Two youths from Dominica, who were recently appointed youth ambassadors, are embarking on projects as part of their local strategic plans for CARICOM youth leaders.
Natasha Jervier-Maxwell and Dalton Maronie became CARICOM youth ambassadors at a ceremony held recently in Suriname and they say they are looking forward to getting their projects off the ground.
Jervier-Maxwell said she is embarking on a protocol-oriented project aimed at teaching young people the code of conduct at certain functions, dress codes and “the general idea of the ideal lady or gentleman.”
“We complain about the youth not doing what they have to or not measuring up in society,” she said. “But what I have noticed is that adults no longer take the time to teach young people anything and they just expect them to know.”
The nine-month project will target high school students 2nd to 4th form and youth involved in volunteer groups or non profit organizations such as Rotaract, National Youth Council, Optimist, Church Groups, among others.
The young people will learn the difference between formal, semi formal, casual or elegantly casual dress codes, how to sit at various function, removal of hats when entering a building, placements of flags at functions and many more.
Meanwhile Maronie said his project will seek to develop music among the youth and probably have the artform instituted in all schools.
“Young people need an avenue to express themselves constructively and I think music can provide such avenue,” he said.
Maronie said the project is expected to target all students, whether they are academically inclined or not, and help them appreciate the importance of music.
He said he intends to contact the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education and Chief Education Officer about his project and he intends to seek funding from every possible source in order to get it going.
“We need to keep the youth occupied,” he said. “We need to provide an avenue for them so that they will not become delinquents.”
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