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Jul 5, 2018

Healthy Living: New, Fun Skills for Everyone to Learn for the Summer at the YWCA

If you’re a little late in finding activities for your children this summer then listen up. Tonight in Healthy Living, we find out more about what’s being offered at the YWCA for children of all ages so you can be sure they learn some new, fun skills for the summer.


Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

School is out! There are summer programmes being hosted all over the country. We found out what the YWCA has lined up for the kids this summer.


Deanna Gomez-Peyrefitte

Deanna Gomez-Peyrefitte, General Secretary, YWCA Belize

“I absolutely believe that children should be put in some constructive activity for the summer that is fun so I encourage parents to engage your children.”


General Secretary of the YWCA, Deanna Gomez-Peyrefitte, explains that the summer programmes they offer focus on skill-building and fun but they are also very structured.


Deanna Gomez-Peyrefitte

“Eight months of schooling is fun but make sure during the summer they are doing things that are fun and they are learning. A rounded education is really the best for the children.  Your children will come and there is a curriculum in place. So it’s not that your children will come and we try to figure out what we are going to do. All of our programmes have ac curriculum that have been submitted we have our preschool teachers that volunteer for the summer. But there will be a lead facilitator as well as a volunteer. So day by day we know what’s going to happen.”


Joevannie Collins

The lineup of summer programmes at the YWCA caters to all ages as the YWCA’s Project Coordinator explains.


Joevannie Collins, Project Coordinator

“We have for the little ones, the pre teens and the teens. Behind me right now we have the swimming programme. In this programme we cater to all ages from three years old all the way to ninety-nine. For the primary school children the can cleaned take part in the dance class, arts and crafts we have karate. We also have computer sessions. Other than that the teens can come and learn to cook. We have a cake and party class, a cooking class and a cosmetology course. Other than that we have a lot going on. We even cater for the working class – the adult- we have a fitness programme which kicks off next week. We have a science club and this one is my favorite. I’m a science person.  When they come we can experience the things that they offer can be fun. How to make slime, how to make volcano from scratch or how to make a lung module is something they will take in school and which parent wouldn’t want their child to come here learn it and then go back to school and master it and get a hundred.”

Marleni Cuellar

“Is there anything else for the little ones?”


Jeovannie Collins

“Of course, we know that school is out and sometimes we have families who are quite small and they don’t have anyone to watch the children. So we have day care programme happening. We also have a preschool prepping programme that we have developed recently to get the babies ready for preschool.”


The two week summer programmemes are all in the range of forty to fifty dollars. The funds generated support the work of the organization.


Deanna Gomez-Peyrefitte

“This is how the YWCA makes it money to maintain what it has to doddering the summer time. So the summer courses pay for our expenses it helps with all our programmes.   Keep in mind our preschool is out for the summer our HELP programme is out for the summer an all of our main fundraisers would have passed. So we keep ourselves active. So we’re not just offering a service to the public but it also helps to pay for what we are doing.  You can come not only come to register for summer but also for the Helping Early Leavers Programme which caters to thirteen to eighteen year olds – girls who want to learn a skill or who didn’t make enough to go to high school or who just don’t want to go to a high school and of course our pre-school programme.”


If you’re only interested in summer activities, there’s still time to get your child enrolled.


Jeovannie Collins

“Most of these programmes are happening next week; there is still room to register at our main office. If you can’t come in we can send you an email with the forms and you can fill them out and then you come in and make your payments and you’re enrolled.”

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