- Blanca Estela Ical Bolóm Blanca Estela Ical Bolóm became a GOJoven Fellow at age 18. She went to high school at the Mayan Educational Institution Ak Tenamit, Izabal where she focused on sustainable tourism. A dynamic, proactive, indigenous Queqchí woman, Blanca is seen as a leader within her community. She volunteered ...
Rodolfo Moo Chi, 28 years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. Rodolfo’s innate leadership skills, commitment to the youth of his community, and his past experience working at the local youth and health centers illustrate his capacity to initiate change. He hopes through the GOJoven program to begin to change attitudes regarding gender roles in Quintana Roo. He has long-term plans of entering politics. Rodolfo’s professional experience includes working for the Health Assistant at the Municipal Health Department in Felipe Carrillo Puerto.
Silvia Muñoz Montero is professionally trained in nursing, and worked in this area with the Secretariat of Health in the state of Quintana Roo, in preventative medicine in different rural communities. Silvia worked as a nurse for the Mexican Red Cross, volunteering her time in fundraising for three years. In 2006, Silvia was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, during which she carried out the implementation of her Leadership Action Plan in a center for juvenile offenders in the state of Quintana Roo, delivering educational workshops around sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues. In 2007, Silvia received an offer from Population Services International (PSI) to coordinate a project related to issues around youth SSR. This project was funded by the Summit Foundation. Silvia is a Summit Scholarship recipient.
Oscar Moreno Castillo, was 23 years-old when he became a GOJoven Fellow. He has worked as Coordinator of Centro Interactivo Poder Joven, a youth development center sponsored by the Quintana Roo Youth Commission. Oscar spent several years working at the Poder Joven Center in Felipe Carillo Puerto before he was promoted to his current position as Coordinator of the project. In 2007, Oscar held the position of Manager for the company Motopass Rent S.A. of C.V. He took part in a civil association called Spiral 7.0 and a project called “Hands and Voices for Quintana Roo,” as well as dedicating himself to his own business.
Mareny Cecilia Cortés Santiago was 26 years-old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes workings as an Assistant Director and Partner of HIDROLAB, a lab that performs chemical analysis of water, soil, food, and clinical specimens, and as a professor and president at the pre-university, associates level, teaching courses in science. Mareny has worked as an independent consultant for environmental organizations, including Ashoka Foundation to carry out environmental and public health projects. She has worked as a Country Representative for GOJoven in Mexico and an investigator on an HIV research project with the University of California, Berkeley and PHI. Mareny obtained her Bachelor’s in Environmental Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Automation in Chemical Analytics with the support of the Summit Foundation and the Phone Foundation. Mareny works to create a stronger link between SSR, the environment, and the empowerment of women in public policy.
Alejandra Patricia Sales Cardenas, was 29 when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working for the for the government’s program dealing with at-risk youth within the Department of the Family. She directed a residential center for at-risk youth in Chetumal, where she worked as a counselor and educator for young people on topics of sexual and reproductive health, gender, and sexual violence. She would like to study sexuality at the Mexican Institute of Sexology.
Gabriela Flores Rodríguez was selected to be a GOJoven Fellow when she was 22 and was part of the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Initiative – AIR in 2009. She has served as Technical Secretariat for the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (REDLAC), where she took charge of the network’s communication strategy and IT management. Additionally, she founded the Young Women’s Association “Being a woman” (Ser Mujer) in Honduras. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Central American Women’s Fund (FCAM) and has worked as an advisor to the Secretary of Education where she developed an information system for the educational system. Gabriela is a lesbian feminist who participates in many forms of political advocacy, training, research and promotion of Women’s Human Rights and LGBT Rights.
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Luís Joel Rivera Perdomo, selected as a GOJoven Fellow at age 22, has extensive experience in popular theatre. As an actor and theatre workshop teacher, Luis has worked with the Tegucigalpa Theatre Workshop Association and the Cultural Association RIMAS, an organization that executes projects focused on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Having toured throughout Honduras, the focus of his work has been on promoting popular theatre methodologies in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and giving voice to people living with HIV/AIDS. He has worked with Garifuna communities on developing popular theatre productions and providing theatre training.
Licda Nory Álvarez Betancourth, 25 years old when accepted as a GOJoven Fellow, was born into a large family of ten in a poor neighborhood inTegucigalpa. Licda is passionate about social justice issues, especially in her work with youth from marginalized communities. Licda graduated from the National Autonomous University of Honduras as a certified public accountant. Her professional experience includes working as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice-Minister and Director of the National Agrarian Institute and serving as board member of the National Council of the Youth Population (CONJUPH), an affiliate organization of the General Confederation of Workers, where she has worked with at-risk youth and youth workers. She has facilitated HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns and workshops, as well as projects with blind youth.
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Saul Pauu Maaz, is an indigenous Q’eqchi’ Mayan leader. he has taught pedagogy to teachers-in-training in the Bi-lingual High School in the rural town of Sayaxché, Petén, Guatemala. He worked on the bi-lingual radio novella “Entre dos Caminos-Sa’xxaallib’e” (Between Two Paths) for Fundación ProPetén, where he was responsible for adapting, narrating and developing the Q’eqchí version of this popular radio show that focused on social and health topics of importance to Petén communities such as reproductive health, family planning, STIs, including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive rights, and prevention of gender based violence. In 2007, Saul launched his campaign for mayor of Sayaxché, and although he was not elected, he plans to continue a career in politics. As a GOJoven Fellows in GOJoven, Saul hopes to improve his existing skills in developing, implementing and evaluating programs as well as hone his writing skills to create new radio programs that integrate sexual and reproductive health, interculturalism and the challenges of globalization.
Jose Roberto Luna Manzanero was selected as a GOJoven Fellow at the age of 22 and has been working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights since the age of 12. Jose Roberto’s professional experience includes coordinating the youth component of the government’s National Program for Sexual and Reproductive Health. He is a talented trainer and created the National Intersectoral Commission on Comprehensive Youth and Adolescent Health Services to advocate for young people’s sexual and reproductive rights. Jose Roberto has worked as an advisor for the National Program on AIDS and as Technical Assistant in Public Policy and is an active member of Incidejoven, a national network of youth activists in Guatemala.