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News | April 22, 2013

JTF-B and Honduran National Police inspire tomorrow's female leaders

By Maj. Angelic Dolan Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs

Joint Task Force-Bravo partnered with four female Honduran National Police Officers, Community Engagement Section, to mentor young women aged 17-27 at the Arts for Humanity Women's Leadership Center, as part of a commitment to assist in the development of partnership capacity in El Socorro, Honduras, April 18.

Joint Task Force-Bravo's Army Forces Battalion, Engineer Section and Medical Element taught classes on leadership and ethics, basic first aid, and conducted a technical engineering assessment of the center's infrastructure.

The young ladies gathered in a classroom, for a first aid and buddy care class taught by U.S. Army Spc. Arlett Diaz and U.S. Army Sgt. Jessica Cervantes, JTF-B Medical Element. During the hands on portion of the class the ladies took the opportunity to apply their new skills by practicing on one another.

"Knowing how to perform basic first aid builds confidence in one's self-esteem," said Diaz. "We are here to inspire leadership in these women. If the women were ever to encounter a situation where they needed to stabilize or provide first aid to an injured person, they are now able to take the lead."

The female Honduran Police covered domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking awareness and prevention training and provided the young women with information on female career opportunities within the Honduran National Police.

The students expressed extreme gratitude and motivation after hearing the Police women speak. They emphasized how inspiring it is to know that they can do and be whatever they set their mind to.

"As a woman myself in the service, it made me very proud to come here and instill leadership and confidence in other women," said Cervantes.

President and Founder of Arts for Humanity Leadership Center, Glen Evans said, "The center is designed to foster independence in women by teaching them to become leaders in their communities and provide them the tools to be successful entrepreneurs."

"We have two focuses here, leadership and business," said Evans. "These young women are on scholarship attending the center. After they graduate the three-year program, they will have learned English, developed leadership skills, and understand how to start a small scale business to gain economic independence."

"Today we provided instruction, motivation, and inspirational role models for young, underprivileged women from across Honduras; we also assisted the non-governmental organization's staff in determining how to best proceed in completing multiple infrastructure improvements to the Leadership Center," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jay Liddick, Commander for Army Forces Battalion.