Ac­tiv­i­ties Ga­lore For Youth Month

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April is an­nu­ally ob­served here as Youth Month, de­signed to cel­e­brate the tal­ents and achieve­ments of young peo­ple, and to em­pha­size youth em­pow­er­ment through a se­ries of na­tional and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties. This week, the youth and sports min­istry’s youth di­rec­tor, Mary Wil­fred, of­fered a hint of the many sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties. The first, a speech fes­ti­val, took place from April 1 to the 4. Stu­dents fine-tuned their or­a­tor­i­cal skills by de­bat­ing par­lia­ment-style de­bat­ing, recit­ing po­etry and de­liv­er­ing ad­dresses.

“We are hop­ing that com­ing out of this train­ing, we will have more young peo­ple who can use var­i­ous ad­vo­cacy tools; that they can now bet­ter ad­dress is­sues that af­fect them, not just as stu­dents but also as cit­i­zens,” said Wil­fred. The for­mal open­ing of Youth Month took place on Fri­day. Dubbed “Youth Ex­pose,” the event at­tracted many uni­formed groups, in­clud­ing the cadets, Red Cross and scouts. A for­mal open­ing cer­e­mony was held at Con­sti­tu­tion Park and

in­cluded live per­for­mances and a show­case of young en­trepreneur­s. The grand open­ing marked the start of the packed cal­en­dar of events for the month.

The Wayne Louis Memo­rial Lec­ture is sched­uled for April 13 at the Fi­nan­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cen­ter, start­ing at 6:00 pm. This event is held in part­ner­ship with the Wayne Louis Memo­rial Foun­da­tion, to com­mem­o­rate the for­mer vice pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Youth Coun­cil. Dr. Win­ston Phul­gence will de­liver the lec­ture.

April 15-20 will be ob­served as Youth Ser­vice Week. Dur­ing this time in­di­vid­u­als, youth groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions are en­cour­aged to show acts of kind­ness, and make a dif­fer­ence through ser­vice projects in their var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties. The groups can pho­to­graph their acts of kind­ness and up­load it to Face­book. The pic­ture with the most likes re­ceives an award. A week­end “Kamp Kali­nago” will take place from April 19 to 21 in Soufriere. The camp will seek to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to ac­cess lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment. Par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to learn skills in events man­age­ment, bud­get­ing and pro­posal writ­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions, among other re­lated top­ics. They will also be ex­posed to the his­tory of the Kali­nago peo­ple, some­times re­ferred to as the Caribs. They were the in­dige­nous peo­ple of the Greater and Lesser An­til­lies.

While a date has not yet been set for Youth Par­lia­ment, it is ex­pected to take place in the last week of April.

The de­bate will cen­ter on the Youth Jus­tice Act that was passed in the House of Assem­bly last Novem­ber. Youth month cul­mi­nates with Youth Awards on April 27 at the Fi­nan­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cen­tre. The award cer­e­mony seeks to cel­e­brate youth and their achieve­ments in many cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing: Out­stand­ing Youth in En­trepreneur­ship, Out­stand­ing Youth in So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Out­stand­ing Youth Or­ga­ni­za­tion and Youth of the Year.

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