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Decision-making. Assistant Superintendent Chriselda Branford, head of the Community Relations Branch of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, and Corps volunteers Bonnie Harrison and Marcia Brown, experts in teen improvisation, trained 140 youths ages14-17. The program offers teens ideas on how to make difficult choices. This project received financial support from the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Barbados.

Drug Abuse Prevention. Corps consultants in drug abuse prevention, Darlene French White, Miami, Bill Westel, Sarasota, and lead volunteer Kay Doughty, Tampa, conducted training for teachers and guidance counselors in Dominica, and school resource officers and youth leaders in St. Lucia. Events were hosted by Dominica's National Drug Abuse Unit and St. Lucia Police, with financial support from the U.S. Embassy in Barbados.

Sports.College track and field coach Jeff Ward worked with coaches and athletes in Montserrat, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts/Nevis in a mission sponsored by Partners of the Americas and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States' Sports Office. Ward's clinics focused on field events, including discus, javelin and shot put.

4-H. In conjunction with long-time partner, Grenada 4-H coordinator Roy St. Bernard, Dr. John Rutledge, Corps consultant and head of Florida's 4-H movement, has conducted youth leadership workshops in Grenada for12 years, and sponsored Grenadian 4-H'ers in training in the U.S.

Job Training. Janine Caffery, director of education at Tampa's Associated Marine Institute (AMI), and Laura Axtell, Regional Director for AMI, consulted with the staff and board of the Belize Youth Conservation Corps to increase the viability of the agency as a marine training institute.

Beekeepers. Mr. Cosmos Joseph, with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture in Grenada, hosted beekeeping training for ten young people on the island. The youth learned basics of beekeeping and marketing for bee-related products at two-week workshops and in-the-field demonstrations. The goal for the training projects are to give youth a means of income and a way to keep them out of trouble. Husband and wife beekeeping team, Robert and Amelia Tadeyeske of Winter Haven, conducted the training.

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