Sunday, July 27, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The future is now for 30 youth leaders from around Belize, who this weekend in Santa Elena Town underwent special training to prepare to become effective leaders in their respective communities.
The young men and women who traveled to the weekend event will, at the end of the training, serve as the “eyes and ears” of the two appointed CARICOM Youth Ambassadors to Belize, promoting special projects and leading the local-level discussions on issues affecting youth.
One of those two CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, Tarun Butcher, explained that at the end of the two-day conference held at Santa Elena’s Aguada Hotel, the youths shall be expected to show confidence in themselves, to be able to speak up and stand up for what they believe in and not be afraid to advocate – in short, being responsible and not followers.
Facilitator of the two-day workshop Sandra Diaz-Cadle, in an interview, explained that the goal is to empower the young people so that they will be expected to work with each other and with the Department of Youth Services to organize their fellow young people on matters of interest to them and will meet once a month with the youth ambassadors to map out a strategy and plan of action.
The participants were recommended by the Department on the basis of prior experience working with youth on the local level in community youth groups and that work is expected to continue.
Already, one of their key complaints – that there is not enough of a platform for youths to articulate their special problems to the rest of society – is being addressed.
Others that were on the agenda include crime and police response, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, economic development and leadership development.
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