200 youths from across the Anglophone Caribbean converged to Belize City for the 6th Methodist Youth Encuentro. Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold was honored to be a part of the opening ceremonies. He provided the welcome greeting at the opening of the Encuentro and was present at the flag raising ceremony.
Today, Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts and The Belize City Council met with the Principal of Maud Williams High school, Mrs. Cruzita Castillo to discuss a rehabilitation project for the abandoned pool within Mesopotamia. This project aims to breathe new life into the area for the students as well as the general community.
Councillor Pollard and Councillor Goodin joined in the celebration of “Amplifying the Voice of Youths” as they attended the 2018 Belize Youth Awards at the Bliss Institute of Arts.
Today at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, IDB hired consultants, Arimany Amapola and Claudio Magnifico commenced their two day workshop. The workshop includes an introduction to the Hoodlinks model and a training manual for the 15 coaches/coaching assistants and 10 community policing participants invited. As previously reported, the consultants are proposing to impliment a new sports program in Belize City that involves certified coaches who will be training adolescents from various Southside communities in the areas of: Boxing, Basketball, Volleyball, Skateboarding, Football, Track & Field and Judo. The ultimate aim is to ensure the youths are involved in a positive after-school program.
This morning Councillor Micah Goodin whose portfolio includes Youth & Sports, was on Open Your Eyes Morning Show alongside Michael Novelo to discuss Citco’s upcoming Summer Basketball tournament. The tournament starts this Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 9:00am with an All-Day Marathon at Bird’s Isle Basketball Court. Each registered child will received a free jersey.
Thereafter the camp official starts July 9 – August 12, 2018
July 9, 10, 12, and 13, 2018 North-side Camp will be played at Bird’s Isle from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
July 16 to August 10, 2018 North-side Camp will be moved and played at Yarborough Basketball Court from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
July 9 to August 10, 2018 South-side Camp will be played at SJC Gym from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
August 11 and 12, 2018 – Venue to be confirmed
At the end of the tournament trophies and awards will be given. In addition, MVPs for both categories (9U12 and U15) would be given scholarship
Children Cup, via Pastor Derrick Pitts as National Director, launched its newest Carepoint Center in the Collet constituency on Sunday, June 3rd 2018. A significant development to the program is the collaboration with Councillor Dr Candice Pitts of the Belize City Council, to initiate a Grief Therapy Program at each of the sites: in Port Loyola, Pickstock, Collet.
The intention of the center is to have 3 counselors; 3 social workers; the support of our pastors; other volunteers ( 1 of each for the 3 carepoints in the City: Port Loyola, Pickstock, Collet. Councillor Pitts expressed the need for these children and their families to know that there is a safe space available for them. A space where they can vent. A space where they can receive the emotional care they need.
Our plan is to help create a healthier society, and therefore we need healthier people, healthier children.”
As we all know our beautiful jewel is filled with raw athletic talent especially in: softball, basketball, track & field and football. In local and international media our athletes are always being highlighted for their record breaking accomplishments. So it has long been anticipated that those on the international forefront would take note and come forward willing to invest time, money and attention. For this reason, The Belize City Council’s City Planner Ms Carla Patnett has been doing an exceptional job in the past few weeks of showcasing our city’s development to those willing to invest. Most recently, international consultants Amapola Arimany and Claudio Magnifico conducted a presentation in the conference room of the City Hall to introduce their Olympic Educational Model. If this comes to fruition one can only imagine what this would mean for our Belize City youths; Professional coaching and proper training, sporting education and continuous learning, certified training grounds with new infrastructure, and of course this in turn means our youths and adolescents can qualify for Olympic Tournaments.
In an effort to keep you updated on the progress of this initiative and where your support may be most valuable we’ll keep you posted.
The Belize City’s Child Advisory Body continues to be the voice of children and youth in our municipality. This time they were featured in World Health Organization’s website article entitled “Belize steps up to prioritize the health challenges faced by its youth”. Belize City CAB’s Secretary Lezli McCulloch and Public Relations Representative Jared Cain were interviewed on topics ranging from violence all the way through to sexual and reproductive health issues currently being faced by the young people of Belize and what they would hope to have the future look like with these issues given ample exposure and attention.
Belize City’s CAB is conducting its next meeting on Friday April 20, 2018 to discuss its Strategic Plan, appoint a new President & Vice President, introduce its newest additions to their Technical Steering Committee and assign portfolios for members to report on. We look forward to great things happening from this group within our municipality in the coming days.
Child Advisory Body’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CABbze/
Belize City’s Child Advisory Body has been preparing itself for great projects in 2018 to impact the city on issues relating to children and youths. So in an effort to strengthen relations with the other CABs in the other 8 municipalities as well as to establish the guiding principles for how CAB is to be ran for maximum productivity and effectiveness, current CAB President Kendice Armstrong, Councilor Micah Goodin with the portfolio of Youth & Sports was in attendance in place of Councilor Dr. Candice Pitts; Technical Steering Committee member and Parks & Playgrounds Manager Louis Thompson Jr. and Belize City Council’s Public Relations Officer and CAB Coordinator Sharin Pitts were all in attendance at the Technical Steering Committee Workshop held in Corozal.
The Technical Steering Committee workshop certainly accomplishment its goal of assisting the CABs with their Strategic Plan for 2018 as well as identifying the challenges each CAB is faced with. Belize City’s Child Advisory Body President Kendice Armstrong certainly took away plenty from it to return to her CAB with. Additionally, the efforts made by the Councillors of the different municipalities were evidentin their participation. Councillors in attendance were our very own Councillor Goodin alongside Councillor Isidoro Richie Galvez of Belmopan City Council, Councillor Vanessa Neal of San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council and Councillor Dilan Cassanova of Corozal Town Council.