- Adriana VarillasAdriana Varillas was 28 when selected as a GOJoven Fellow and was a writer for the La Voz del Caribe newspaper, based in Cancun, with a circulation extending throughout the northern part of Quintana Roo. She specializes in writing about the environment, but also covers gender, human rights, politics...
Eben Reyes became a GOJoven Fellow at age 23. His professional experience includes working in San Pedro Sula for Comunicación Para La Vida (COMVIDA), a municipal government program that focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention among young people. As the leader of his Adventist Church’s youth group, Eben has also been actively involved with religious youth in his community. He is committed to educating his peers about HIV and is very interested in using his training in information technology to educate young people through the Internet.
José Augusto Vélez Castro was 24 years old when he became a GOJoven Fellow. His educational background is in Psychology and he did his professional internship at the Metropolitan Health Unit, providing advice to men sent in for domestic violence, and he also sees women who are victims of violence. He would like to continue working in the fields of masculinity and sexual and reproductive health, since he has noticed that many young people in his city need to know more about these topics. In his free time, José is the leader of a music group that plays rock pop.
Nery Felipe Sánchez Murillo has worked in the Atlantic Coast Regional Delegation of the National Commission for Human Rights (CONADEH) in the promotion and training area, coordinating with different organizations that work in the areas of HIV/AIDS, human rights, and sexual and reproductive health. He has also been a volunteer at the citizen observatory of the National AIDS forum. Nery is a dynamic leader, well known in his community for being responsible, resolute, and committed to empowering young people in different topics. He was 24 years old when he was invited to become a GOJoven Fellow.
Enil Alexander Hernández Díaz was 20 years old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Before being hired as a promoter, he worked over five years as a volunteer for Rural Betterment in the program “Network of Youth inDefiance, Building the Future.” He has worked with volunteer networks in dangerous neighborhoods, using educational talks to teach several sexual and reproductive health topics to young people. Although this is not an easy task, Enil feels it’s a very important one. Enil is a person who enjoys supporting his community; he is open towards young people and knows how to motivate those around him.
Yarlene Hernández Dubon was 18 years old when she was selected, and she was one of the youngest Fellows in the GOJoven program in 2012. She has worked for many years as a volunteer in a youth program at the Red Cross, providing training workshops for young people from different educational institutions in the city ofLa Ceiba. Yarlene has formed a wide network of young people who are educated on climate change and sexual and reproductive health topics. As a GOJoven Fellow, she has strengthened her knowledge on sexually transmitted infections (STI) and improved her communication abilities.
Yilian Maribeth David Herrera has served as director of the Corozal Theater and Dance Group, and has professional experience managing a recycling and solid waste management project. As a university intern in Graphic Design, she acted as a facilitator in sexual and reproductive health and performing arts topics in 36 Garifuna communities along the Atlantic coast ofHonduras. Yilian is fluent in Spanish and Garifuna. She would like to work in STI and HIV/AIDS prevention with young people, combining her experience in theatrical and youth topics. Yilian was 26 years old when she was invited to participate in the GOJoven program.
Lesbia Yamileth Cáceres Muños was 24 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Since then, she has dedicated her life to working with women and youth in La Ceiba, Honduras. Her academic background is in human development and law. She graduated as a Lawyer from the Honduras Technological University, where she was active in the Law School Student Association, as well as being active in the Youth Against Violence movement and in her church. She later completed her Master’s Degree in Project Administration at the Central American Technological University (UNITEC), and has since worked in project coordination and multiple consultancies. Her professional experience also includes working for the Honduran NGO ‘Unit for Women and Families’ Integral Development’ (UDIMUF). Since 2015 she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asociación GOJoven Honduras, and works as an attorney for the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the city of Trujillo, department of Colon, Honduras. Yamileth is very committed to gender equity and seeks to make her own contributions that will bring change in her country. This young leader enjoys the recognition of her community as an empowered woman that obtains very good results in her work.
María Ursula Fernandez is an auxiliary nurse who focuses her work on preventing teenage pregnancies through use of contraception. María Ursula’s specialization is Public Health, and her vision for the future is to create a space within the health center where both girls and boys can obtain information about adolescent sexual and reproductive health to prevent the high rate of teenage pregnancies. María says that “the most important quality of a leader is to be responsible,” and she considers herself to be a very responsible young person. She was 23 years old when she was selected to be a GOJoven Fellow.
Yordin Onasi Aguirre has worked as a volunteer coordinator at the Colinas Area Development Association (ADACOL) and as a secretary for the Youth Municipal Committee. He also worked as a volunteer with the Catholic Church and the Santa Cruz Colinas Library, where he hosts a reading circle for children. This young leader was 19 years old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Yordin says, “I enjoy teaching and training and am passionate about working with young people.” His passion stands out in his volunteer work to improve his village, the library, the youth ministry and ADACOL. Yordin completed a high school degree in sciences and art, and in the future he wants to work in an organization to improve his community, focusing on sexual and reproductive health issues and working with youth.
Lourdes Nohemy Enamorado Ramirez has served as the director of the Environmental Unit of the Municipality of Santa Bárbara and has worked as a volunteer for an organization called ANEDH (Asociación Nacional de Exbecarios para el Desarrollo de Honduras) to provide environmental education camps. In this position, she has collaborated with health clinics, health committees, youth organizations, and educational centers. Nohemy graduated with a high school degree in social promotion, and wants to continue coordinating projects with youth that improve conditions for youth in her Municipality, among these conditions, their sexual and reproductive health. Nohemy was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 22 years old.