Belize Active Youth Launches Drug Awareness Campaign at Independence Park

vlcsnap-2014-02-27-18h10m40s8It was a relatively hot day in the City of Belmopan, nevertheless, that was no deterrent for dozens  of  High School youths who gathered at the Independence Park for BAY’s youth rally drug awareness campaign. President of Belmopan Active Youths Anna Banner Guy told about the day’s event.

vlcsnap-2014-02-27-18h09m32s38Ms. Anna Banner Guy- Founder and Director of the Belmopan Active Youth

“The Belmopan Active Youths have a mandate and among that, it includes really to divert all ah we youths from drugs.  We realize during some work in this same very park that this park is not being used for what it was intended to be used initially.  Just coming out here on any given Saturday morning, you will have young people doing everything else other than what the park was intended for them to use.  So, we are trying to promote the opposite to that and encourage the youths on their ways that they can use their skills, talents and they don’t have to use drugs at all”.

The event was carried out under the slogan “Count on Me to Be Drug Free” which was decided through a poster and slogan competition. Today, the top three finalists of that competition were honored at the rally.

vlcsnap-2014-02-27-20h35m08s184Ms. Anna Banner Guy:  “These young people that you see on the stage are people who actually took their time and tried to get involved in the community.  One of the ways that they have done this, besides doing community projects, is entering into the poster and slogan competition.  So, we have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the poster and slogan competition“.

The campaign for drug awareness was sponsored by the Belmopan City Council and the US Embassy.

In other worthy news, the Belmopan Active Youths kicks off its Basketball tournament tomorrow, President Guy tells us more.

vlcsnap-2014-02-27-20h37m08s135Ms. Anna Banner Guy:  “Our basketball tournament which is launching tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m..  So, all of you, please come out.  We will have  the official opening ceremonies and then the games start right after that.  So, we are asking the entire community to come out and support these youths; it’s about eighty of them with about six different teams, and they are very excited about it”.

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