Empowering At-Risk Youth: Launch of Innovative Project to Foster Growth and Opportunity
May 16, 2024
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Today marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to empowering at-risk youth as we unveil our latest initiative, the Youth Empowerment Network Project (YENP). With a dedicated focus on nurturing the potential of our young individuals facing adversities, YENP aims to provide them with the tools, resources and mentorship necessary to thrive and succeed. This initiative targets aspiring youth, young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs between the ages of 16-35 with a special focus on at-risk male and youth from marginalized communities.


In collaboration with the BYBT Barbados, the Dominica Youth Business Trust, local partners and stakeholders, YENP has been meticulously curated to address the unique challenges faced by at-risk youth in our communities. By offering a coordinated, comprehensive program and support system, we aspire to cultivate a nurturing environment where every young person feels valued, supported, and empowered to pursue their dreams, hopes and aspirations.


“At-risk youth are often faced with numerous obstacles that can hinder their personal and professional development,” said Fabian Isaac, Coordinator, Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust. “Through this project, we aim to break down those barriers and harness the energy of youth towards more productive activities and support their contribution towards the development of their communities.”  


Key components of the Youth Empowerment Network Project include:


  1. Skills     Development Workshops: Workshops and training sessions focused on     essential life skills such as personal development, problem solving, healthy lifestyles and workplace success, to equip youth with the skills     they need to succeed.
  2. Business     Development Workshops: Workshop series which focuses on providing the     necessary skills to initiate and sustain a business. The training is designed     to ensure that the participants make a successful transition from the     development of the business idea to the successful completion of a     business plan.
  3. Mentorship     Program: Matching at-risk youth with experienced mentors who can provide     guidance, support, and encouragement as they navigate life’s challenges.
  4. Business     Support/Aftercare Services: These services provide much needed hand holding support to beneficiaries. This assistance helps ensure the     establishment and sustainability of the businesses.
  5. Psycho-Social     Support: These services will be provided in order to address the ongoing     psychological and social problems that many vulnerable youth experiences.  
  6. Community     Engagement: Collaborating with government organizations, NGO’s, businesses     and community leaders to create a supportive network for at-risk youth and     foster a sense of belonging and community pride.





SLYBT recognizes that every young person is unique, and as such, our programs are tailored to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of our participants. Whether they aspire to enter the workforce or explore entrepreneurial endeavours, we are committed to providing them with the support and resources they need to turn dreams into reality.


For more information about the Youth Empowerment Network Project and how you can get involved, please call 452-3165 or email us at slybtslu@gmail.com.


As we embark on this journey of empowerment and transformation, we call upon the entire country to join us in supporting our at-risk youth. Together, we can create a future where every young person has the opportunity to thrive, succeed, and make meaningful contributions to society.



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