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In 2007 an Inter Ministerial Committee was formed under the purview of the Ministry of National Security whose mandate was to design, develop and implement a National Mentorship Programme. The aim of this programme is to provide a social medium for ‘at risk’ youths to develop relationships with a mentor. The Mentor would provide guidance, friendship and a positive influence for these youths helping them to make positive choices and lead healthy, meaningful lives in society.
In June 2010 the Inter Ministerial Committee, consisting of representatives from four other Government Ministries, namely The Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of the People and Social Development and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, met to continue work on the project.
The Life Skills Unit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education has been an integral part of the Inter Ministerial Committee for The Design, Development and Implementation of a Structured Mentorship Programme for Youth-At-Risk and The launch of a National Campaign to educate and inculcate sound family values and positive attitudes.
To initiate this programme the Ministry of National Security hosted a Stakeholders Consultation to discuss the Mentorship’s programme design, preparation and training, implementation and the monitoring and evaluation needed to successfully implement this programme for youth ‘at risk’. The Consultation was hosted at the Crowne Plaza on September 15th 2010 where approximately 150 members of the energy and business sectors, NGOs and other agencies attended and made input into the programme. The Director, Life Skills Unit, Ceronne Prevatt gave an overview of the plans for the programme.
The aim of this innovative project is to help young people develop a view of what the world may look like ten years from now and develop their own personal ten year road map to be best positioned for the future. NIHERST has worked closely with Generation Y members (persons ages 12 to 29 years) to develop the material around topics that they deem practical and of high value, and gear the delivery method for maximum impact. This has been translated into an interesting and powerful 2.5 hour workshop style session that can be delivered by any interested persons willing to be trained.
Who can attend?
This comprehensive workshop is open to Life Skills Tutors, previously trained persons from a variety of organizations, as well as any individuals or group representatives who may be interested in becoming involved in the Y-Vision project. This interactive session is aimed at giving participants all the tools and skills needed to conduct a Y-Vision workshop.
Upon completion of this workshop, persons committed to the delivery of the Y-Vision workshops will be given a training kit consisting of all the materials necessary to conduct them. Trainers will become a part of the Y-Vision Trainer network where they will have access to the continually expanding Y-Vision database, an important resource for making key linkages among groups with similar or complimentary goals. Trainers will also have access to a suggestions area where they can provide feedback and access resources. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the project will ensure that the quality and quantity of output continues to be valuable to Generation Y.
Life Skills Diploma Course
The Life Skills with Literacy Diploma course would soon be offered at the UWI Open Campus. Application forms are available at the UWI Open Campus.