The “Reducing Youth Involvement in Crime and Violence through Education and Economic Development in the Belize District” Project
Sponsored by the US Embassy in Belize, this project is geared towards reducing the vulnerability of at risk youth and their parents in the Belize District by building capacity through the implementation of educational programs and activities that will impact the well-being of all. The project will involve the participation of 60 young people from the three targeted communities of: Gales Point, Hattieville and Southside Belize City. Primarily the project will target youth who meet one or more of the following criteria: out-of-school, unemployed and teenage mothers.
The main components of the project are: Skills Training, Education, Marketing and Capacity Building. The Skills training includes the following: Bamboo Craft, Cultural Dance and Theatre, Drumming and Personal Development. The skills training will be designed with a market focus in order to ensure that it results in high quality products which are marketable. Collaboration with community leaders is a key strategy in the implementation and will involve partnerships with community leaders. This will involve training in project management and strategic planning and information sharing.
A marketing plan will be developed to support the marketing of projects developed under the project. It is expected that each community will be able to develop product or products which can be marketed collectively and individually. The NKC will facilitate the implementation of the marketing plan.
This project is expected to give the following results: reduced participation in crime among the participants, increased agency collaboration and improved livelihoods in the targeted communities. The project will be completed in September 2014.