The Department of Youth Services (DYS), under the Ministry of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, hereby announces the official opening of the Belize National Youth Training Institutes, a newly formed service shaped through the amalgamation of the Frank Lizama Training Institute, Gateway Youth Center, the Belize Youth Cadet Corps and the National 4-H Youth Development Center.

With an announcement of 160+ applicants to begin the first cohort, the Belize National Youth Training Institutes launched its official orientation today, September 27, 2021. These institutes will be subdivided into four regions across the country, two of which are currently open.

- Central Location: formerly Youth Cadet Corps campus - Mile 21 George Price Highway

- Western Location: formerly National 4-H Youth Development Center - Belmopan

Kevin Cadle, acting director of DYS, shared, "The Belize National Youth Training Institutes are geared towards ensuring that young people have adequate skills and abilities."

Youth ages 14 to 29 will be able to enter the program and have access to services that will develop their skillsets in areas of front desk customer service, barbering, tourism, and agriculture, accompanied by three core subjects of literacy, math and financial literacy. Two enrichment courses have also been included, namely life skills and sports. Hon. Kevin Bernard, Minister of Youth, shared that the end goal is to ensure that everyone in the program becomes employable.