Castle Bruce parl rep recognizes importance of YouCAN

Honourable Johnson Drigo Parliamentary Secretary in Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports with the executive members of YouCAN Castle Bruce

The Parliamentary Representative of the Castle Bruce constituency Johnson Drigo is impressed with the launch of the Castle Bruce Youth and Community Advocacy Network (YouCAN) held on August 21.

According to a press release, Drigo, who is also Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports, described the launch as a well executed one.

“I am so proud of the young people from this community,” he said.

“I am extremely elated that the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) and RCP took on such a venture, to engage the young people for an important cause such as advocating for Early Childhood Development (ECD). Our youth today are the parents of tomorrow” Minister Drigo added.

YouCAN is an initiative of the CCSI, to engage youth from varying Caribbean islands to unite and advocate for good quality early childhood development (ECD) and family support services in their respective communities, especially the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP).  YouCAN also aims to highlight the active involvement and contributions of young people to community and national socio-economic development through the RCP, the press release issued by the Roving Caregivers’ Programme stated.

The purpose of the YouCAN is to engage others and advocate on the behalf of young children and families living in disadvantaged circumstances where ECD services are not available or accessible.

Minister Drigo believes that YouCAN is a new beginning to support a structure that already exists adding, “as such I pledge my support to the YouCAN members.”

YouCAN Castle Bruce’s launch saw performances of original pieces from its members in the form of poems, songs and dance.

“The young people were truly amazing in their performances and they worked really hard to put this event together” said Elma Boland YouCAN president.

A reading programme for children ages 6-12 years in the Castle Bruce community is the next major task to be undertaken by the YouCAN group.

A Youth and Community Advocacy Network for the Kalinago territory is also on the agenda for CCSI and the Roving Caregivers’ Programme.

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4 Comments

  1. MMI
    August 31, 2010

    It is great that an achievement such as thh as this has been highlighted, the young people need the support not only in words but in action. Castle Bruce huge congratulations to you and kudos to the CCSI and RCP.

  2. Eh beh weh
    August 30, 2010

    Parl rep you need to create avenues of employment for the young people them and stop feeling proud of them. Proud of them for what to see so many of them unemployed and idle in the constituency? Is that how you like to see them. But then again it is those nonsense that you people consider as development that’s why Castle Bruce will stay just so trust me. Cause too many of us are feeling good just to be there. PArl rep i don’t want you to feel proud of me i want employment opportunities so that i can build my house and farhter my education and buy my vehecle etc etc.Or because you do not have any of the above so you don’t see it fit to be aggressive in creating employment for me? BON CHANCE PARL REP

  3. August 30, 2010

    Congratulations mr.Drigo! You have always given the youth priority, May the Lord guide you in your efforts! thanks

    Fr.Esprit

  4. Shatta
    August 30, 2010

    I am very proud of you Parl-rep. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to Castle Bruce Reunion 2011.

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