Rescue mission

The Freundel Stuart administration has embarked on a major project aimed at rescuing the island’s youth from a life of crime and violence.

Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley announced on Monday the establishment of CitUnity, an outreach programme targeting troubled communities in the City.

Speaking at a national consultation on the society at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Lashley said the programme was formulated through the Division of Youth, with input from residents and the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart & Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart & Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley

“This is all in an effort to arrest the slippage. It is hoped that through this consultation, recommendations will emerge that will inform the formulation of policies and programmes that will further assist us in this cause,” Lashley said.

The minister stressed that the programme, along with the Youth Mainstreaming Programme that gives young people a second chance to further their education, the Barbados Youth Service and the Youth Entrepreneurial Scheme, would address disengagement which leads to violence among the youth.

“We have introduced the Endless Possibilities Programme, which is a mentoring and job replacement programme which has seen over 40 companies coming onboard to offer job experience to at-risk youth,” he added.

Lashley noted that just over 120 young people have benefitted from the programme and 40 per cent have gained full-time employment with the companies to which they had been attached.

Meantime, the minister disclosed that the consultation on society would be extended, with plans to hold at least three such events.

Following the plenary at Monday’s consultation, participants broke out into interactive sessions on such topics as “Safeguarding Our Children, Safeguarding Our Future – Child Abuse and Neglect;” and “The Tragedy Behind Closed Doors – Domestic Violence and Society’s Response.”

16 Responses to Rescue mission

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Rescue mission and fast. No youth should be leaving secondary school without at least three qualifications.
    Some teachers take it upon themselves to do as they please with young people future i.e child leaving school without any form of qualifications. Teachers should be held accountable for not allowing students to do their CXCs exams. Training for the young men, there are plenty of old buildings with solid structure in Bim, that need refurbishing put them to good use. Stop throwing good money after bad on the so call no way projects. The roads need repairing. Get wunna work ethics right. No one should have to queue up all day to pay a bill or wait till when the attendant at the petrol pump decide to stop chatting to deal with the customer. Not only the government bringing Barbados down to it’s knees the work ethics of the citizens is also contributing to it.

  2. Santini More
    Santini More July 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Unemployment and underemployment plays a significant role in young peoples involvement in crime. We need a stronger, growing economy to provide more jobs and more youth opportunities.

  3. BaJan boy July 27, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Bunch a crap from a bunch of clowns. All talk..

    • Coralita July 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      If Mia had suggested the programme(s) mentioned, you would be sucking her toes in praise but because of your hatred for the current administration your continued venom and negativity shows.

  4. Charmaine July 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Too late shall be your cry. You are too out of touch with society, especially the youth. You can’t see the real issues. Suggestion- instead of meeting with more out of touch people, talk to the young people themselves. You will probably be met with hostility, but you would see first hand the pain, suffering and disillusion that is their reality. Education is no longer a viable option because even our educated youth can’t find employment; which is a major concern.
    But first understand that politics, promises and talk / empty words mean nothing to the youth; they see past it. So without some kind of action, don’t bother to waste their time.

  5. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince July 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    This because police shoot young man….?

    • Coralita July 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Did you read the article or just blindly spewing? The boy was shot yesterday, the programme has been going on for a while where 120 young persons have benefitted and 40% found permanent employment with companies that are supportive of the programme. I guess you did not read that.

  6. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince July 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Greed, profit… jobs..

  7. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne July 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Did we not had youth ambassadors ?who came around in the communities and have meaningful programmes for our youth.Why was it abandoned when government got into power ,but now trying to do the same thing which could have been easily built upon 8 years ago.Politics always has to come and destroy a good thing and then try to reinvent something that all it needed was tweeting ,developing and expanding and we would not be in this position we are in today.Come on let’s do better and we need to hold our so called leaders accountable for some of their own personal agendas rather than the country’s good.

    • Coralita July 27, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      We would not be in this position today if parent were parenting their children and instilling life skills and values in them.

      Too many children today are being raised by technology. There is no conversation in families as everyone’s face is in a phone, tablet or laptop. Hence, parents are clueless as to what their children are up to on these gadgets and what they are up to in life.

      Before you blame the government, blame the parents who brought these children in the world and then do a very poor job raising them.

      • Leroy July 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

        The best people turn to violence and crime if there is no way forward.
        The first thing needed is jobs and that can only come via an expanding econnomy, Fruendel should focus on expanding the economy and equip/allow the social care minister deal with the social ills.
        Our educational system needs overhauling to prepare student for the world today (2016 and on) our educational system hasnt had a overhaul for decades.
        Since its expensive to train accountants, lawyers and doctors at UWI, expand Poly and skills training and INVEST IN THE YOUTH, not just talk down to them.

  8. Louise King
    Louise King July 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    No youth is to be seen playing cards or dominoes in street corners

  9. harry turnover July 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    A lotta fancy pretty talk ONLY to mek people believe that wunna concerned and that wunna gine try something……..LOOK !…Giive the youths WUK….give the youths a pay packet when de friday come and stop telling lies bout de employment figures.

    • Coralita July 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Wah the youth qualified to do? What skills did they leave school with? Did their parents encourage them to prepare themselves for the world of work?

      All the youth that are involved in crime and swinging guns, are they UWI, BCC, BIMAP, SJPP, VCB graduates, or are these young people who never darkened the doors of these or any other institution of higher learning?

      It is ok to say give the young people wuk, if the young people don’t know how to do the job how the hell they gine wuk? They have to first start by giving them skill so they have something to work with.

      Eric Lewis of MADD fame assisted a couple of young men with honest employment and they didn’t keep the wuk, they said it was too hard. One was at the fish market and he said he did not want his friends to see him working at no fish market, seems he preferred to do crime to get by. Another one, before he drove a stroke, asked the employer for money to buy something to eat and he never went back to do any work, he said it was too hard. Lewis said he like he dun finding wuk fah people.

      Some of us just don’t bloody well think before we speak and like to blame the government, teachers, church and everyone else for these wayward young people. Blame the darn home first and foremost as sometimes the home don’t give the society much to work with, sadly.

  10. Coralita July 27, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I am all for seeing young people get assistance to get a good start in life and will praise any entity whether government, private or NGO who put systems in place to achieve such.

    I don’t have time for the negativity which seems to pervade the minds of most. If the government don’t do they are damned and if they do they are damned. Why can’t some of us see pass the damn partisan politics? Beat up the government when they deserve beating up but you mean they are expanding a programme that is already working to assist more young people and all some of you can do is spew negative comments?

    The same young people learn these behaviours from the adults who display them.


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