Barrack Obama’s inspiring Presidential campaign slogan ‘Yes You Can’, may now become a mantra in the community of Castle Bruce as the youth have now formed themselves into an advocacy network.
The young people will be launching the Youth and Community Advocacy Network (YouCAN) on August 21, 2010 at the Castle Bruce Primary School commencing at 6 pm.
YouCAN, the brainchild of the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI), is an attempt by that programme to get youth from varying Caribbean islands in which the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP) operates, to unite and advocate for good quality early childhood development (ECD) and family support services in their respective communities as well as to highlight youth’s active involvement and contributions to community and national socio-economic development through the RCP.
The purpose of the YouCAN therefore, is to engage in discourse and advocate on the behalf of young children and families living in disadvantaged circumstances where ECD services are not available or accessible to them.
Castle Bruce’s YouCAN see as their main focus the empowering and equipping of young persons with the skills and opportunities they need to make positive contributions to their communities. Specifically the group seeks to make a difference in the lives of young children and youth in Castle Bruce so that they may become competent and caring adults as well as to provide pertinent information to parents and families, teachers and all community leaders about the benefits of early childhood development. It also encourages youth-led and youth-designed community projects that seek to help young people aged 13-29 to develop leadership, social and other life skills. Additionally, YouCAN seeks to empower children and youth toward making a positive difference in their communities by providing them with the necessary education and skills to take action. These opportunities include community events and extra-curricular activities.
The launch will feature the youth of Castle Bruce displaying their talents in song, poetry and dance. Specially invited guests include The Honourable Johnson Drigo, Parliamentary Secretary in Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports, Director of ChildFund Caribbean Mr. Francis Joseph and RCP Coordinator, Nisbertha Buffong.
Upcoming activities for this group include, but not limited to, a reading programme for children in the 8-12 year age group, the painting of a mural in the community that represents good family values and a Castle Bruce beautification project.
The overall purpose of the young people of YouCAN Castle Bruce “is to make a difference and change lives for the better,” emphasized Miss Elma Boland, the group’s president.