Ivonne Elena Miranda

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Ivonne Elena Miranda - 2017 Nominee
Position: Psychologist & Trainer
Organization: Asociación GOJoven Honduras
Current Location: Honduras
Master in Psychology with emphasis in Education from Catholic University of Honduras (graduated 2015)
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Catholic University of Honduras (graduated in 2007)
Graduated Fellow of the Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health (GOJoven) Program (2009)
A young Garifuna woman leader from rural remote Honduras, Ivonne’s first-hand knowledge of youth & adolescents’ barriers to FP drove her to be an expert trainer, counselor & advocate with Honduras’ leading youth SRHR organization, GOJoven Honduras. – Susanna Moore, Program Manager at GOJoven International at Public Health Institute
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I’ve worked for nearly 6 years in a comprehensive adolescent clinic providing family planning and HIV/AIDS counseling, explaining the correct use of contraceptive methods in a youth-friendly manner. Currently, I’m the lead trainer for a cohort of 20 young SRHR leaders (ages 15-27) in the Department of Colon, Honduras, to create the Colon Youth SRHR Platform, which will be the fourth Youth Platform created under the auspices of GOJoven Honduras Association since 2015.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning is fueled by the continuously high rates of adolescent pregnancy in the Department of Colon, Honduras, where I live. In 2012, according to the National Secretary of Health, it was reported that the adolescent pregnancies in Colon alone made up 31% of the national total. 

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

In the future, I would like to continue training young people in family planning issues, advising them about their sexual and reproductive rights. An empowered and informed young person is guaranteed to be more committed to being a change agent for him/herself and others. 

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I would expand the team-based, community Leadership Action Plans which the young people I’m training in Colon, Honduras, designed and will start implementing in different municipalities as the practicum component of their SRHR leadership training. This support would help the Action Plans reach a greater number of adolescents & youth with family planning information, increasing their knowledge and interest in their own reproductive lives & choices and those of their peers. 

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