Monica Valdez Gonzalez is the Director of Research and Studies at the Mexican Institute of Youth (IMJUVE), part of the Mexican Secretariat of Social Development (SEDESOL). With degrees in Sociology from the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) and On-Line/Off-Line Edition from the University Ouberta in Catalunya, Monica has experience working as a consultant for the Ibero-American Youth Organization (OIJ) teaching various courses on public policy, planning and youth. From 1996 to early 2007, Monica served as the Deputy Director of Investigation at the Center for Investigation and Youth Studies (CIEJ) and editor of “JOVENes,” a magazine from the Mexican Institute of Youth (IMJ). Recent positions Monica has held prior to her current position at IMJUVE include acting as a Coordinator of the expansion area at the Center for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity (CEAMEG) of the House of Representatives as well as a Researcher at UNAM’s Seminar for Youth Investigation. In addition, Monica has worked in the formulation and edition of various works on the youth sector, including serving as an Executive Coordinator for the National Youth Surveys of 2000 and 2005 and helping develop the book, Teorías Sobre la Juventud (Theories About the Youth).
This presentation was presented during CDDRL's Program on Poverty and Governance's 2015 conference, "Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence." The conference was held on April 28-29, 2015, at Stanford University.
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