Mexico y Caribe Jovenes A.C. (GOJoven Mexico)

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To empower adolescents and young people in Mexico to exercise their human rights, particularly their sexual and reproductive health rights.


We envision a country where adolescents and youth are healthy, informed and exercising their human rights with access to high quality and youth-friendly health services and sex education within a larger framework of sustainable development.

Strategic Focus: 

  • Impact programs, services, and policies around ASRH and strengthen public health and education systems at the community, departmental, national, and regional level  in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
  • Improve ASRH outcomes in Quintana Roo, Mexico, by training youth, educators, and service providers in ASRH.
  • Support sustainable development of youth leadership and capacity in ASRH.

Meet the GOJoven Fellows in Mexico:

  • We are pleased to introduce the newest cohort of GOJoven Mexico Fellows from 2015!
  • Read more about all the GOJoven Alumni Fellows in Mexico here.
  • Learn about their inspiring community leadership projects, called Leadership Action Plans, here.


Select achievements of GOJoven in Quintana Roo:

Where we work

  • Mobilized civil society and government organizations to jointly advocate for the creation of the State Group for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (GEPEA) in Quintana Roo, a new state mechanism for implementing the National Strategy for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
  • Co-founded in 2015 and actively participate in the youth-led Quintana Roo Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (RQDSRJ in Spanish), which is the entity representing youth civil society in the state’s GEPEA and advocates Congress on a wide array of pro-youth measures to improve sexual and reproductive rights
  • Co-founded and represented civil society in the government-led Quintana Roo State Network on ASRH, until 2016
  • Participated in developing the National Youth Law and incorporating adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR)
  • Advocated alongside local and international coalitions to ensure that comprehensive sexuality education be made part of secondary school curricula and to request the creation of public policies and programs that ensure the acknowledgement and respect for the rights of Mexican youth
  • Trained the first generation of 12 young fellows as Mexico y Caribe Jovenes, using the GOJoven Model, to propel generational transition in leadership roles in GOJoven Mexico and diverse social impact spaces
  • Trained 24 young people 15-25 years old from different parts of Quintana Roo through the “Political Training Process for Youth 2018” program, supported by the CAMY Fund, SEEDSSA and RedElige. The program focused on topics including political advocacy, social media movements, media, human rights, and SRHR.
  • Implemented 9 community-based Leadership Action Plans that directly trained and educated more than 3,000 youth and adolescents, particularly marginalized indigenous youth, throughout Quintana Roo with ASRH trainings and information to reduce adolescent pregnancy, HIV transmission, and sexually transmitted infections
  • Implemented campaigns each year for National Adolescent Health Week and International Youth Day, reaching over 1,000 adolescents and youth each time, with programming designed by youth and developed in partnership with civil partnership with civil society organizations and government
  • Strengthened the skills of 30 adolescent boys ages 13-18 through the J-Xiibal Collective in the Maya community Chunhuhub in ongoing trainings around healthy masculinities with support from the Global Fund for Children, who in turn reached over 500 other adolescent students from the community with SRHR training
  • Selected to participate in and granted seed funds through Promundo’s Regional Training Initiative (RTI) Central America, organized in partnership with Puntos de Encuentro, ECPAT Guatemala, and MenEngage Latin America, in recognition of GOJoven Mexico’s sustained track record in building health masculinities with adolescents
  • Opened a youth-friendly space to improve access to health services and ASRH information for close to 1,000 youth, most of whom are indigenous
  • Hosted a community service event catering to mothers, children, and young adolescents in the Mayan communities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Tulum, with support from the Buckner Foundation. In addition to distributing food, medical supplies, and other resources to vulnerable families, GOJoven Mexico led activities throughout the day that promoted human rights and focused on environmental conservation.
  • Led film-debate events using the GOJoven Digital Stories to sensitize hundreds of middle and high school students in the Othon P. Blanco municipality on topics of ASRHR that have led GOJoven Alumni into this field
  • Published over 50 newspaper articles and radio spots informing thousands of youth and the public on ASRHR
  • Worked in partnership with CAMY Fund of the Seattle International Foundation, The Summit Foundation via the Public Health Institute, Global Fund for Children, MEXFAM, the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous People (CDI in Spanish), the national government’s Mexican Institute for Youth (IMJUVE), and the state government’s Quintana Roo Women’s Institute (IQM), among others

Fact Sheets about Mexico y Caribe Jovenes (GOJoven Mexico):

Contact México y Caribe Jóvenes:

Ricardo May Jara, Executive Director, GOJoven Fellow

Candelaria Ay Ku, Board President, GOJoven Fellow

Dirección: Calle Privada de Fovissste 391, Colonia Cedros, C.P. 77024, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Telephone: +52 (983) 127-3860


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