Youth Rehabilitation Programme Gets Sandals Foundation Support
Empowering youth to reach their full potential through education and other outreach programmes continues to be a primary focus of the Sandals Foundation activities in Saint Lucia. This comes through the recent adoption of the Positive Youth Anticipation (PYA) Project that is being administered by The School of Business Entrepreneurs (TSOBE).
This initiative, which is set to run over a course of one year, will reach approximately 120 at-risk boys, with at least 40 being targeted from seven to ten secondary schools from across the country every school term.
A price of more than EC$45,000 has been tagged to the programme for one full school year and the Sandals Foundation has committed to funding fully the first of the three terms at a cost of just over EC$15,000.
It is designed not only to influence a positive change, but also to foster and encourage the possibility of its participants to further impact the lives of other vulnerable and at-risk students.
Director of the Foundation Heidi Clarke pointed to the importance of self-awareness in today’s youth and the creation of environments that will allow them to make positive and informed decisions that will ultimately affect their placement in society as they grow older.
“Moves like these are always encouraging and we anxiously await the outcome of the first leg of this journey. The Board of Directors of the Sandals Foundation is fully behind this programme since the youth – after all – are not just adults in the making, they are people whose current needs and rights and experiences must be taken seriously,” Clarke said.
She cited the relevance of the project considering the current economic climate in the Caribbean and its effect on youth employment and development.
The secondary schools selected to be part of the programme include the George Charles, Corinth, Leon Hess, Ciceron, St. Mary’s College, Gros Islet, Entrepot, Vide Bouteille, Bocage, Marigot, Babonneau, and Sir Ira Simmons Secondary Schools.
Each School will select three students with the exception of Vide Bouteille which requested that a fourth student be included.
The PYA will run for five days each school term and will feature visits to the Bordelais Correctional Facility. It will also include testimonial and motivational talks from inmates and facilitate sessions on dream building, Goal Setting, Business Planning, and Personal Development.
Conflict Management, Motivation and a Self Talk will also be key focuses of the programme.
Dr. Timothy Robinson administrator of The School of Business Entrepreneurs (TSOBE).