PRESS RELEASE – Wednesday August 12 was celebrated as International Youth Day around the world.
In Saint Lucia, the National Youth Council observed this day by hosting the launch of “SocialInnov4Change, an initiative by the United Nations Development Program, followed by a ceremony and youth mixer.
The day commenced with observation exercises, and a short but powerful drama piece put on by Youth SPAC , spearheaded by Miss Kentillia Louis.
Existing issues which affect our youth in society today were portrayed and discussed.
The afternoon session focused on ideation processes and dialogue with National Vision Commission Chairman, Mr Adrian Augier. Saint Lucian youth between the ages of 16-35 could submit proposals for innovative projects to help stop crime in their communities.
These ideas must be submitted before September 24 2015. Groups would be asked to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges before going into the final round. A total of 6 groups will be granted $2000US to carry out their projects.
The St. Lucia National Youth Council also hosts the Lucian Leaders’ Summit from August 10- 14. The summit seeks to empower seventy-five students from schools across the island with the skills needed to undertake leadership positions within their respective institutions and communities through an interactive and innovative program.
The keynote speaker for the evenings’ proceedings was the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister MrsJadiaJn Pierre Emmanuel. She succinctly and articulately presented to the youth in attendance on the importance of youth work, volunteerism and persistence.
Notably missing were officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports who all had other important engagements to attend to. Nevertheless, the evening ended on high note with a youth mixer integrating youth from across the island.