The Centre Where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS) will host a one week program of activities as part of it 20th Anniversary under the theme: “Character and Efficiency: Our Heritage, Our Future and Our Bond”.
CALLS is based in Portsmouth and is a registered non-government and not-for-profit organization.
It came into existence on April 19 1995.
CALLS operates an Early Childhood Development Centre, a Craft and Woodworking Outlet, a Laundry, a Cosmetology service and a farm at the One Mile Agricultural Station which provides skills training opportunities for the young persons from various parts of the island from ages 16 to 22.
CALLS tutor, Ashton Riviere told Dominica News Online on Friday that from inception the institution has graduated 377 young persons from a two-year program being offered and many have opened their own businesses.
On July 3, 2014, 22 students graduated from the program.
“So far 377 young persons have graduated from that program and quite a few of the students have opened their own businesses,” Riviere said.
Additionally many graduates have been employed within the Portsmouth community, he noted.
Riviere said the Portsmouth Beach Hotel, M&R Trading, Ross University School of Medicine are among businesses located in Portsmouth which help provide internship for the students.
According to him, one of the courses mandatory at CALLS is small business and customer service, “So that anytime they leave CALLS they have some idea on what it takes to operate their own business and also what it takes to work in the service industry.”
“If they open their own business their customer service skills will help them in ensuring the success of their business,” Riviere pointed out.
CALLS is now offering Caribbean Certificate of Secondary School Learning (CCSLC) courses in English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, French and Social Studies and expects by 2015 to offer Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) courses.
Activities for the week of celebration will begin on October 13, 2014 with an Official Opening Ceremony and launch of a commemorative 20th Anniversary Magazine at the CALLS Centre in Portsmouth.
This will be followed by a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated on October 16 from 9am by Bishop of Roseau, Most Reverend Gabriel Malzaire as Presider and Homilist, and will close on October 17 from 9:30 am.