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, 2012
Photo: 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.

Funding



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

2011 to 2013
Donor
Amount (US)
The Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), US State Department
$200,000
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.

2011
Donor
Amount (US)
Not Applicable
$
Project Overview
Status:
Active
Project Start Date:
2011
Estimated End Date:
2013
Geographic Coverage:
Belize District
Focus Area:
Human Development and Poverty Reduction
MDG
1
Project Officer:
Ms. Jay Coombs
Partners:
National Executing Agency / Implementing Partner: Youth for the Future (YFF); Implementing organization: The Mayors Office; the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI); Restore Belize
Related documents
Project Document:

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

Fact Sheet

Southside Youth Success Project, Drop-in Centre Brochure