- Maria Manuela Garcia PúManuela Garcia Pú became a GOJoven Fellow at age 28. As a Mayan woman, Manuela worked within ASECSA’s advocacy program focusing on gender policy and advocacy, both at the national level and within the organization. Prior to coming to ASECSA, she trained young Mayan women who work as domestic servant...
Onorio Sánchez Mena was 29 years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow. As a Taguaka community nurse, he has worked at a local health center providing HIV/STD testing and counseling to young indigenous women and as a community health worker addressing gender equity and adolescent pregnancy prevention. Onorio has experience volunteering at a Catholic radio program on various health-related issues and believes that his radio experience combined with his ability to speak three languages (Spanish, Misquito and Taguaka) enable him to significantly impact the sexual and reproductive health of his community. In his view, radio is an effective tool to reach the local people who do not have access to other forms of communication. Onorio would like to create a youth-friendly space providing access to SRH information, counseling and most importantly, enabling youth to be heard.
José Luis Cacao was 27 years-old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. His professional experience includes working for the Mental Health Unit of the Alta Verapaz Heath Center and with youth in seven municipalities, providing training and coordinating activities related to SRH. This young leader, fluent in both Spanish and Quqchí, was elected by his community to be a representative on the Community Development Advisory Board (COCODE). Prior to taking on this elected post he was part of the COCODE’s board of directors. José’s hopes to establish an NGO focused on young victims of sexual and domestic violence in his community.
Adolfo Eduardo Có Coy was 25 years-old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. This indigenous youth leader who is fluent K’iché, Poqomchi and Spanish. He is the president of Equilibrium, an autonomous youth group that focuses on gender equity, human rights and agricultural issues. He has coordinated a wide range of projects, including an organic composting with the Community Development Advisory Board (COCODE) and maternal mortality prevention. His goal is to create job opportunities for youth in businesses like the small construction company he owns and to do effective outreach in SRH to communities that have little access to such information so that they can make informed decisions about their lives.
Ana Maria Floricelda Bol was 30 years-old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working for the Rural Women’s Development Bank (BANCOMUR), which provides micro-credit loans and health education to indigenous women. She was the Secretary of the BANCOMUR Board of Directors and taught classes in health, socio-economics, emotional health and hygiene. She also has volunteered teaching literacy and conducting rural surveys with the Association of Community Health Services (ASECSA) and she is also on the board of directors of her church.
Lorena Guay Molina was 26-years old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working for the Department of Mental Health in Alta Verapaz where she coordinated women’s groups in both rural and urban settings. As part of her job, she trained young female students on various health related topics, including SRH. She has extensive experience designing projects for rural communities and is bilingual is Spanish. Lorena’s goal is to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and have her own practice.