GOJoven International 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.
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 powered 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.
Launching Belize's Next Generation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Leaders
GOBelize promotes positive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) knowledge and behavior, leadership, and environmental consciousness among young people, in an atmosphere of fellowship.
From 2004 to 2015, the GOJoven Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Program trained eleven cohorts in Belize, totaling 82 young people. Initially run by the Public Health Institute (USA), GOJoven trainings and programming in Belize have been run by the NGO GOJoven Belize Alumni Association (GOBelize) since 2011.
What are the long-term impacts of participating in the GOJoven Belize program, and how are the program's alumni still engaging in advocacy efforts to advance sexual and reproductive health?
In 2017, GOJoven conducted an alumni survey to learn more about the program's impact on participants throughout their professional careers. They found that 83% of GOJoven Belize alumni are currently working to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health or rights as either volunteers or in paid positions. And, 80% of GOJoven Belize alumni in leadership positions.
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Strengthening Youth-led Advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Belize
In 2016, PHI supported the GOJoven Belize Alumni Association (GOBelize) in its efforts to strengthen the advocacy capacity of GOBelize-trained youth and adolescents to create a youth platform that develops joint advocacy strategies at the district and national levels promoting the adoption and implementation of comprehensive evidence-based adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights-related programs and policies.
GOBelize provided advocacy capacity building training to 20 GOJoven Belize alumni ages 18-35 and convened over 100 at-risk youth ages 16-26 from their Youth Empowerment Project through a Youth Forum and a subsequent 8-hour advocacy training. The participants jointly designed 3 advocacy action plans to implement in 5 of Belize’s 6 districts and coalesced into a nascent national youth platform. GOBelize integrated WestWind-funded AMAZE sexuality education resources for adolescents into its work, piloting them with students at two of the country’s vocationa l schools with high at-risk adolescent populations.
Applying what they learned, the GOJoven fellows produced 3 advocacy action plans addressing priority adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRH) issues in Belize: comprehensive sexuality education, access to youth-friendly ASRH services, and legislation protecting ASRHR particularly in regards to cyberbullying. Each team also developed a communication plan for effective implementation of its advocacy plan. In addition, GoJoven fellows also designed a National Youth Platform to serve as a collective mechanism to communicate about ASRHR policy news, connect their peers to youth-friendly services and exchange experiences. They also formed a GOBelize Advocacy Committee that will moderate the platform.