By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Twenty at risk youths graduated this week from the National Youth Cadet Service Corp training program.
The gradates demonstrated their skills at their graduation ceremony held at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) compound.
The program, operated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, takes youths with behavioural problems who are at risk of succumbing to crime and violence and giving them training and support.
The program is used as an alternative to either sending the youths to the youth hostel or to prison.
Acting Manager for the program, Sandra McClaren, explained that the program is important because without the training and discipline instilled in the youths by the program, they would have likely been expelled from school and possible turned to crime.
“This program equips young men with positive character traits and practical skills needed to be productive citizens in society,” McClaren said.
She added that at the ceremony 16 past cadets were honoured for keeping with the programs mission and finding gainful employment. She explained that the former cadets are now employed at places such as the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast guard, Medina’s House of Jewellery, and even the Central Bank of Belize.