National Youth Week kicked off on Sunday and promises a week of rewarding activities for adolescents. This year’s recognition of the youth in Belize is being held under the theme “Our Voice, Our Impact.” On Sunday, an Ecumenical Mass was held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, to commence the week and in the afternoon we caught up with Priscilla Salam, Sr. Youth Coordinator, Department of Youth Services for the Cayo District, who outlined the remaining activities slated for next coming days.
“For a community aspect of Youth Week we chose the Mae Gordon Park, to restore it. However, because this morning when we got up, it was raining! So we decided that if it rained during the day, we didn’t want to waste the paint. So we decided to reschedule that for Friday, and we’ll be teaming up with the Belmopan Comprehensive High School Environmental Club to do that project. On Tuesday we will be preparing for the “Belize Youth Awards” that will be happening in Belize City, at the Bliss Centre for Performing Arts. We have several nominees from Belmopan and surrounding areas, as well as from San Ignacio and Benque.”
Those selected nominees will be honored on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, the Department intends to bridge the gap between the young and old, in a sit-down discussion. Priscilla Salam explains.
Ms. Priscila Salam:
“On Thursday, we’ll be having a discussion with the elders and the youths at the Help Age Center in Belmopan. The theme for that day is “Bridging the Gap between the Youth and the Old” because as you know the old, they are very wise and had many experiences and we’d like them to share of how they can either make better of themselves, prevent them from making the same mistakes they made and educate them, you know? We’ll be having that at the Help Age Center from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. On Thursday night, we’ll be having an open mike competition at the George Price Center. It’s free admission to anyone who is interested. There are poets, singers, they can come and register. We still have spaces available at our office. They can call 802 21 04 or 605 01 95 to register”.
Persons wishing to register can contact the Department at 802-2104 or 605-0195. On Friday, the Department will also be hosting a Business Mixer in Belize City, where four deserving youth from within the Entrepreneurship Club will be awarded with gift items to assist in their business endeavors. The week ends with a Football and Basketball Marathon at the Mae Gordon Park on Saturday. Games begin at 9:00am.