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Jacinto, youth advisory panel alumni

Meet Plan International Global Youth Advisory Panel (GYAP) alumni Jacinto, aged 24, from El Salvador. After his work with the GYAP he now works for Plan International El Salvador as Community Facilitator. 

What are you passionate about?

I am the third of 7 brothers in my family and I enjoy many things - especially enforcing my rights and the rights of young people and others. It has always been a fascination for me that children, adolescents and young people know about their rights and how to demand and promote them.

That's why I like to train in different issues that are important to the development of people. Sometimes children, adolescents and young people are the most vulnerable or marginalised. How do we suppose that they will be the future leaders for this planet?

What do you enjoy about working with GYAP?

I enjoy every face-to-face meeting with the members of the panel, as well as virtual meetings.

Being able to represent the young people in El Salvador and Americas is a unique experience. For me, it is the best place where you can participate and raise the voice of young people.

Plan International has the challenge to include the voices of children, adolescents and young people in their programmes and projects. This is in order to give more legitimacy to the organisation and I think we are slowly doing this.

Why is GYAP important?

The GYAP is really important because it is a way to ensure the voices of young people and their participation in the governance of Plan International.

I'm finally happy with the way the organisation is involving young people in the governance of the organisation and especially allowing participation in the different structures where decisions are made.