- Tasha PetilloTasha Petillo has assisted the organization Plenty Belize with its mission of “Working together for the people, communities, and environment of Toledo” as the accounts manager, business skills trainer, and as project manager. Her formal education includes an Associate’s Degree in Natural Resources M...
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.
Esther Barajas was selected as a GOJoven Fellow in 2006 at the age of 18. Her activism in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) began while serving as a volunteer with the Red Cross at the age of 13. She started working with Asociación TAN UX’IL in 2007, an organization dedicated to promoting adolescent and youth SRH in Peten, Guatemala, joining as Youth Prevention Services Coordinator, and later taking on the role of Public Relations Coordinator for the Yeny Mendoza Leadership Academy, and then Coordinator for the Community Access to Contraceptives Program. Esther is currently the Coordinator of the TAN UX’IL Health and Leadership Program, as well as President of the Board of Directors of Asociación GOJoven Guatemala, and Psychology Professor at San Carlos University of Guatemala-Peten Branch. She has a degree in Clinical Psychology from Mariano Galvez University thanks to the Summit Scholarship from the Summit Foundation and a GOJoven Training of Trainers certificate. She studied Public Policy Monitoring and Evaluation and received a scholarship to study Professional Leadership with the Guatemalan Leadership Association (ALG) in 2015. Esther is about to complete her Master’s degree in Mental Health and Clinical Psychology and is very dedicated to eradicating pregnancy and sexual abuse in girls and adolescents and to ensuring adolescents have access to differentiated, youth-friendly SRH services. She also works closely with the media (radio and television), including playing the role of Elena on the radio show “Between Two Roads” by Fundación Pro-Petén and working for the Guatemalan radio program “Código 0”.
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Ana Silvia Lopez Ixil is a Summit Scholarship recipient who is working on her Master’s Degree in Childhood and Adolescent Development at the Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. Her professional experience includes working as a food security facilitator with a community group for mother of children under 3 years old. She has worked on SRH issue with a SIAS on family planning. As a graduate of the GOJoven program’s Training of Trainers Process, Ana Silvia has become increasingly comfortable in her role as an advocate and educator in her Maya Kakchiquel community, where SRH topics are often considered taboo and difficult to discuss. Ana Sylvia received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2010.
David Efren López López was selected as a GOJoven Fellow at age 23. He was an incredibly charismatic, committed, and accomplished young leader that had a long list of achievements. David was involved in several health, advocacy, and HIV networks in Guatemala and throughout Latin America. He was deeply committed to preventing the spread of the disease and to advocating for the rights of those who are HIV-positive.
David passed away in August 2010. GOJoven honors his memory and his tireless work to champion the rights of those living with HIV and AIDS.
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Ingrid Janeth Gálvez Cuyún is a feminist, a primary school teacher by training and a Human Rights and Sexual Rights activist. Ingrid is convinced of the power of historic memory and social and sexual justice as tools for social transformation. Her professional experience includes educational work for Asociación de Servicios Comunitarios (ASECSA) and youth work about justice and civic engagement for the Centro para Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos (CALDH). Currently she coordinates the Advocacy Area of Asociación GOJoven Guatemala. Ingrid was also a recipient of the Summit Scholarship through the GOJoven program.
Roberto Morales is an indigenous leader who has worked as an HIV/AIDS researcher, educator, and activist with indigenous communities in rural Guatemala since 2001. He has extensive experience helping indigenous groups develop and write proposals for community improvement projects. Roberto speaks 4 indigenous languages, which enables him to provide SRH education to different indigenous communities in his municipality. From 2002 to 2007 he worked at Proyecto Payaso educating rural communities throughout Guatemala about a broad range of sexual and reproductive health issues using performance art and other creative forms of communication. In 2010, with the support of the Summit Foundation, he implemented an ASRH and gender-based violence prevention project for the victims of tropical storm Agatha. Roberto is a traditional Mayan medicine man (Ajq’ij).
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Ana Lourdes, a 2005 fellow, is currently the Executive Director for GOJoven Guatemala. She was 25 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, while working for ALAS Association, an organization based in Antigua, Guatemala, that promotes sexual and reproductive health training in rural communities. Overcoming cultural obstacles and strong community pressure, Lourdes organized a family planning clinic and brought APROFAM’s (an IPPF affiliate) mobile sterilization unit to her hometown. She also served as Director of the Poder-Joven project at the Community Health Services Association (ASECSA). She graduated from the GOJoven Trainer of Trainers process and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for Guatemala’s ICPD+20 Advocacy Group. As a GOJoven alumnus, she received a Summit Scholarship which helped her obtain her undergraduate degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Development Management, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Local Human Development and International Cooperation.
Matilde Cali Jatz’s professional experience includes working for the Child Fund Guatemala as a consultant. She worked as a researcher investigating the implementation of jobs for youth in 4 municipalities in Chimaltenango. As a young indigenous leader she has had to overcome tremendous personal challenges; when her mother died at an early age, Matilde left school to help take care of her family but returned to finish high school years later. She has worked at SHARE Guatemala on a community health and education program and as a trainer and community educator providing women and young people with information on reproductive health and family planning.
Manuela 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 servants in Guatemala about their reproductive and sexual health and rights. She is interested in expanding ASECSA’s focus on adolescent reproductive health, both at the policy and programmatic levels. Manuela recently finished her studies in Social Work and recently returned from Spain with her Master’s Degree.