Welcome to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) website. This is an exciting time for the department as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive. DYS is confronting a time of many changes and we strive to embrace these changes during a period of larger nation-wide and global change. The world of youth development is an exciting area in which to work, study and play, as we continue to meet and inspire young people, bringing them together in forums, to ensure that DYS remains at the cutting edge of youth development.
Our hope is to empower a large number of Belizean youth through the established programs managed by DYS along with the many programs offered by our youth stakeholder organizations.
DYS is geared toward the promotion of the ideals deemed most appropriate for the positive and full development of Belize’s young people. The department aims to more coherently link the range of existing efforts – complemented by a number of new measures to address gaps in existing services – to ensure that those endeavors are better coordinated, better targeted, better understood and better used; essentially, that they provide more access, more relevance, more opportunities, and more hope to our youth. We are transforming the way we operate to continuously improve our ability to develop and empower our youth population. My staff and partners have continued to meet the challenges of our field and to excel despite some setbacks.
I would like to thank all youth who have taken the time to attend our conferences, workshops, forums and Award Gala, bringing your skills and expertise to our gatherings. Your vision, knowledge and high energy brought new life into DYS and indeed into the world of youth development work in Belize. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership.
My personal respect and appreciation go out to all of you. I am very proud of where we are today and excited about where the department is headed.