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The Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) is a multi-donor initiative that supports projects in Central America and Mexico that are led by youth, for the benefit of youth. Launched in 2014 by the Seattle International Foundation with support from Summit, the CAMY Fund gives young project leaders the tools they need to succeed – providing funding and technical assistance with project planning, budgeting, and evaluation of results. Current supported projects focus on girls’ equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights…. Read More »

GOJoven was launched in 2004 in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico and has trained over 350 young leaders aged 18-30 to act as catalysts for improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health choices, services, policies, and programs at the community, national, and regional levels. Run by the Public Health Institute (PHI) for nearly ten years, PHI began supporting a transition to alumni-led GOJovens in 2012. The local youth-led GOJoven associations have continued to grow and deepen their impact…. Read More »

Champion for family planning Ann Mitu in the doorway of a shop of Kangemi, Nairobi, on June 27, 2016

Right now, the largest generation of young people in history is in or approaching their reproductive years. Youth need information about their bodies and rights, as well as tools and support to make the decisions best for themselves and their circumstances.

The Youth Investment, Engagement, and Leadership Development (YIELD) Project report, Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal, finds that making this happen will require young people’s participation and leadership at every level in youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) initiatives—from ideation to implementation…. Read More »

This article examines intersections between schooling, child marriage, and adolescent pregnancy in a longitudinal, mixed-methods study of Honduran girls. It explores (a) girls’ enrollment and dropout of school patterns and how these relate to timing of marriage and/or childbirth, (b) the factors associated with dropout, early marriage, and/or early childbearing, and (c) reenrollment patterns after marriage/childbirth…. Read More »

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Eight mobility advocacy groups will receive a total of more than $700,000 supporting their work for sustainable and equitable transportation amid the mounting crises of systemic inequities and the coronavirus pandemic… Read More »

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Abriendo Oportunidades Strengthens Government Education Programming for Indigenous Girls in Guatemala  For over 15 years, Abriendo Oportunidades has partnered with national and local authorities to improve educational prospects for indigenous girls. In Guatemala, evidence and ongoing technical assistance have helped strengthen and expand the Ministry of Education’s alternative education programs for adolescents, ensuring they are… Read More »

Given all of the recent federal activity around transportation, we thought it would be useful to our friends and colleagues to summarize what we are hearing week to week. All of the recordings are available on YouTube with new updates every other week during the summer of 2020…. Read More »

The Summit Foundation is playing a leadership role in convening funders for climate, health, equity and community around the banner of sustainable transportation…. Read More »

In Guatemala, 1,500 underage girls are married every day. Mayra Maquin Pop was one of them. Because of her forced marriage, she could not graduate from school, and was constantly denied opportunities. But she stood up and got help from FUNDAECO. Now that’s she’s free, she is helping educate the next generation about their fundamental… Read More »

Guatemala has an epidemic of underage pregnancy so severe that a quarter of all children are born to adolescent mothers. With this comes lack of education, economic limitation, and abuse. The solution lies with education and with GoJoven, an organization advocating for adolescent reproductive health. They use grassroots organizing to advocate for changes to Guatemala’s… Read More »