Database: Mexico

Milca Patricia Dzul Chulim

MilcaMilca was workig on her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Universidad de Oriente when she became a Fellow.  She was a Conafe instructor, where she taught secondary school classes in the town of Poxil.  She is a young indigenous leader who takes risks to achieve her goals.  She values her studies very much, and left her community in order to continue studying. She is one of the few young people in her community who is still studying.  Milca is an organized and analytical young woman, who bilingual in Spanish and Maya. She means to open an Internet Cafe in her community after she finishes studying. In the long term, she plans to study a Master’s Degree in Finance.  When she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, she was 21 years old.

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Candelaria Ay Ku

CandelariaCandelaria was working as a Women’s Projects Advisor through the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI)’s POPMI program when she became a Fellow. She speaks Spanish and Maya and is well known for the support she offers people. This young indigenous leader fights to defend the rights of indigenous women and for those most in need. Her short-term goal is to work with 8 groups of 10 members each, in different communities, strengthening their organizational development to become successful leaders through productive projects by creating workshops and training sessions in different topics. In the long term she wants to create a center for women and young people in the Tulum and Lazaro Cárdenas municipalities. Candy was 21 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow.

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Lidia Esther Hoil Poot

LidiaLidia is a young indigenous leader who speaks Maya and Spanish, is deeply attached to her culture, and wishes to work for the betterment of women in her community.  She has participated in trainings about youth leadership provided by the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. She is an opinion leader within her school and the Kantunilkin hostel. Once she finishes her Bachelor’s degree, Lidia wishes to continue studying and to take part in an exchange program. Her professional goal is to work with women from her community, to empower them in matters of gender equality and chauvinism (machismo).  When she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, she was 22 years old.

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Álvaro Ché Canul

Álvaro was finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Centro Universitario de Valladolid at Conafe when he became a Fellow.  As a young indigenous leader, he has participated as cultural promoter with the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples.  Álvaro does a lot of volunteer community work focusing on youth and children, supporting them to make a better use of their time. He has worked as an advisor at the Health Center, teaching workshops on contraceptive methods and STIs to women who are in the Opportunities program. He has been invited to talk in schools about topics such as violence in long-term relationships and other topics related to personal development. He is a recognized and respected leader in the activities he performs. His goal, after finishing his Bachelor’s degree, is to get a formal job at a high school. In the long-term, he wishes to establish a psychology practice in the Nuevo Xcan community. When he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow, he was 26 years old.

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Catalino Noh May

Catalino Catalino is a young indigenous leader who speaks Maya and Spanish. He has a certificate in Training and Accreditation of Interpreters of Indigenous Languages in the fields of justice enforcement and administration.  He has participated in workshops for the strengthening of male and female leadership from a point of view of indigenous youth. Catalino is a natural leader who wishes to strengthen his knowledge through exchanges with other people. He is currently studying Alternative Tourism at the Universidad Intercultural Maya of Quintana Roo. In the future he sees himself developing a study on the feasibility of ecological tourism, and would like to raise funds towards this project. In the long term he sees himself implementing cultural projects with the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. Catalino was 21 years old when he was selected as a GOJoven Fellow.

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Luis José Correa

When Luis José was selected to become a GOJoven Fellow, he was 22-years old and worked as a volunteer for two years with the NGO Service, Sexuality Education and Health A.C. (SEEDSSA/ CHISPAS) in the area of communication and promotion. Part of his work included interviews with media, advocacy, and providing workshops with young people. Also, José Luis has organized a fashion show for HIV Prevention. José studied tourism administration in high school and has taken various diverse courses in ASRH. His vision for the future includes having his own organization with departments of research, development, and health.

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David Saúl Chan

David was working as a preventative health promoter for Population Services International (PSI) when he became a Fellow. In this position, David carried out one-on-one interventions to promote abstinence, reduction of number of partners, and consistent condom use. He has received diverse training in ASRH and his interest is to provide group education to people with hearing disabilities. In the future, David would like to study to become a therapist and continue his training in sexual and reproductive health topics. Now, he specializes in computer sciences at the University “Técnico Superior.” When he became a GOJoven Fellow, David was 21 years old.

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Karen Paola Rojas

Karen is a leader that was 24 years old when she became a GOJoven Fellow. She works as a Youth Project Coordinator for the international NGO Save the Children. She began her work with young people, coordinating projects in low income areas. In her position, she leads adolescent work groups. Karen graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her short term goal is to complete a master’s degree in Human Psychology at the University La Salle Cancún. Her vision for the future is to work with youth to promote gender equity through sexual and reproductive rights. Also, she hopes to provide teaching and counseling for the Youth Space program.

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Sandybel Robaldino

Sandybel had been the Director for the Comprehensive Mental Health Center at the Secretary of Health, Mexico for three years when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow. Furthermore, she has other important experience working with youth: she has been a representative for the College of Psychologists, worked with the Adolescent Health Promoters Group (GAPS), and provided training for a political group. Sandybel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University La Salle, Cancún and specializes in work with children, adolescents, and adults. Her vision for the future is to be promoted to a higher position at her agency. Sandybel desires to connect issues of ASRH with the work that she does currently. She desires to work on a project with sexual and reproductive health and mental health, providing essential workshops. She was 24 when she was selected to be a GOJoven Fellow.

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Areli Guadalupe Sánchez

Areli was working for an NGO called Service, Sexuality Education, and Health (SEEDSSA/CHISPAS) as a general assistant was she was selected. She has plans to create an educational magazine about ASRH issues since she believes it is a form of media the reaches everyone. She has her high school degree in computer science and she currently studies Marketing to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Her long term goals are to be a leader for future generations, strengthen her organization, and address “adultism” in society. Areli was 19 years old when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow.

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