Belizean Youth Ambassadors return from Washington, D.C. Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Nine Belizean Youth Ambassadors from various districts, along with their mentor Dr. Golda Mejia, have returned from their three-week long visit to the United States. While there, the young ambassadors met with their colleagues from El Salvador and Honduras and visited Washington D.C., Idaho, and Alabama where they were immersed in three very different cultural experiences. According to the young ambassadors, for most of them it was their first time in the United States and while it was a new experience, the combination of work and fun made the experience a worthwhile one.

During the three-weeks, the students participated in activities which focused on community development, environment, and entrepreneurship. While their skills and knowledge are enhanced, the workshops also prepared them for a life of leadership and service. Aside from these and other workshops, the participants were given downtime to interact with their Salvadoran, Honduran, and American associates.

As part of their responsibility as youth ambassadors, they are responsible to execute a project in their community. Alexis Guy, Youth Ambassador, details this project. “In Washington, D.C., we went to a place called Wider Circle. They distribute clothing to those that may need clothing for job interviews and also good furniture for their homes and stuff like that. So our project is basically to alleviate poverty – I know it sounds like something big but we can all do something. And it starts with something as basic as education. We can offer after-school tutoring within our school communities since we are from different districts, and we can also get other students to volunteer to help with the tutoring after school. As well as we can ask for donations from companies for food, clothing, monetary donations, whatever it is, to help those in the rural areas that may be in need.”

Each ambassador will see their project through in their own district but can depend on their mentor when necessary. According to Dr. Mejia, it was her first time acting in the capacity of mentor in this program but she has worked with youths before and adjusted well with the students while away.