Youths prepared for the job market in Santa Elena Town Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

Twenty-seven youths from the Twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena have successfully completed Cohort one of a Life Skills Program. The Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Independent Living Skills—called SCAIS--is a program within the Adaptive Life Skills component of the Youth RISE Project being implemented in San Ignacio and Santa Elena and Dangriga Town through the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.

The weekly SCAIS sessions ran for almost 5 months from November 2017 to March 2018 and used mediums that cater to participants’ learning styles. The program also provided the young persons with an opportunity to practice their new skills through interactive group discussions, role plays, games, personal reflection and community service activities. At the end of the program, the 11 females and 16 males, aged 13-19, were each given certificates of completion at a small ceremony held at the Cornerstone Foundation in San Ignacio.

Efforts towards cohort two began on Tuesday of this week on the upper flat of the post office in Santa Elena Town at number 28 Peter August Street. Youths 13 and above are being welcomed and so too are adults 18 to 29 years old, who would like to gain a new skill set for the job market.

Morecia Gentle, head of the Youth Program in Santa Elena is now recruiting participants for this skills training program, which is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank. Ms. Gentle can be reached at 663-3606 and the doors at the Youth Center in Santa Elena is now open.