- Erikson Bersani GarciaErikson Bersani Garcia's professional experience includes working for the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala as a consultant setting up administrative processes and revising management policies. He worked for the Guatemalan Ministry of Health’s Program on Young People as an advocate withi...
Maria was working as a volunteer in the Municipal Women’s Affairs Office in Chiantla, Huehuetenango when she became a Fellow. In this position, she worked to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health rights and literacy in her community. She has also participated in the organization “Mother Jungle” (Madre Selva) as facilitator of a workshop called “The Stars of Today,” that focused on young women living in rural Chiantla, Huehuetenango. This workshop covered issues around the environment, sexual and reproductive health, and healthy relationships. Maria’s dreams for her community are to end transmission of sexually transmitted infections and prevent teenage pregnancies. Maria was 18 years old and was one of the youngest fellows when she first became involved in the GOJoven program.
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.
Eva Patricia Chúc Choxom was 27-years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working as a Project Coordinator for Asociación Concejo Pro-Desarrollo Comunitario (ACPDC) in Totonicapán where she was a rural educator and a member of the Board of Directors. As a youth trainer, she has lead trainings on civic duty, youth leadership, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and has trained the ACPDC Board of Directors on various SRH topics. She was a beneficiary of the 2004 GOJoven Team’s Leadership Action Plan and was trained by Puntos de Encuentro in Nicaragua on SRH and youth development. She also worked en the creation of a youth focused survey to analyze the SRH situation in Totonicapán. Eva hopes to fortify her leadership abilities in SRH and involve youth in knowing the importance of SRH. Ultimately, she aims to graduate as a social worker and work in various youth SRH projects.
Juan Gilberto Escobar Reyes was 19-years old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. His professional experience includes working with Proyecto Payaso in HIV prevention and education, as well as with an association of people with disabilities using popular education techniques. He has been active in community mobilization and development, as well as local policy advocacy. Gilberto is a member of a local organization of traditional midwives of Quetzaltenango, where he supports the midwifery school in designing its curriculum and disseminating the organization’s materials on topics such as menstruation and breastfeeding. He is also a 2011 AGALI Fellow.
Erick Gabriel Chox López was 27-years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow. His professional experience includes coordinating an HIV project at the Association for Youth and Cultural Development of Cantel, Quetzaltenango. Erick began his work in youth development in 1998 with the creation of a youth group. He participated in the Guatemalan Youth Assembly in 1997 and the National Association of Guatemalan Youth in 1998, and was subsequently selected by PAHO to represent Guatemala at a youth leadership forum in the U.S. From 2003-2005, Erick was Coordinator of the National Assembly of Guatemalan Youth, responsible for coordinating over 50 organizations working with youth.
Eunice Meeilih Ramírez Cotóm was 25-years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Her professional experience includes working as a Social Worker for the Quetzaltenango Municipal Women’s Office, where focused on the civic participation of young and adult women, violence prevention against women and SRH outreach campaigns. Her goal is to help rural women to gain a voice and participation in their local governmental Social Development Councils and her long-range goal is to actively participate in local politics and someday, become the mayor of her community.
Gloria Araceli Salanic Cornejo is a Maya-K’iché woman whose professional experience includes working as a Volunteer Community Facilitator for Asociación Amigas, where she provided training on family planning, prevention of violence against women, personal relationships, and HIV/STIs in the rural villages surrounding Quetzaltenango. She has a teaching degree and works as a Physical Education teacher. Gloria is the secretary of her Catholic youth group, where she provides talks on communication and attitudes about sexuality. Gloria was 18-years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Gloria’s long term plans are to study radiology at the university and, with her mother, open a clinic and pharmacy in her home town.