Monday, July 7, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Department of Youth Services has handed over audio-visual equipment to partner GoBelize.
The group is based in Belmopan, to assist in training hundreds of youth leaders countrywide in the issue of youth empowerment, with special emphasis on sexual and reproductive health issues, self-esteem issues, STI and HIV prevention.
The manager of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit at the Department, Eckert Middleton says the equipment will be used to further its programs with young people, whom he says prefer visual means of receiving information as important as what they share, and to do so they must be concise and to the point.
Omar Rodriguez, training manager for GoBelize and the GoJoven program, tells us that the program mainly deals with out-of-school youth around the country.
Youths in school are separately trained from an initial cadre of youth leaders.
The equipment is valued at $3,200.
A press release from the Department says that the overall goal is to reduce the risk of HIV and other STD’s infections among unattached young people.
The training, which began in 2010 and continues into 2015, has a total target of 1200, young people between the ages of 11 to 24 per year.
Funding for the equipment was provided by Global Fund through UNDP as part of the Global Fund round 9 grant.
The youth focus is linked to the National AIDS Commission 2012 to 2016 National Strategic Plan to end new HIV infections.
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