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Oct 3, 2014

Speaks About Visit to National Youth Cadet Corps

John Feely

On Thursday evening, upon his departure from the Leo Bradley Library, Feely visited the National Youth Cadet Corp on the George Price Highway where he met with a number of at-risk youths who are currently enrolled in the program.  He discussed the experience of seeing firsthand the intervention being used to improve the lives of the youths.

 

John Feely, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. State Department

“What I saw there, I saw the potential of this country.  I saw young men in the National Youth Cadet Program who were at a very delicate and determinative stage in their young lives and they were being given discipline, they were being given care, they were being given education in a structured setting that allows them to become productive young adults.  It’s so important that Belize continues to do what it is doing which is to focus on educating and caring for its young people.  It’s such a cliché to say young people are the future of our country; it is so important when you see how informed and caring adults dedicate themselves to the training of these young minds. The library was simply a marvelous facility and I was very proud to see that we will soon have an education U.S.A. corner in there; that is a place, a physical space where through both internet connections and the information and resources, young Belizeans could learn about studying in the United States, which is something that we absolutely welcome. And I hope that we could develop through a program that we have called a hundred thousand strong in the Americas that we can develop partnerships in Belize that will increase the number of young Belizeans who go to the States to study and vice versa; young Americans who can come here to Belize to learn about Belize’s rich, multicultural heritage; to learn about the commercial opportunity in Belize and education U.S.A. is a good way to start that.”

 

Feely departs Belize over the weekend.

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