For Diangelo Ramos, a young man living in Belize, surviving after he was thrown out of his house at 13 took determination and courage.
“I was drinking at school, missing classes,” he recalled. ”My teacher said she would not give up on me because she knew I could change.”
Diangelo participated in a youth engagement programme implemented by UNDP. The Southside Youth Success project, established in 2012, is a coordinated system that provides mentoring, life-skills, training and job placements for vulnerable youths in Southside Belize City (SBC), the most violent area of the country. It focuses on preventing “most-at-risk” youth, in particular young men, who come from the most marginalized parts of Belizean society, from entering gangs and provides them with the life-skills and knowledge base to enter the workforce instead.