CYDP’s National Juvenile Summit Print E-mail
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Written by By Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 16 July 2009 12:47

These are tough times to be a youth in Belize. The global economic crisis has had a serious effect on development in Belize; therefore, opportunities for young people have been stifled by efforts to stay afloat in these difficult times. And if economic hardship is not a strong enough oppressive spirit, add to it the emotional trauma from the fact that violence against and among young people has risen to a status at which children and young adults all over Belize City do not know if the day they are living is going to be their last.

The Government of Belize has been making strong efforts to ease the burden on the youths of Belize. They have done so by strongly supporting and funding institutions that cater for youth

development. The bulk of this administrations budget is geared towards youth development and education. One of the first things that the new administration did was to reinstate the Conscious Youth Development Program (CYDP).

Through the Ministry of National Security, CYDP hosted a two-day National Juvenile Summit on Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15, 2009, to bring together various institutions of society in an effort to develop a national plan of action. Edward Broaster, Director of CYDP, said, “There is no doubt that the only way we can solve the problems facing our young people is by working together.” He said that when everyone is invited to the table and allowed to have input, their spirits are energized.

The spirits of the masses have definitely got to be energized to combat the issues facing young people and all the pieces have got to be working together. The most important pieces of the puzzle are the youths and they were present at the summit in large numbers contributing to the suggestions put forward.

Represented at the National Juvenile Summit were Educators, Members of the Judiciary, Business Sector and the community. All these groups had a table and the youths were separated and sent to the different tables. During the Summit there were various activities in which the youths and the professionals took part in jointly. At the end of the Summit on Wednesday, each table presented a plan of action on how they can contribute to the development of youths in the country of Belize.
This summit is a part of Minister of National Security Hon. Carlos Perdomo’s solution to combat crime. He was at the opening of the summit and he reiterated what he had said many times before, “Crime is everybody’s business, so the Ministry of Education, Youth, Works, Youth for the Future, Social Departments, other NGO’s and citizens of this country must work together to take back our community from criminals.”