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Jul 1, 2022

At-risk Youths to Attend Summer Program for Tourism

A summer program for at-risk youths who are interested in learning about the tourism industry. It’s an initiative that is being supported by the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Audubon Society and will see participants from across the city travel to various destinations to learn about the travel and leisure sector. The initiative is the brainchild of Timmy Stamp, an activist who successfully transitioned from gang involvement to youth mentorship. This morning, at B.T.B.’s office here in Belize, all parties were present for the signing of an agreement to bring the summer program to life.

 

Amanda Acosta

Amanda Acosta, Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society

“This morning, we had the pleasure of signing our agreement with the Belize Tourism Board.  We’ll be supporting summer school, summer activities for Mr. Stamp’s after school program.  Many know Mr. Stamp and his very hard, arduous work, working with at-risk youths in the city.  This is an opportunity for these kids to get out, but also any opportunity that we have to help Mr. Stamp and these youths, I think, is worthwhile and we are more than happy to help and we are looking for any future collaborations to continue working with Mr. Stamp.”

 

Evan Tillett

Evan Tillett, Director of Tourism

“I think that this after school program is a necessary thing.  In the tourism industry, we have far reaching abilities across the entire country and we have to start preparing the next generation of people that are passionate about tourism.  And so, this program is quite fitting, as it places at-risk youths to immerse themselves in tourism, and partnering along with Mr. Stamp and the Audubon Society will allow the kids to not only be in an education after school program, but also to get the experience of what it is to be a Belizean traveler, to be a tourist in Belize.  And so, I think this will assist the industry in developing the next generation of passionate tourism individuals.”


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