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“Make a dream work with team work”, that is the theme for this year’s Youth Week scheduled from November 29th to December 6th 2015.


As mentioned last night, Youth Week offers our younger generation an opportunity to express their ideas and views and act on issues that affect their daily lives.


While the week offers youths and opportunity for their voices to be heard, what about those who have no voice? This is what we should think about during Youth Week, says Licia Castillo, Counselor at Technical High School.


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“The minute I start see a youth in a negative life we have lost, we have to think that there is still hope; you walk the streets, you ride the streets and you notice that we have a lot of young people on the streets who are not going to school, who are involved in gangs and who are involved in drugs and really and truly we have a lot of lost teenagers out there, we need to see what we can do for them and for the smaller kids to encourage them to realize that there isn’t what we want them to be, so during youth week we big up the ones that are working towards a future but we also need to bring in the other ones who have lost their sense of purpose and direction.”


Young people, youth service providers, educators and researchers agree that parents’ actions and attitudes have major impacts on young people’s development. This is why it is important to involve parents as partners for youth development.


Licia Castillo Counselor Technical High


“Parents, please we need to try to be more positive role models for our children we are the first ones they come in contact with so we need to be able to nurture them and  guide them in the right direction for our youths out there you know we have to stop believing that we are victims of the things that had happened and start believing that we are survivors and that better things can happen but that nothing good comes easy and staying in school is not easy work, finding a good and an honest job is not easy work so nothing good comes easy and we really have to do a lot of sacrifice and they have to do the same so that they can have a better future.”


Seventy percent of Belize’s population is formed by youths.

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