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The Social Development Commission (SDC) is aiming to have unattached youths consider the various opportunities open to them, through a workshop to be held at Winters Park, Kitson Town, St. Catherine, on June 23.
The Newland Youth Development workshop is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., with the main address to be presented by Mayor of Spanish Town, Dr. Andrew Wheatley. Other presentations will be made by Claudette Richardson Pious and the ‘Bashy Bus Krew’.
The afternoon session will start with brief introductory presentations from selected agencies. After these presentations, youths will have an opportunity to engage these agencies on a one-and-one basis for more detailed information, and to register for the programmes of their choice.
Participating agencies include the National Youth Service; Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning; Jamaica Business Development Centre; Jamaica National Small Business Loan; Jamaica Constabulary Force and the HEART Trust /NTA.
The workshop seeks to target at least 50 youths from across the Newland community who are between 15 and 25 years of age, who are neither working nor attending school on a regular basis. Participants will also be encouraged to start the process of reflecting on their future plans and aspirations.
The young people will be guided through a follow-up monitoring process, which will be done through the registration.
There are a large number of unattached youths in the Newland community, who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved with delinquent behaviour.