Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND DONATES TO YOUTH FOR THE FUTURE


YFF Director Christine Smith receives computers from Mr Daniel Cano, SIF Executive Director

Belmopan, Wednesday, 23rd February 2011:  An assortment of computers, including digital cameras and projectors, were presented this morning by the Social Investment Fund (SIF) to Youth for the Future (YFF) and the Community Policing Unit (CPU) as part of a project to assist both organizations in the continuous training of youths seeking online job opportunities.

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
Youth For the Future and SIF officials during presentation

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 resum√© 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 Belize
Commissioner of Police, Crispin Jeffries receives computers from Mr Daniel Cano, SIF Executive Director
 Job creation continues to challenge most countries, including Belize, 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.

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 Belize at every level. YFF is headquartered in Belize City and has district offices countrywide. YFF is also responsible for the 4-H Youth Development Centre and the National Cadet Service Corps.

The Yabra Community Police Centre on Ceasar Ridge Road, Port Loyola, Belize City 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.

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 mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org

All photos from SIB-Belize

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