Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020. 6:09 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy in Belize is featuring Alumni of Exchange programs by the US State Department.
For the month of October, Alumn Stephen Diaz was chosen for the Public Affairs alumni spotlight.
He is an activist and educator who has worked with the Ministry of Human Development and other organizations to tackle HIV, homophobia, gender-based violence and inequality, and to protect civil and political rights.
Stephen is a 2016 alumni of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) where he was able to network with other individuals establishing invaluable connections and learn about the structure and establishment of the organization he was placed at in Huntsville Alabama gaining important skills and experience.
He was later able to work on a collaborative venture with his supervisor from this organization.
He is currently the executive director of Belize Youth Empowerment for Change (BYEC) which was founded in 2012 to work on issues advocating against gender-based violence, trafficking, and crime, as well as providing health assistance and increasing knowledge and capacity building in various communities, and the empowerment of young persons in Belize.
BYEC has been involved with programs that assist girls and women with small business startups and skill-building, worked with COC Netherlands to bridge the gap in health and rights for vulnerable populations, as well as addressing issues concerning SOGI and collaborating with other local and international partners such as the UNDP.
Stephen is committed to having a positive impact in his community and urges anyone who is interested in supporting or volunteering to learn more at Belize Youth Empowerment for Change.
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