MTV Latin America Honors Our Youth Advocate from Panama as an "Agent of Change"
Mia Mazer, Media and Communications Intern
Last month, MTV Latin America, Bayer, the Latin American Center for Health and Women, and IPPF/WHR joined forces to launch the "Agents of Change" contest to mark World Contraception Day. Under the slogan "Your Future. Your Choice. Your Contraceptives. " Latin American youth were called upon to share their initiatives on sexual and reproductive health aimed at changing high rates of teen pregnancy and inspiring positive change in their communities. Three young people were selected to be featured in television spots that will be aired on MTV Latin America, and one of the winners is our very own youth advocate, Juan Lu!
Juan Lu is the coordinator of "Youth with Options," a program at our Member Association in Panama, the Panamanian Association for Family Planning (APLAFA). He has been involved in the struggle for sexual and reproductive rights in Panama since he was 16 years old, which is when joined APLAFA's Youth Network for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and the organization "Manos Unidas." Since then Juan Lu has been a youth advocate with the Mesoamerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and a consultative advisor for "Manos Unidas." In 2011, Juan Lu became the National Youth Coordinator at APLAFA and the coordinator of "Youth with Options."
"Youth with Options" provides youth-led educational services, such as conferences, workshops, and courses on basic sexual and reproductive health. Juan Lu explains, "The purpose of this program is to provide answers to the concerns of adolescents, tear down taboos, teach them to develop a life plan, prevent risky behaviors, and guide them to exercise their sexuality responsibly."
Two other "Agents of Change" winners were chosen by MTV Latin America: Sofía Ganem and Tonatiuh Navarro Caballero, who work respectively with "Sex Radio Ado" of Argentina and "RDfine" of Mexico. "Radio Sex Ado" is a radio program produced by and for Argentinean youth to educate them about sexual health, risk reduction, and where they can access services. "RDfine" trains Mexican youth to become advocates and leaders by holding workshops and forums on sexual and reproductive health and rights in various cities throughout Mexico.
Congratulations to Juan, Sofía, and Tonatiuh for winning MTV Latin America's "Agents of Change" contest! Check out the short, preview clips of their television spots below, and visit our website on September 26, World Contraception Day, to view the full-length spots.
Juan Lu (Panama): "Juventudes con Opciones"
Sofía Ganem (Argentina): "Radio Sex Ado"
Tonatiuh Navarro Caballero (Mexico): "RDfine"