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Fellows from GOJoven Mexico were among 700 youth who participated in the public launch of the network for sexual and reproductive health for young people in Quintana Roo. The launch coincided with the kickoff of the National Week of Adolescent Health.
“The network is intended to strengthen institutional strategies and programs in cooperation with civil society organizations and contribute to an increase in the supply of services for youth,” said Sandybel Robaldino, National Coordinator for GOJoven Mexico.
The launch event, promoted by the System for Integral Family Development, the Ministry of Health and the city of Benito Juarez, offered youth educational resources around health and well-being via 12 different booths, including one organized by GOJoven Mexico.
According to Robaldino, “The event was important to help strengthen the preventative and comprehensive sexual education resources available to youth, enabling them to make responsible and informed decisions about their sexual health.”
There are currently 20 million youth between 15 and 24 years old living in Mexico. Both the event and the network were born of the knowledge that youth make up a huge proportion of the population in Mexico and Central America and their health and well-being need to be at the forefront of plans for the future.
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From November 23-25, GOJoven Mexico held their annual meeting in the city of Chetumal Quintana Roo in southern Mexico. The three-day meeting brought GOJoven Mexico one step closer to realizing their goal of becoming an official non-governmental organization (NGO) in Mexico.
Close to 20 fellows from the GOJoven program in Mexico attended to plan for the future of the program, including: determining the organizational structure, officially announcing the organization’s leadership and defining the priorities and activities for GOJoven Mexico in 2014.
The following fellows will lead GOJoven Mexico into this next exciting phase of growth as part of the leadership team: Marco Antonio Toh Euan as President, Cecilia Mareny Cortés Santiago as Secretary, Jacinta Chan Pech as Treasurer, Andrea Espinoza as Communications Director, Rodolfo Moo Chí as Member-At-Large, Lemuel Vega as Representative of the Riviera Region, and Gladys Maribel Puc Castillo as Member-At-Large, representative of youth under 25.
For 2014, the GOJoven Mexico NGO is committed to advocating for comprehensive sexual education in public schools. Their focus is on advocating that the General Youth Law in Quintana Roo remain consistent with the stipulations of the “Ministerial Declaration: Prevent Through Education,” which declares that health and education ministries must collaborate with civil society organizations to prevent adolescent sexually transmitted infections (specifically HIV) through comprehensive sexual education in public schools. GOJoven Mexico will also promote the creation of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, and encourage youth and adolescents to use these services.
One fellow shared about her experience of being part of GOJoven Mexico and the recent annual meeting by saying, “I liked seeing the enthusiasm from the start, and now I see in this meeting that we have results. We’re here because of GOJoven, and I owe the program a lot.”