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Ivonne Elena Miranda

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Ivonne Elena Miranda - 2017 Winner
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)
Ivonne Miranda is a psychologist and trainer, with an undergraduate and a master's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Education from the Catholic University of Honduras. She is a young woman of Garifuna ethnicity who still speaks her native language. Ivonne currently resides in her native Santa Fe, department of Colón, Honduras, where she trains local young leaders on sexual and reproductive health issues from a human rights perspective for the project "Together Preventing Pregnancy in Adolescents in Honduras," implemented by Asociación GOJoven Honduras. As a GOJoven Alumni Fellow in Honduras, Ivonne is an active founding member of Asociación GOJoven Honduras alongside other young Honduran leaders trained by the GOJoven International Program, who came together to create their own youth-led, youth-serving AYRSH organization in 2014. As a young leader in her community, she was selected for the GOJoven Fellowship in 2009 at the age of 25. Ivonne has also worked as a psychologist for nearly six years providing individual mental health counseling to adolescents at the Hospital Dr. Salvador Paredes Adolescent Health Center in Trujillo, Honduras, where she integrated sexual and reproductive health education and services into the Center’s work, as well as into her own counseling. In the future, Ivonne wants to continue training young people in family planning issues, advising them about their sexual and reproductive rights, as she believes an empowered and informed young person is guaranteed to be more committed to being a change agent for him/herself and others.
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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