Saturday, May 30th 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The Belize Youth Leadership Forum kicked off today at the Gateway Youth Center, bringing over 120 youth leaders and adult leaders from around the country together to address key issues affecting youths, and to begin reaching important solutions.
Among the topics spoken about were migration, jobs, crime, citizen participation, and education.
The format of the event will get youths talking directly to each other and to adults serving as moderators who are already in positions of leadership, including Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, PUP representative Dolores Balderamos Garcia and Minister of State for Youth and Sports Herman Longsworth, who said his appearance today is an indication of the Ministry’s commitment to Belizean youth.
According to the Minister, his Ministry focuses on establishing the policies that will help youth succeed, but their input is important in establishing that success in all fora.
The Minister also called for greater youth participation in politics, saying that the political parties need new blood and new ideas. He stated that rather than allowing themselves to be “used” by the parties, youth should set those parties’ agendas.
According to organizer Andrew Munnings of Guidelight Productions, the proposals coming out of today’s event will be collated and presented and there will be a follow-up conference in November to check progress.
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