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NYS broadens programmes for youth

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2013 | 7:00 AM
Vivienne DaCosta (left), of the Dispute Resolution Foundation, speaks with youth during the National Youth Service Summer Programme Orientation 2013 at the V.H. Percy Centre at Kingsway High School in Kingston yesterday. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

With the National Youth Service (NYS) approaching its 40th anniversary, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has indicated that the organisation will be rolling out a new set of programmes to broaden its outreach.

Hanna's comments came during an NYS Summer Programme Orientation yesterday, staged at the V.H. Percy Centre, which is located on the property of the Kingsway High School in Kingston.

Several presenters addressed the participants on various topics such as workplace communication, exceptional customer service and career development.

"We realise that there were some young people who weren't able to qualify for the summer programme, so we have put in place a pilot project for those young people who do not have the skills to get into the requisite summer programmes," she said.

YOUTH DESERVE MORE

"There is a whole new set of programmes and projects that we will be rolling out this year as we believe that our youth deserve much more than what we are giving them currently.

"There are a number of different target groups in our youth population that we were not meeting, so it's not just about summer employment anymore - it's about summer outreach, volunteerism, on the job trends and skills training, just to name a few," she continued.

Hanna also noted that the NYS is a premier youth organisation through which young people not only gain on the job experience, but also serious credibility as they are committed to their country.

"It is not just about self-interest but also … your community. These initiatives are more important to the country as it looks to shape itself into an employment agency," Hanna said.

"We are also targeting 250 communities and projects so that these young people can work in their communities and give back. Through this organisation, they will seek to build their country in whatever way possible."