-prevention education among out-of-school youth in response to data showing that younger adolescents are sexually active
Reduced pregnancy-related school drop outs at Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College in Corozal by integrating ASRH into the school curriculum
Contributed to the 2014 National Strategic Plan of Belize by directing a Knowledge, Attitudes, & Practice survey with 900 youth
Download the GOBelize fact sheet
Eva Burgos, Executive Director
Nancy Leiva, Board President
Address: B.E.S.T. Building, Belmopan City, Cayo District, Belize
Telephone: 011 (501) 802-1444