Southside Youth Success: Pathways to Employment for Young Men at-risk of Joining Gangs

What is the project about

Photo: Collaborating Partners at Opening of Drop-in Centre for Southside Youth, UNDP Belize, 2012Photo: Project Partners at Opening of Drop-in Centre for Southside Youth, UNDP Belize, 2012

This project will establish a coordinated system to provide 'mentoring', 'life-skills', 'training' and 'job placements' for vulnerable youths in Southside Belize City (SBC). The principal goals are: (a) Establish efficient mechanisms to locate at-risk male youths in SBC; (b) Provide at-risk male youths in SBC with initial mentoring, moral guidance & social values, life-skills and ‘job preparation’ training, then; (c) Place these at-risk male youths in paid apprenticeship or job positions with project business / public partners.

What have we accomplished so far

The Southside Youth Success Project opened the doors of a drop-in centre on August 29, 2012.  Twenty four young men were enrolled for participation in a five-month programme that will allow them to get life-skills guidance and training for employment including through apprenticeship. Upon completion of the training, these Southside Belize City youth will be certified in various trade areas, which will allow them to access opportunities to become employed and / or to re-enter formal education. The first cohort of young males from Southside Belize City have completed training in Tour Guiding and Business Process Outsourcing. Currently this first cohort are on apprenticeship and the programme is in the process of recruiting its second cohort.


Major sources of financing (including all sources providing more than $100,000).

2011 to 2013
Amount (US)
The Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), US State Department
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $20,000

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Total delivery up through the most recent year for which UNDP’s financial books have closed.

Amount (US)
Not Applicable