New initiative to strengthen youth groups

Funding for the training has been provided by the European Union (EU) under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Safety and Security Improvement Program, said a statement from the Department of Youth which is organizing what they are calling, Youth Service Program.

Senior Youth Officer Pierre Liburd said the financial assistance from the EU will have a profound impact in enhancing the capacities of local youth organizations and promoting behavioural change among the target population.

“This program is the latest in a number of planned initiatives to come to fruition and underscores the Department’s commitment to the engagement and empowerment of our youth,” he disclosed. “While we are pleased with the EU backing on this initiative, we must all appreciate that the success and sustainability of the program requires ownership and tangible support on the part of all stakeholders. The Department of Youth Empowerment remains open to collaboration with any stakeholder who is truly committed to facilitating meaningful and impactful youth development initiatives.”

The training will engage participants in identifying community needs and the development and execution of projects to address them. A host of experienced and dynamic presenters from the public and private sectors as well as civil society will present the various topics.

Sessions will be held every Saturday at the Newtown Community Center and will cover several topics including organizational development, leadership, volunteerism, networking and strategic partnerships, financing and bookkeeping, as well as project development and implementation.


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