GOJoven is a multi-year youth development fellowship program focused on building the capacity of young leaders and their organizations in Mesoamerica to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes through reducing adolescent pregnancy, maternal mortality, and HIV/STI rates and strengthen the enabling environment to sustain this progress.
Building Organizational Capacity to Improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Central America
This project enhances the organizational capacity of community service organizations and government agencies to implement youth friendly, evidence-based adolescent sexual and reproductive health policies and programs. By leveraging existing programs in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, GOJoven mounts a two-day organizational capacity building workshop in Spanish for 15 organizations in each of the three countries.
Expanding Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Education in Quintana Roo, Mexico and Peten, Guatemala
PHI will continue to provide technical assistance and financial support to two NGOs: SEEDSSA in Quintana Roo, Mexico and Tan Uxil in Peten, Guatamala. Over 100 Ministry of Health service providers in eight clinics will be trained as referral agents to free and low-cost adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) services, reaching hundreds of youth and adolescents in at-risk rural and urban areas.
GOJoven International: Building Youth-Led and Youth-Serving ASRH Organizations
The Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (GOJoven) will increase the organizational capacity of four GOJoven Alumni Associations in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Quintana Roo, Mexico to advance adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) programs, policies and services at local national, regional and international levels. The program will also partner with the GOJoven Alumni Associations to improve and document ASRH-related outcomes, through implementation and evaluation of a project in each country that is focused on ASRH education, capacity-building, services, and/or advocacy for policy change.
GOJoven International: Strengthening Youth-Led and Youth-Servicing ASRH Organizations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico
To continue building the effectiveness of the four GOJoven Alumuni Associations to contribute to decreasing the adolescent fertility rate among girls aged 15-19 in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Objectives will be to 1) Continue to increase the organizational capacity and sustainability of the four GOJoven Alumni Associations, and 2) Assist GOJoven Associations to improve and document adolescent sexual and reproductive (ASRH) health-related outcomes, through providing additional support to funded projects that focus on ASRH education, capacity-building, services, and/or advocacy for policy change, with a special emphasis on developing the next generation of young AYSRHR leaders in each country.
PHI will work with GOBelize in 2013 to strengthen the leadership of Belizean youth and their organizations to make services, policies and programs better to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Strengthening the Enabling Environments to Support Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Mexico and Central America
This project will provide funds and technical assistance to increase the capacity of organizations in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras to provide an enabling environment supportive of adolescent sexual and reproductive health as well as youth leadership.
Summit Scholarship Fund
International Health Programs implements the Summit Scholarship Fund to complement the overall goals of GOJoven. IHP provides scholarships and professional guidance to a selected group of GOJoven alumni, supporting their education and building their leadership to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Mexico and Central America.
Supporting Expansion of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Education in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and Peten, Guatemala
PHI continues to provide TA and financial support to two NGOs: SEEDSSA in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and Tan Uxil in Peten, Guatemala. The project will train over 100 Ministry of Health service providers in eight clnics in rural and urban economically disadvantaged areas to act as referral agents to access free and low-cost adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) services. These organizations improve and expand ASRH education and medical services for hundreds of youth.
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Developing Youth Leaders for Reproductive Health
PHI’s GoJoven program develops and supports youth leaders across Latin America to advocate for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, resources and education in their communities. It’s estimated that 27,000 youth in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico have received better SRH education and services because of the efforts of GoJoven leaders.
In 2015, GoJoven was recognized as one of the top youth leadership development programs by the USAID-funded Leadership, Management & Governance Project.