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#416165 - 09/14/11 09:29 AM Positive Youths Recognized
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Too often, the news is about wayward youths who've engaged in illegal activity. But to sort of balance things out, today the Ministry of Education & Youth along with Youth for the Future held the Belize Youth Awards. 20 young people from across the country who have had positive impact on their peers and in their communities received awards. We found out more:

Christine Smith, Director, Youth for the Future
"Its young people who have been doing positive within their communities. They are honored in 13 different categories; youth and sports, youth and media and entrepreneurship, youth and environment, person who is living with disability, the pay setters' award, and the youth ministers award. As part of the media Jules you know what we see about young people are not the positives. We see all the negatives but the truth is the percentage of you people who are doing wrong in the community is very small. But yet the focus is always on them. This is a way of shifting the focus to the group that is actually doing the positives and recognizing them for the roll that they are playing in contribution to the development of their communities and the country. What we have to realize is that in any society you will have good and bad and we have to put more effort on recognizing the good and if we can encourage young people to step up and be a part of the good that is in their society and take responsibility, because Belize is not just for the adults, it's for the young people as well and they have to start contributing from the onset because they are not going to be positive citizens if they are not putting it into practice during their teenage years".

And from the youths to the leaders, when we come back we'll tell you why Manuel Esquivel, Said Musa and Dean Barrow are all going to be sitting down together tomorrow night.

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#416171 - 09/14/11 09:39 AM Re: Positive Youths Recognized [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy

13 individuals recognized at Belize Youth Awards

There’s some positive news to report tonight. A group of thirteen young men and women were bestowed with the prestigious youth awards at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. They were joined by their peers and families for the happy occasion. The awards are in recognition of their high standards of achievement in different fields. The Ministry of Education spearheads the annual event which coincides with the national day celebrations. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

Thirteen persons between the ages of fifteen and twenty-nine were recognized today for making a positive difference in their communities at a time when many of Belize’s youths have turned to a life of crime. Youth for the Future Director, Christine Smith, explains the objective of the Belize Youth Awards.

Christine Smith

Christine Smith, Director, Youth for the Future

“The you awards is a platform for providing positive reinforcement for the achievements of our youth. It is an award that recognizes the countless positive interactions of our youth in areas of sports, academia, arts and culture, entrepreneurship etcetera. The Youth Award also serves as a beacon of hope for those who are struggling to find themselves in society by placing up to them their peers as role models.”

One of the most admirable awardees was Kelita Flota, a high school student of Orange Walk who has overcome many obstacles while living with Cerebral Palsy.

Arlette Gomez

Arlette Gomez, Information Officer, Ministry of Education & Youth

“She experiences a range of emotions from day to today; however, Kelita strives to be included in her community even though she has difficulty walking, speaking and getting dressed. Despite her shortcomings, her dream is to study computer technology and inspire others to accomplish their dreams against all odds.”

David Leacock

David Leacock, C.E.O., Ministry of Education & Youth

“Never give up. Let no one or nothing stand in the way of your dreams. Let no one put you down and if they do, take it as a challenge and use it as motivation to prove to yourself and them that you can achieve what you set out to achieve.”

And according to Smith, the awards also set the stage for improved youth services.

Christine Smith

“The Belize Youth Award implores us as youth service providers to look at the opportunities that we have made available for our youth and ensure that we position ourselves to provide them with increase opportunities for positive use of time, positive self expression for youth participation and civic engagement. The past year, the international year of youth, has been a pivotal one for youths in Belize. It has seen participation of a record number of youth in sporting activities, drama, art and culture and civic engagement.”

Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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