- Renita PopRenita Pop attended the Toledo Community College (TCC) and graduated in 2007 at the age of 16, with a diploma in Science. She later attended The University of Belize in pursuit of a Nursing Degree. In 2009 she obtained a certificate in Practical Nursing, was a Magna Cum Laude honor student, earned h...
Cinthia Sagrario Interian Varguez was 21 years-old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. When she was selected she was studying language and culture at the Intercultural Mayan University of Quintana Roo. This young leader has extensive community mobilization experience, including facilitating community meetings; program development and implementation; and conflict resolution. She brings experience counseling youth on various SRH topics, including gender violence prevention, addiction and personal development. Cinthia has been selected to participate in a regional Latin American youth congress, Espacio 2010, which focused on identifying and coming up possible solutions to the social issues young people in the region. Cinthia’s long-term goal is to study abroad for her Master’s Degree in intercultural education.
Gladys Maribel Puc Castillo was 19-years old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. When she was selected she was studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Municipal Management from the Intercultural Mayan University of Quintana Roo. In 2010, Gladys received recognition for being an outstanding “Intercultural Student,” having achieved academic excellence. She has proved to be a strong leader, representing her country group in spearheading different projects in her region. In the spring of 2011, she participated in the project, “Voices and Images,” whose objective is to advocate for change using media tools, communicating social issues to stakeholders. Gladys focused her work in issues around equality of gender and sexual diversity. Gladys’ objective is to continue working to promote youth sexual and reproductive health and focus her work in public health policies to continue her own personal leadership development.
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Zuemy Beatriz (Betty) Alvarado Caamal was 28 years-old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working for the public agency, Comprehensive Development for Families (DIF), as secretary for the President. In this same agency, she also worked as an assistant for the program, “Atention to Youth and Adolescents as Risk (PAMAR),” presenting talks on various topics, including issues around sexual and reproductive health. Betty has experience in community mobilization through the use of media, group facilitation, and program development. She graduated from the Intercultural Mayan University of Quintana Roo, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mayan Language and Culture. Her long term plan is to enter a Master’s program to strengthen her knowledge in sexual and reproductive health issues. Betty is dedicated to continue working with youth in her region, in her work, and with her GOJoven team.
Santos Rene Fuentes López was 22-years old when he became a Fellow in 2010. This leader is from the community of Sabán in the Municipality of José María Morelos in Quintana Roo. Santos is an Engineer in agricultural systems of production, graduated from the Intercultural Mayan University of Quintana Roo. He has worked on several community projects, including resource management projects and environmental education. Santos taught classes in SRH while in high school. Through his community work, he has developed his negotiation and community mobilization skills. Santos is passionate about teaching the youth in his community about the connections between protecting the environment and sexual and reproductive health.
Carlos Ivan Can Estrella was 27-years old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. When he was selected he was the program coordinator for Youth Space, an artisan center for youth. He facilitated discussion groups with youth on various topics, including SRH. This active youth leader has experience starting up community association groups and in proposal writing. Carols believes that youth in his community need to be taught SRH because they are particularly vulnerable to STI’s since a lot of them have to leave the community to find work in the tourist areas. Carlos has a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology, his goal is to continue his education and get a Doctorate Degree.
Griselda María Martínez Padilla is a Misquita activist who has experience working for the quasi-governmental National Human Rights Commission as an educator and promoter of human rights. Griselda has an Associate’s Degree in Social Work and has worked on human rights campaigns dedicated to helping people living with HIV/AIDS in some of the poorest regions of Honduras. As a bilingual Spanish/Misquito speaker, she works closely with indigenous communities and organizations on population development and advocacy. Griselda has a strong drive to help her community through education and job creation. She believes that youth in her community need to be empowered to talk freely about SRH which is still a taboo subject. Griselda was 29 years old when she became a GOJoven Fellow.
Wendy Jamileth Bermúdez Brown is a Misquita auxiliary nurse who has experience working in thePuertoLempiraHealthCenterand surrounding communities. She has worked on numerous sexual and reproductive health (SRH) campaigns in the area and has been able to achieve her goal of reaching even the most isolated communities. She has extensive experience working in HIV/AIDS prevention and SRH education, and volunteers with the local municipal government where she trains youth on SRH. Wendy is a bilingual Spanish/Misquito speaker who is dedicated to acquiring the necessary skills to help youth prevent unwanted pregnancies in her community. She would like to implement SRH programs that use best practices and model programs in order to address the gaps in services that exist in the Mosquitia region. She was 25 years old when she was selected to be a GOJoven fellow.
Silvia Xiomara García Méndez was 23 when she became a GOJoven Fellow. Xiomara has been a leader since she was 13 years old, participating in youth groups as a coordinator in the communities of Puerto Lempira and Olancho. She has served as a volunteer in a joint program of the United Nations in cultural identity issues and also with a local women’s organization, and has also worked as a teacher at the high school Centro de Educación Básica (BasicEducationCenter). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in basic education and is fluent in Misquito. She believes that children should be taught about sexual and reproductive health at an early age, especially in her community where adolescent pregnancy is very common. Xiomara is truly committed to working with youth and her main objective is to increase educational opportunities for her students. Her strongest passion is to promote sexual and reproductive health of youth in her community, through work with different organizations, parents and teachers.
José Luis Cruz Nicolás, a Misquito youth leader, is committed to working with local Misquito youth on the prevention of drug abuse and unwanted pregnancies. He has experience leading by example as a Spanish/Misquito bilingual youth volunteer at his church, where he shares his passion for life and positive energy with the youth in his community. His goal is to strengthen his skills as a youth leader and use mass communication to educate youth on sexual and reproductive health. José was 22 years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow.
German David Sandoval Orellana, a Ladino teacher, received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2008 from theFranciscoMorazánUniversity. His professional experience includes teaching English, math and computer classes at the Chino Tallon basic education center to youth aged 11 to 18. German dreams of a community that is free of drug addiction, with a high education level, and enthusiasm to improve. He has served as president of an organization called Kaysa, which means let’s go in Miskito, that works with youth on making personal improvements. He is fluent in Misquito and was 28 years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow.