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Northern Illinois University lecturers call on Minister Herman Longsworth Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

herman.jpg - 47.40 KbThe Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with direct responsibilities for youth and sports, on Wednesday March 12, 2014, received in his Belize City office, four lecturers from Northern Illinois University, which included Programme Coordinator Dr. Paul Wright, Dr. James Ressler (Sports Education Model expert), Dr. Jin Jung (TPSR Model Expert) and Dr. William Pitney (Athletic Trainer) along with Ph.D candidate Jenn Jacobs, and Mr. Rob Castañeda, Beyond the Ball founder and coordinator.

The US team is a part of the Belizean Youth Sport Coalition which has as its theme “Using Sport to Promote Social Change”. The purpose of the Belizean Youth Sport Coalition is to increase the extent to which youth sport programmes promote youth development and social change. The programme will help develop member organisations in the development and implementation of action plans to transform their programmes into social settings that not only provide an alternative to anti-social behavior, but empower youth and teach them skills they can use to contribute to a more stable and inclusive community.
The programme in its first year will train and certify 40 adults and 10 youth (15-18 years) as youth coaches.

Those trained in the programme will be exposed to evidence-based strategies to foster leadership, responsibility, teamwork, healthy living, and self-discipline. 

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