The Belmopan Active Youths (BAY), a youth organization established in April 2012 has received US$100,000 in grant money from the United States Embassy in Belmopan.
The money is to be used to establish a project for drug prevention among young people of Belmopan and surrounding communities over the next 10 months.
BAY President Mrs. Anna Banner Guy signed the grant agreement with the Embassy’s Grants Officer Joseph Boski in a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan on Tuesday, September 17.
The grant will fund training in peer drug education for 45 youth leaders from Belmopan and the surrounding areas.
BAY Group leaders will also urge their peers to remain drug free through drama skits, dance and songs; an initiative that will target close to 2,000 students in four high schools in Belmopan.
BAY will also enrol 360 out-of-school teenagers between 13-18 years in 12 locked-in weekend programs, where they will be alerted on the dangers of drugs. Another 500 young people of high school age from Belmopan and surrounding communities have pledged to remain drug free.
BAY will also organize sports competitions for more than 300 young people embracing a drug-free lifestyle. BAY has organized six branches in surrounding communities with a view to educating more young people about the dangers of drugs. The group also plans to rehabilitate six parks as drug free zones
BAY now has more than 80 members from Belmopan and its environs.
The group began by training as a marching band to compete in Love FM’s annual Band Fest, in which they won third place in their try this year. They also formed a dance group and are spearheading a project to rehabilitate a community park.