Sixteen desktop computers were provided to YFF and CPU, which will allow their resource centres to provide young persons direct access to the job market places so that they can work without interrupting the internet services to regular users.
The equipment was presented by Mr Daniel Cano, Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund, while Ms Christine Smith, Director for YFF and Senior Officials from the Police Department received the equipment on behalf of their respective organizations. The equipment is valued at $33,210.00
The equipment complements a month-long computer training program, held in October last year, which provided training for some 30 Belize City Youths for the online job market. The objective of the training project was to sharpen the computer skills of the beneficiaries so that they can access jobs at online job marketplaces and service providers such as www.oDesk.com, www.getacoder.com and www.Freelancer.com, using the internet at the resource centres operated by YFF and CPU.
In addition to providing training in the general use of a computer and internet, the project also provided the participants with specialized training in Web Page Design, Quick Books, Photoshop and MS Office. CARDICOM, a local computer training provider, provided the computer training while Youth for the Future provided the training on job preparedness. This training included topics such as resumé writing, effective writing of job application letters, conflict resolution, setting of employment goals and work ethics among others
The training was a joint venture of the Social Investment Fund, Youth for the Future and the Community Policing Unit (CPU) and was financed through a grant from the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF5), a program promoting poverty reduction through socio-economic initiatives and community empowerment. BNTF is jointly financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and nine beneficiary governments, including
Job creation continues to challenge most countries, including
, and many are beginning to realize that computer skills can provide access to the global or local work force using the internet and other developing technologies. Belize
YFF is a youth centered agency under the Ministry of Education and Youth. Its primary responsibility is the empowerment of our young people to participate meaningfully in the present and future development of
at every level. YFF is headquartered in Belize and has district offices countrywide. YFF is also responsible for the 4-H Youth Development Centre and the National Cadet Service Corps. Belize City
The Yabra Community Police Centre on
Ceasar Ridge Road, Port Loyola, is operated by the Community Policing Unit as an initiative by the Police Department to address crime through good relation with the community. This is being developed by participating in and promoting numerous activities, which are aimed at assisting residents to improve their lives and ambiance. The centre collaborates with several organizations such as the Conscious Youth Development Program (CYDP), Youth for the Future and government agencies and is considered a model in the region. In addition to Port Loyola, the Centre also offers its services to other critical areas of Belize City and other district towns with similar conditions. Belize City
For further information please contact Mr Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations, Social Investment Fund, at Tel: 822-0239 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
All photos from SIB-Belize