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A Case Study of the GOJoven Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Program: Securing Sustainability

Designed as a teaching tool on how to secure the sustainability of innovative youth programming, this case study from PHI's GOJoven International dives into key topics including global health, sustainability, youth leadership development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, organizational design, governance, and change management.

  • Esther Tahrir, MPH
  • Sarah Jane Holcombe, Marta Honoria Castillo, Ana Lourdes Tojin, Juana Esther Barajas Vasquez, Dunia Carola Orellana Guifarro, Licda Alvarez, Nancy Leiva, Eva Burgos, Ricardo Jara, Jacinta Chan Pech, Marco Antonio Tóh, Kathy Hall, Susanna Moore, Sahai Burrowes, Julie Solomon
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PHI’s GOJoven International develops and strengthens young leaders & their organizations to catalyze social change and vastly expand adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights choices, services, policies, and programs in Mesoamerica. GOJoven’s training model is adaptable and replicable to address many adolescent & youth topics and geographies.

Published in 2020, the GOJoven case study now tells the story behind the program–designed to be used as a classroom teaching tool for securing the sustainability of innovative youth programming. It dives into key topics including global health, sustainability, youth leadership development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, organizational design, governance, and change management.

The publication includes teaching notes for use in instructional settings, available in a separate document. The case is published in full color for digital/online use and in black & white for classroom use.

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Summary & Learning Objectives

This case documents the development and sustainability of GOJOven International, an innovative youth leadership development program run by the Public Health Institute, in four Mesoamerican countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

It delineates the challenges facing program stakeholders in 2011-12, during the initial leadership transition and sustainability planning period, and again in 2018-2019, as those stakeholders become even more autonomous in their replication of the program at the local level. They have grappled with questions such as the following: What should be their path forward? What is the best approach to sustaining and expanding the reach of the GOJoven program and its aims? Can GOJoven survive and grow successfully with the proposed strategy, organization(s), and funding streams? What are GOJoven’s assets and potential obstacles?

Use the case study and teaching notes for a productive class discussion that will allow students to appreciate the notable features of this youth leadership development program, the factors underpinning its genesis and design, and the challenges the model faces in charting a path to longer-term sustainability.

Originally published by Go Joven


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