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Honoring our Youth: Tricia Gideon wins Belize Youth Leadership Award Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Hon. Herman Longsworth with Youth Award WinnersThe Youth for the Future now holds an annual award ceremony in which it highlights the achievements of distinguished Belizean youths. This year’s Belize Youth Awards was held at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, September 12th.


There were 9 award categories this year. Those are the Power to Women Award, I am Belize Citizenship Award, Arts and Culture Award, Youth in Media Award, Tertiary/Secondary School Club Award, Academic Excellence Award, Youth in Enterprise Award, Youth in Sports Award and the extremely prestigious Youth Minister’s Award for best youth leader.

Three individuals were nominated for the Minister’s Leadership Award. Third place went to David Alcantara of Cotton Tree Village. He is an engineering student at the University of Belize. He is a graduate of Edward P. Yorke High School and was a Peer Helper at the institution for two years. After graduating, he returned to E.P. Yorke as an advisor for the school’s Peer Helping Retreat. He also voluntarily tutors students in preparation for CXC. While at UB, he was the Director of Programming for the student government. Second place went to Wilfredo Petillo, Police Officer of Orange Walk Town. Petillo is a graduate of Muffles High School, who established a group of youth cadets from age 4 to 17 years of age. He uses this program to build discipline in participants and steer them away from trouble. Petillo has also been able to secure educational grants for needy children and organized sport programs and other community service initiatives during free time in an effort to keep them away from negative influences. The Youth Minister’s Leadership Award went to Tricia Gideon of Belize City. Gideon holds a Masters Degree in International Development Studies with a focus on Gender and Development. She is the Youth Representative on the Board of Directors of the YWCA. She organized a community service program in which 20 youths from across the city volunteers their time. Gideon also assisted in the organization of HIV/AIDS workshop for rural communities and a Conflict Resolution Workshop in Canada and Northern Ireland. She also facilitated a workshop in Zurich, Switzerland on YWCA Belize’s Beautician and Barbering Programme. Gideon also recently received the St. John’s College Alumni Association Outstanding recent Alumni Award.

In the other categories, Daisy Magana of Progresso Village, Corozal won the Power to Women Award. Steven Green of Independence Village, Stann Creek won the I am Belize Citizenship Award. Elvis Avila of Benque Viejo, Cayo won the Arts and Culture Award. Andrea Polanco of Channel 5 News won the Youth in Media Award. Corozal Community College Peer Helpers won the Tertiary/Secondary School Club Award. Jonas Sanchez of Belize City won the Academic Excellence Award. Julius Dennison of Belize City won the Youth in Enterprise Award and Kaina Martinez of Seine Bight Village, Toledo won the Youth in Sports Award.
Congratulations to all nominees!