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Jul 14, 2009

1st National Juvenile Summit on crime and delinquency

Story PictureThe Conscious Youth Development Program in Belize City is holding a two-day seminar under the theme: “Their Children: Let’s Raise Them Together.” Today, representatives from twenty-one youth enhancement agencies in the country joined by several youths converged at the Radisson Fort George for the first national juvenile summit on crime and delinquency. The goal of the summit is to provide a link between all agencies that can make a difference in the life of Belizean youths and come up with policies to submit to central government that could eventually decrease the number of youths involved in crimes. Researcher, Carolyn Genitty, spoke more on the source of juvenile delinquency and how we can help.

Carolyn Genitty, Researcher
“Ninety percent of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are three. And in a family preservation training that the Ministry of Human Development and Social transformation had, we were talking a lot about it because we have young people having kids. And they hit the other one they you go that so cute watch pan ah already. Ih knock yuh? Go knock ah back. We foster these behaviours very early. So imagine zero to three, they’ve already learnt these behaviours. Now dah when ih start to embarrass we, then we wahn seh bwai shet up no do deh thing deh.”

Edward Broaster, Director, C.Y.D.P.
“We know that most of the problem begin at home and lock of social controls and so forth. Parenting and strong family values and there are other factors including the environment, whereby we have some of our people in Belize living in conditions that are worst than the conditions in the prisons. So what we are trying to do is come together in chartering some policies that we can propose to the government to implement for us to address the problem that is plaguing our community.”

Carolyn Genitty
“If you’re gonna think about creating programs and activities it has to happen after school; it has to happen when young people are available and have idle time. I know we want jobs, I know we have families and we want it nine to five, create a shift system where some people are doing it in the evenings. Get the young people that are old enough to be leaders. Teach them to be leaders. If we are not creating the avenues for nurturing to occur, then they’re going to raise themselves. And when you get the results of them raising themselves, don’t complain about the consequences.”

The summit ends on Wednesday.

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