Leslie and Brenda of Asociación AMA will co-lead the project, “Love me and Protect me from Pregnancy, Phase III.” They will strengthen the knowledge and practices around sexual and reproductive health and rights of 45 youth leaders as well as increase the didactic skills of 108 primary school teachers, responsible for providing comprehensive sexuality education in Southern Petén. During the course of the project they will transmit 30 episodes of their bilingual radio program, “The ABC of Sexuality,” which addresses sexual and reproductive health and rights. Asociación AMA will also engage in advocacy with ministers of health and education in Petén and at the national level.
Project leader: Benilda Martínez, 24
Benilda 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.
Sandra and Delfina of Women’s Justice Initiative will lead the project, “Empowering Mayan Girls and Community Actors to Prevent Early Unions” to provide rights-based trainings on preventing early unions to 300 adolescent girls as well as their parents, teachers, health providers and municipal leaders. The project will also develop informational materials and educational resources for the girls and hold a municipal forum centered on early unions with key stakeholders.