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Sep 3, 2012

Belizean students join U.S. Youth Ambassador Program

Thirteen Belizean High School students will spend the next three weeks in the US as part of a Youth Ambassador program, sponsored by the US Department of State. The exchange program, which is implemented by Partners of the Americas, started in 2002 and is open to youths from the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The six males and seven females that will represent Belize are from a wide cross section of schools and ethnicities and they were selected by a panel from Partners of the Americas. One of the main requirements was that each student must be involved in a youth group or community development program since their itinerary includes community service. The mentors accompanying them also had to apply and meet certain criteria. But now that the selection process is complete, News Five found the group in one last orientation session before they leave the Jewel on Tuesday.

 

Guadalupe Novelo Gillett, Mentor, Youth Ambassadors 2012

Guadalupe Novelo Gillett

“The program is basically a youth exchange with Partners of America that’s fully supported by the US Embassy and it’s an educational and cultural exchange where our young people will go over there and exchange or share our culture, our education and they will share theirs with our students. It focuses heavily on leadership skills, where they will develop leadership qualities, capacity building, they will be working on a lot of community projects and one of the main responsibilities on their return is to decide on a community project that they the youths will implement on their return.”

 

Rayven Gentle

Rayven Gentle, Student, Ladyville Technical High School

“I’m a little nervous, I’m happy, I’m thrilled. There’s just a lot of feelings; I just can’t express myself.”

 

Delanie Bain

“So what kind of expectations do you have for while you all are away in the US?”

 

Rayven Gentle

“Well, I expect to see a lot of educational sites, to hopefully meet the mayor and just a lot of educational tours and stuff like that.”

 

Michal Welch

Michal Welch, Student, Sadie Vernon Technical High School

“I feel very great that I have the privilege to go and represent my country Belize in Washington and Tennessee and also I’d like to represent my school Sadie Vernon since we have two more of our students going to the United States as well on scholarship to study at the different universities and colleges so it is great stuff.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So you’ve seen the agenda; any particular activities that you’re looking forward to?”

 

Michal Welch

“I’m looking forward to meet the mayor of Tennessee.”

 

Dominique Norales

Dominique Norales, Student, St. Catherine Academy

“I’m looking forward to a lot of things; I’m looking forward to visit the jail and the women’s department, I’m looking forward to going to the aquarium so yeah, I’m really looking forward to that one.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So what are you hoping to take away from this whole experience?”

 

Dominique Welch

“I’m looking to take away the leadership skills that we will be thought, the entrepreneur skills and just bring back a project that will in fact help and be sustainable to help the youth of Belize.”

 

Zulmy Babb

Zulmy Babb, Student, Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School

“We are going to visit the hospitals and while visiting the hospital—one of my goals is to be a doctor and while visit that hospital maybe I could experience knowledge, gain something so that I can learn and just have a beautiful experience.”

 

While the students are away from the classroom, their teachers have agreed to send their notes and assignments electronically. A group of ten Youth Ambassadors that visited from the US, left Belize on August fourteenth.

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  1. Bear says:

    Hopefully some of these young people will take this as the first step on the path to becoming honest future leaders of the Jewel, to chart a new course along modern and democratic lines.

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