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Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson, has applauded the work of the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), for successfully implementing a strategy to provide both technical and tangible financial assistance to youth clubs and uniformed groups.
In her contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12, Mrs. Henry Wilson pointed out that uniformed groups, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, Girls Brigade, and Boys Brigade had benefited from an increased grant of $300,000 per organisation last year.
“This represented a $50,000 increase, which was intended to improve the ability of these organisations to implement social intervention programmes related to HIV/AIDS and violence reduction through dispute resolution,” she said.
The Minister also announced that for this fiscal year the uniformed groups would each receive a $500,000 grant to carry out their work.
Mrs. Henry Wilson pointed out that in 2006, the NCYD provided grants valued at $25,000 each to 100 youth clubs across the island, totalling $2.5 million.