By Ingrid Fernandez, Staff Reporter
With the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Youth Council about to be implemented, the candidates are making their presence felt by holding a youth rally in every district this weekend.
The elections that will take place on February 29 will fill the positions for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer.
DYS went about selecting youth leaders who they found authentic, dedicated and with vision for the young people of Belize.
The youth population of Belize comprises almost 70 percent. The Deputy Public Relations Officer for the Department of DYS states that is what having a Youth Council with youth leaders that understand the problems young people are facing today.
The rally endorsing the candidates is significant said Saldano is to “ensure that youth leaders across the country understand the position they will no hold, understand the responsibility that comes with these positions.”
Saldano stated that it is essential for DYS to find youth leaders who can lobby for at risk youth and children and other needs that that demographic has. The will have the responsibility to lead projects, initiatives and implementable solutions that are in the best interest of young people.
Each candidate has amassed its own crowd of supporters. Saldano stated that because of the amount of candidates that have packed the slate, they expected thousands of supporters to come out.
Organizations supporting DYS for the rally were Saint John’s College, Guideline Productions, Yong Male Christian Association (YMCA), Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) among other youth agencies.