Re­vive un­at­tached youth ini­tia­tive

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MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Ju­lian Robin­son CON­STITUENCY: St An­drew South East MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for St An­drew South East Ju­lian Robin­son is urg­ing the Govern­ment to con­tinue the Na­tional Un­at­tached Youth Pro­gramme (NUYP), which started un­der the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He said of all the pro­grammes in his con­stituency, the NUYP has had the great­est im­pact on un­at­tached youth.

More than 150 young per­sons par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme that has an ap­pren­tice­ship com­po­nent.

“We es­tab­lished a part­ner­ship with Suther­land Global and a num­ber of those who par­tic­i­pated got jobs after com­plet­ing their ap­pren­tice­ship,” Robin­son said in his con­tri­bu­tion to the State of the Con­stituency De­bate.

“We took 155 young per­sons who oth­er­wise would prob­a­bly have been en­gaged in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and put them in a one-year course of study. They got cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and on-the-job train­ing.”

He said, to date, the pro­gramme has trained more than 2,800 per­sons.

Robin­son told his par­lia­men­tary col­leagues that since the change of ad­min­is­tra­tion he has not re­ceived word from the Govern­ment about the con­tin­u­a­tion of the pro­gramme.

“I would like to urge the Govern­ment to en­sure that this pro­gramme con­tin­ues. If we are talk­ing about a fight against crim­i­nal­ity, we have to start here. It’s not just re­sources for the po­lice, it has to be re­sources that pre­vent peo­ple from get­ting into crim­i­nal­ity.”

The MP also di­vulged plans to erect a num­ber of small shops to cater for tourists and other per­sons who visit the Bob Mar­ley statue across from the Na­tional Sta­dium.

With plans for a sports mu­seum and con­cert hall to be es­tab­lished near the Bob Mar­ley statue, Robin­son said: “What you want to do is to cap­ture per­sons who ei­ther come to the sports mu­seum or Bob Mar­ley statue. They can buy some­thing re­lated to reggae mu­sic, they can buy some­thing re­lated to sports, and they can eat some Ja­maican food.”

ZAVIA MAYNE

AN­THONY HYL­TON

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