To fight for the observance and enactment of sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) of marginalized adolescents and youth in Guatemala through training, research, communication, and political advocacy in various levels of national public administration and the international community.
GOJoven Guatemala Fellows envision themselves at the forefront of Guatemalan society, promoting respect and protection of the SRR of adolescents and youth.
- Civic Participation: Propel actions to uphold adolescent and youth SRR, through communications and advocacy with key stakeholders at the local, national and regional levels
- Training and Capacity-building: Build capacity among adolescents and youth in SRR that contributes to universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and comprehensive sexuality education as a human right
- Research: Implement interdisciplinary research on SRR to improve adolescent and youth SRH
- Organizational Development: Develop the structure, function, methodology, and sustainability of GOJoven Guatemala
Meet the GOJoven Fellows in Guatemala:
- We are pleased to introduce the newest cohorts of GOJoven Guatemala Fellows from 2015, 2016 and 2017!
- Read more about all the GOJoven Alumni Fellows in Guatemala here.
- Learn about their inspiring community leadership projects, called Leadership Action Plans, here.
GOJoven Guatemala in the News:
- GOJoven Guatemala Fellow Joseline Velásquez Morales Recognized As One of BBC’s Top 100 Women in 2018
- Concerns About Underage Pregnancies (Preocupan embarzos en menores de edad), featuring GOJoven Fellow Eunice Ramírez
Select achievements of GOJoven Guatemala:
- Incorporated three new generations of Fellows under GOJoven Guatemala, using the GOJoven Model, for a total of 61 new young leaders from 11 departments in the country
- Mobilized hundreds of adolescents and youth to advocate decision-makers and contribute a youth perspective to the debates in Congress about the National Youth Law 38-96 initiative
- Developed advocacy actions that contributed to the approval of Decree 8-2015, which modified the Civil Code to raise the minimum age of marriage for adolescents
- Promoted dissemination and awareness of Decree 8-2015 among the population to accelerate elimination of child marriage
- Joined the National Working Group on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (MENEIS) to help advance the right to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) from a human rights, gender and intercultural perspective, between 2015-2019 at the national level
- Co-organized the First National Youth Conference for youth and civil society organizations to address adolescent pregnancy, HIV and sexual violence
- Partner organization and youth member of the Reproductive Health Observatory (OSAR) national and departmental networks, to improve reproductive health outcomes and monitor the implementation of Guatemala’s Universal Law for Family Planning and Comprehensive Sexuality Education
- Reached more than 13,000 youth and adolescents with ASRH trainings and information to reduce adolescent pregnancy, HIV transmission and sexually transmitted infections
- Trained over 700 teachers to offer CSE in primary and secondary schools in multiple departments of Guatemala
- Developed youth-friendly multilingual ASRH radio programming to reach thousands of youth
- Produced a youth-targeted HIV prevention video utilized by the Ministries of Health and Education to educate youth on protecting their SRH
GOJoven Guatemala Fact Sheets:
Contact GOJoven Guatemala
Steffany Polanco, Interim Executive Director, GOJoven Fellow
Alexis Guzman, President of the Board of Directors, GOJoven Fellow
Address: Calle Ancha de los Herreros No. 59 “A”, Hospital Reina de los Angeles, Antigua, Guatemala
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