Not only will students participating in this year’s Youth Achieving Results (YAR) Programme get the opportunity to learn new skills in the areas of Performing Arts and Visual Arts, but they will be exposed to personal development training as well, to ensure they are well rounded, as future practitioners in the cultural industries sector.
Chief Cultural Officer at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Andrea Wells revealed the above recently, as she addressed an audience gathered for the launch of the Youth Achieving Results Programme, at the 3Ws Oval, at the UWI Cave Hill Campus. The initiative is a joint effort between the Youth Development Programme in the Division of Youth and the NCF.
“As a direct focus on addressing the many challenges that often stop our young people from achieving, participants in the YAR Programme will again benefit from training in personal development. Topics such as Understanding and Building Self-Esteem, Setting Goals and Achieving Them and Conflict Resolution, are just a few of those to be covered in this important component of YAR, which is designed to encourage our participants to build awareness of the many roadblocks to their personal success and to help equip them to overcome these,” Wells indicated.
“We are only too well aware of the negatives that our youth face growing up in a modern Barbados and this programme seeks to equip them with the coping skills to manage relationships, both with their peers and their elders,” she added.
“With such an important mandate to shape and guide our youth via such training, you can be sure that the National Cultural Foundation selected some of the islands’ most experienced and skilled tutors to achieve this,” she meanwhile stressed.
Each tutor, she said, not only works with the NCF to plan the training sessions, but is also subject to performance reviews, to ensure that the transfer of skills is of the standard required.
Meanwhile, youth commissioners from the Youth Division of the Ministry of Youth are charged with the responsibility of monitoring the programme. (RSM)