A youth group in Bolans will be used to mobilize the youth in the community to buy into the Community Youth Development Initiative (CYDI), run by the government.
The proposal was launched in March of this year, with the view of developing young people to be positive role models in their communities.
The programme is now in its second phase and Director of Youth Cleon Athill said they will be journeying to Bolans today (Saturday) to incorporate the group’s gatekeepers.
“This initial meeting is to first and foremost appraise those persons in Bolans about the initiative to get their buy in so that they, in turn, can begin to mobilise the Bolans community,” Athill said.
Athill said gatekeepers were chosen due to their outstanding work in the southern part of the country.
“The Bolans community has a lot of things going on; there is an established community sense, ownership for things happening in the community, so there is actually a hook in Bolans which the CYDI is hoping to hold on to, and then we move on from there,” she added.
It is the hope of the department that gatekeepers would embrace the programme which will then be rolled out throughout the island.
“At the same time when we are doing Bolans there will be a nationwide effort to get other communities ready in the sense of having them connect with other youth groups and selling them the idea of the CYDI,” the director said.
According to Athill, the overall aim of the programme is to encourage young people to do positive things in the community, while at the same time develop their own individuality.
“The CYDI acknowledges that young people are indeed bundles of energies and talents and as we can use these to their own development and the development of their community so the CYDI is about positive youth development,” she added.