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Hundreds of youths graduate

The much desired three-month residential phase of the Barbados Youth Service training programme is about to be restarted after a two-year suspension, Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley has said.

The minister made this revelation when four essential youth training programmes, designed to give young school-leavers a fair chance in successfully entering the world of work, or creating their own enterprises were combined for a mass graduation over the weekend.

Hundreds of eager and pumped youngsters of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, Endless Possibilities Programme, Youth Mainstreaming Programme and Barbados Youth Service assembled in The Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Saturday to receive their certificates of training participation, and some returned to the stage to collect trophies for outstanding performances.

Minister of sports Stephen Lashley

Minister of sports Stephen Lashley

“I have been reminded by several young people of the importance of the residential component of this important programme,” Lashley said in the feature address, noting that this phase of the Barbados Youth Service training had
been halted owing to the lack of appropriate accommodation.

“This evening, I’m proud to announce that the Ministry [of Youth] is actively working to create a permanent home
for the Barbados Youth Service.

“We are working hard to provide that resident home because we believe that the residential phase of the programme is vitally important.”

He said: “The requisite [legal] paper to provide for that permanent home has been prepared, and the question will shortly go before the Cabinet of Barbados.

“This will assist with the restoration of those relevant programmes that were either curtailed or reduced, and allow for others to be introduced, which will enhance the offerings of the Barbados Youth Service.”

Lashley spoke of attitudes that changed and the rising self-esteem noticeable among the young  people graduating from all four programmes.

“We want to salute these young people, some of whom have had to overcome great barriers to reach where they are today. We salute them for staying the course and being champions.”

He promised additional “programmes that are designed to transform the lives of young people of Barbados”.

“We believe that without the full engagement of you, the young people, that all of our efforts aimed at transforming our economy, at building out our society on the tried and tested principles which have helped
to transform even own lives, all of that will come to naught.

“Be the champions of transforming our communities and returning our communities back to those tried and tested values and standards,” Lashley urged the young ones.

5 Responses to Hundreds of youths graduate

  1. jrsmith October 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Mr,minster, you must not let our young people down, we are hoping you be a doer and not a good talker.
    Your words , a promise of additional programmes, to transform the lives of our young people, when last have bajans , heard a politician promise our people more so the young anything , other than the reminder of the past ,with nothing aiming at the future.
    you better be a man to your word.

    Our people needs something to smile / cheer about .

  2. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister October 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Now where are the jobs to complement the qualifications. Or is this just another utopian effort

  3. Alex Alleyne October 6, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    A trip off to North America or Europe or even China is the only way out to complement the qualifications .(job wise).
    In all you do ,please remember Barbados . We put out the $$$
    Make haste no longer tarry…….Good luck to one and all. DO HAVE A SAFE AND MOST ENJOYABLE TRIP.

  4. seagul October 7, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Now I’m not here to create problems in town cause the problem is already here. On my way on the plane I recalled the words of a writer who described the journey to the Caribbean as the way to racial harmony—as though racial harmony existed on the islands. Racial harmony can only come when there’s racial justice, not spiritual wickedness in high places.

  5. seagul October 7, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Is this the best we can do…ship our youth off to suffer the indignity of bigotry,rejection–blind hatred.We have an amazing culture and craft. But these degenerate politicians sell us out every time for their little bags of gold. For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.


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