Young people in the Bethel community were encouraged to examine the possibilities of skill-based entrepreneurship. This was the message conveyed on Friday, August 23 at the graduation ceremony of the July/August camp hosted by the Bethel Youth Development Centre. The event celebrated the accomplishments of the camps 34 participants. The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs spearheaded the annual three-week camp as part of its ongoing commitment to provide youth with skills and core competencies that aid in their holistic development.
During the graduation ceremony, participants were given the opportunity to set up several display booths showcasing all they had learnt. The areas covered include: paper-art, baking, confectionery, small appliance repairs, cellphone repairs, sewing, environmental information and agriculture. Campers Julice Gardiner and Elijah Roberts manned a small appliance booth as part of their display and expressed excitement at their new ability to repair microwaves and fans. Gardiner shares, “I learnt how to repair kettles, fans and microwaves. I’m happy because now I would be able to fix things for my family and persons in the neighbourhood.”
In his remarks, Programme Coordinator in the Department of Youth Affairs Julien Skeete highlighted the importance of providing an avenue for youth to explore and utilise their skills and talents. He noted, “The Division stands firmly committed to youth development as we continue to provide a space for young people to learn and develop skills that they never knew they had.” Skeete also invited young persons to share ideas that can improve the Centre.
Youth Development Centre Coordinator, Janice McMillan presented participants with certificates during the graduation ceremony. She emphasised, “Today is a proud day, and we hope it doesn’t end here, as we would like participants to get certified and pursue entrepreneurship. Start considering the contributions you can make to your community and by extension your island. Put your new skills to work and create an impact not only for yourself but for those around you.” Special awards were also presented to: Renelle Rennie, (Most outstanding), Julice Gardiner (Most helpful), Elijah Roberts, (Best overall), Elisha James and Shemar Toppin, (Most improved).