Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2022. 1:59 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Inspiration Arts, a grassroots organization geared towards providing educational support for marginalized students, has joined with the Port Loyola Organization for Women (PLOW) and with support from the Inter-American Development Bank, opened a resource Center on Kraal Road Belize City.
The center officially opened today with 12 laptops provided by the IDB, with PLOW providing the space.
Co-Founder of Inspiration, Arts Brian Dena, said that opening the resource center was a difficult journey from the usual initiatives that the organization holds such as hair cut drives, and school bag drive for back to school, but that it was a labour of love for the organization as the youths in the area need a safe place where they can get their work done.
“It’s not at the magnitude we would want,” Dena said, “but just watch, with these 12 laptops we’ll be able to touch a thousand people.”
Dena said that the center is currently working on setting up a rotation schedule so that primary school and high school students have equal access to the resources that the center provides, which also includes assistance with homework and research.
Edmond Staine, co-founder and current Executive Director of Inspiration Arts, said that the organization will be working with schools in the area so that students that need the assistance are connected with the center. He went on to say that the opening of the center is just the beginning. Plans are currently being drafted for the center to offer skills training for adults from within the community, to allow them to either be more viable within the job market or start working for themselves. Staine stresses though that the primary focus had to be on the students because he knows the struggle of not having access to needed resources.
“Especially not that violence is wailing on young people, it’s good for them to have something in their own area, where they can come and have access to these resources so they can compete at school,” Staine said. “We want to open this resource center to the point where people can come to learn to do videography, programming, computer repair. We have personnel to be able to do that. Also, we have some parents that want to apply for a job, they need a job letter, they need a resume, but they don’t have the resources at home, they can come here and they’ll have someone to guide them through that process as well.”
Those wishing to support the initiative can reach out to Staine via Facebook.
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