GOJoven Alumni Fellows have consolidated into national groups to create strategic plans for 2013 and beyond. Visit their country spotlight pages to learn more about their work:
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GOJoven Fellowship Program Goals:
- To improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights programs, policies, and outcomes in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Quintana Roo, Mexico by developing the next generation of young leaders in the Mesoamerican region.
- To strengthen the capacity of organizations working locally to create lasting improvements in sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people in their countries.
GOJoven Fellowship Program Stategies:
As of 2014, the Program has trained more than 200 young leaders and over 400 local organizations and government institutions to improve SRHR. Teams from each country have designed and implemented 41 SRHR Leadership Action Plans reaching over 27,000 young people, and hundreds of organizations.
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In the Spanish-language training, young leaders participated in approximately one month of full-time intensive training during the course of the fellowship year. GOJoven training methodology incorporates participatory strategies appropriate to the needs and interests of young leaders, including experiential approaches to leadership development using outdoor activities, theater, art and popular culture. GOJoven Fellows develop skills and knowledge in a culturally informed learning environment by building on their diverse life experiences to enhance their collaborative leadership skills, self-esteem, and commitment to Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR). Participants develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in a range of areas, including:
- Personal Leadership Development
- Adolescent Reproductive Health and Rights
- Gender and Sexuality
- Strategic Thinking and Planning
- Program Management and Evaluation
- Policy Advocacy
- Media and Strategic Communications
- Conflict Resolution
- Community and Political Mobilization
- Information Technology
- Facilitation and Training
- Financial Management and Fundraising
Working in teams, fellows applied these skills in leadership, management and teamwork to design and implement a Leadership Action Plan (LAP), which addressed a specific ASRHR issue in their communities.
The year-long training consisted of three 8-day regional trainings that convened Fellows from Guatemala, Honduras, and Quintana Roo, México. During the Fellowship participants were invited to participate in country meetings and related trainings and conferences, corresponding to their unique interests.
“I never imagined being a Fellow would have so many repercussions in my personal life… The project touched me and opened up my horizons.”
Alumni Fellows participate in continuous professional development opportunities that enhance their professional skills and knowledge. The professional development process uses a variety of methods, including coaching, mentoring, technical assistance, and regularly updated information on potential academic scholarships, study tours, and conferences. Fellows receive funds to implement a personal development activity during their fellowship year and Alumni Fellows have the opportunity to receive financial support to participate in training courses and conferences, based on program approval. Alumni Fellows have participated in a number of key international events, including:
- Central American Congress on HIV (CONCASIDA)
- Clinton Global Initiative University
- Digital Storytelling Workshop
- Global Health Council Conference
- Sierra Club Sex and Environment Campus Tours
- United Nations Climate Change Conference Youth Delegation
- Women Deliver Conference
- Conference on Population and Development
“GOJoven has done more than impacted my life- it has changed it almost completely. Thank you!”
Since 2006, the Summit Scholarship Fund (SSF) has supported the educational goals of Alumni Fellows who have successfully completed their GOJoven Fellowship. The SSF has provided assistance and professional guidance to over 15 Alumni Fellows to complete their high school, undergraduate or graduate education. The SSF’s ultimate goal is to open doors to further professional development and leadership positions for a core group of strategically selected young leaders participating in GOJoven who will then advance adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) programs, policies and services in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Quintana Roo, México. For more detailed information about the SSF, click here.