Youth Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gramme Gets San­dals Foun­da­tion Support

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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).

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