Project Leader: Verlie Rebecca Lamb, 28
Using a girl-centered leadership curriculum, Verlie, will lead the CDF’s project to increase girls’ secondary school retention in 12 schools in 5 communities in the Cayo District. Workshops will also be held with parents to increase community support for girls to stay in school. In addition, CDF will advocate for the adoption of protection policies for girls in school.
Project Leader: Thandiwe Diego, 17
Thandiwe will coordinate the POWA’s project to provide leadership training and information about sexual and reproductive health and rights to 25 adolescent girls. These girls will then participate in the design and implementation of an advocacy and communication campaign with the objective of strengthening access to and affordability of schools for girls in the Stann Creek District.
Project Leader: Amira Lisette Teul, 28
Amira will lead Toledo Maya Women’s Council’s project to conduct a girl-oriented census and mapping in four Mayan communities in the Toledo District. Young mentors will be trained to lead weekly sessions for 100 girls and adolescents from these communities with the aim of strengthening their knowledge and skills in sexual and reproductive health, leadership, financial education, and social entrepreneurship.
Project leader: Sara García, 30
Sara García will lead Agrupación Ciudadana por el Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico’s project in training members of the Alliance for Women’s Health and Lives to implement a comprehensive communication and advocacy strategy to generate support for favorable reproductive rights legislation and policy.
Project leader: Keyla Eunice Cáceres De León, 24
Keyla Eunice Cáceres De León will lead the project to be carried out by Jóvenes Voceras y Voceros por los Derechos Sexuales y los Derechos Reproductivos which will focus on strengthening the organization’s capacity, and individual youth members’ skills to carry out activism and advocacy to generate support for favorable reproductive rights legislation and policy.
Project leader: Leslie Mejía, 29
Leslie Mejía will lead the project carried out by Asociación AMA to increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights topics among members of the organization and increase the didactic skills of primary school teachers in Southern Petén. Asociación AMA will also engage in local advocacy with the Ministry of Education and Health in Petén and at the national level.
Benilda and Mildred will lead the Asociación COINCIDIR project to improve the permanence, success and enrollment of adolescents in secondary schools in the municipality of San Luis Jilotepeque in the department of Jalapa. They will support girl-led advocacy to follow-up on commitments made by the current municipal mayor for investments in education. They will also strengthen their Center for Adolescent Development, which provides training and tutoring services to adolescent girls. Improvements will be made in parent’s and community leader’s knowledge and attitudes regarding the value of girls’ education. Finally, they will support the implementation of girl protection policies in 3 schools.
Project leader: Joseline Esteffania Velásquez Morales, 24
Joseline will lead the GOJoven Guatemala project to establish multi-stakeholder spaces for work in favor of girls and adolescents in 5 municipalities. Monitoring will be done of sexual and reproductive health indicators in each municipality with an emphasis on adolescent pregnancies and forced unions. Action plans for the prevention of forced unions will be developed and implemented and political dialogues will be initiated with key actors in the executive and legislative branches.
Project Leader: Angela Rovelo, 21
Angela Rovelo will lead the project to be carried out by Asociación GOJoven Honduras which aims to build support among public authorities at the state-level for the legalization of Emergency Contraception and to engage in advocacy with the ministries of health and education at the national-level.
Project Leader: Grecia Lozano, 22
Grecia Lozano is the leader for the Centro de Derechos de Mujeres’s project which will strengthen members of the We are Many Platform to implement a comprehensive communication and advocacy strategy to generate support for favorable reproductive rights legislation and policy.
Project leader: Sara Avilez Tomé, 30
Sara Avilez Tomé and Yosseline Valladares will co-lead Centro de Estudios de la Mujer – Honduras’ project which seeks to increase favorable public opinion towards reproductive rights by developing the spokesperson skills of young marginalized women and involving them in the implementation of a public campaign.
Project leader: Claudia Pavón, 21
Claudía Pavón will lead Organization for Youth Empowerment’s project which aims to institutionalize the Honduran government’s national comprehensive sexuality education curriculum in Basic Education Centers in El Progreso, Yoro.
Elige: Red de Jóvenes por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos A.C (Mexico), SEEDSSA, and México y Caribe Jóvenes (GOJoven México)
These three organizations will contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancies in the state of Quintana Roo by strengthening the Quintana Roo Network for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights and its participation in the State Group for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy. Additionally, they will seek the promotion and appropriation of sexual rights in adolescents and young people through political advocacy and training processes.