Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Chrisbert Garcia reporting: On Friday, October 16, Plenty Belize, which is a non-governmental organization, and the Punta Gorda Town Council (PGTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a youth program called “Plenty Fun, Plenty Voice, Plenty Safe.”
This program will help children and youth from disadvantaged areas of PG benefit from football and anti-abuse training activities, as alternatives that diminish risks to their well-being and development. It will also foster their protection and strengthen their resilience.
It will train 120 young persons under the age of 13, on abuse, good touch/bad touch, leadership, life-skills, conflict management and anti-bullying. It will also educate attendants of the games about positive parenting, nutrition, education and health.
To accommodate this project, the PGTC has effectively been setting up safe areas for 10 teams to learn and practice football skills. This program, funded by UNICEF, will also train two coaches per team and 20 referees and linesmen, on positive coaching methods.
Since the PGTC staff will be required to assist with this program, they will participate in capacity building seminars. This program is to feature mixed gender football teams.
Mark Miller of Plenty Belize told Belize Media Group that this program is necessary in PG and will focus on assisting the at risk youth of that municipality.
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