This weekend I had the pleasure of joining GOJoven Honduras at a training retreat. Celebrating their tenth year working in Central America, GOJoven's work is centered on teaching adolescent sexual health and reproductive rights, in order to decrease sexual disease transmission, facilitate gender equality, and create pathways for both individual opportunity and community transformation .
The GOJoven model is based on training youth leaders, who bring lessons of health, leadership, acceptance, and gender rights to their peers, their families, and their communities, spreading change that will bring economic development and a higher standard of living to the whole country.
If that sounds lofty and idealistic, that's only because you haven't yet had the chance to see these young leaders roll up their sleeves and get to work, and you haven't yet seen the progress they have already made in their first ten years. Take a closer look: it's terribly impressive.