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Sep 1, 2014

Motivating Youths of Belize Organize Street Play

A group of Belize City youths are joining efforts to put off a six-month project focusing on social issues affecting teenagers. The list is long and includes teenage pregnancy, police brutality, crime and violence. Motivating Youths of Belize has partnered with the Department of Youth Services for the initiative that started this past Friday in Dangriga. President, Rakeem Dawson, came to News Five studio today to speak to us about the project.


Rakeem Dawson, President, Motivating Youths of Belize

“It’s a street play that we did in downtown Dangriga last firady. The street play is depicting social issues such as domestic violence, police brutality, teenage pregnancy and also STIs affecting young people. The play is primarily young people, all members of motivated youths of Belize along with the Department of Youth Services. We did the play in Dangriga…we did three plays in Dangriga and it is a countrywide play. Next stop is Corozal in November. Motivating Youths of Belize is a community service-based youth group, community service hours for school and right now we are on a campaign for the Department of Youth Service, the (SRH) Sexual Reproductive and Health unit there to help find a strategy to at least minimize sexual health domestic violence and also teenage pregnancy.”


Duane Moody

Rakeem Dawson

“How many persons are currently in the group and with this play, this initiative, have you found that people are receptive—youths as well as the general public—receptive to what you guys are doing and the message that you are sending across?”


Rakeem Dawson

“Yes sir. In Dangriga, I must say that the audience down there it is so warm. I actually had to intervene in the videos because it was so surreal that one member of the public actually tried to intervene to stop one of the fights.”


The next stop for the street play is Corozal. 

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